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How to Protect Your Home From Flooding?

31 January 2017

Extreme weather conditions put anyone living near the coast at an even higher risk of flooding. Although a house flood can be incredibly stressful, upsetting and costly, there are some ways to minimise the long-term effects. Williams Lynch says, “Many household items can be restored to their former glory if you act fast enough, and there’s plenty of help available too.”

Firstly, it’s important to focus on the impact any flooding has on your family, especially children and older relatives. Take advantage of friends and family members who are keen to help out- having someone bring food for the kids can be a godsend when you’re running around trying to get things sorted out- and if they’ve got a spare room that’s even better. Denhan Guaranteed Rent stresses the importance of self-care during this stressful time- “Make sure you eat well, get enough sleep and take care of yourself- you’re far more likely to be able to cope with all the stress of a flood if your emotional wellbeing is a priority.”

Check for the weak points in the property?

Floodwater can find its into your property through a number of routes. The main points of entry for the water to enter the property is through the doors and patios, however, water can find its way through air bricks and the gaps in the floor. There are also weak spots in your drains and pipes, if these areas are damaged or blocked, the water can build up and cause the flooding to reverse the flow and cause a back up of water. The water will enter the property through either toilets, sinks or washing machines. If you are not sure that all the areas

Check the Environment Agency’s flood warning system

It is important to check if your property is potentially at risk of flooding the area. The Environment Agency monitors all areas of the UK and you are able to check:

  • If you are at immediate risk of flooding in your area
  • If there is a chance of flooding within the next 5 days
  • If there is a chance of flooding could impact on your property in the future

You can also sign up to the Environment Agency website for immediate warnings of flooding. Signing up is completely free so it is definitely a worthwhile procedure especially if you are looking to buy a property in an area that is completely new to you.

Can I limit the Amount of the Damage that can be Caused by Flooding?

It can be sometimes the case where no matter how much protection you have put in place the flood water may still enter your property. However, there are ways of making sure your home is flood resilient and therefore the limit the amount of damage. Simple steps such as:

  • Elevating electrical equipment off the floor- having the equipment 1.5 metres of the floor can ensure the level
  • Making sure high valuable items are on high selves
  • Instead of fitted carpets, have tiled flooring with rugs
  • installed electrical sockets at 1.5 metres high (it is a costly procedure but if you are living in an area where the risk of flooding is high, it is definitely worth considering)

Types of Flood Resistant Products

The type of protection against flooding if it is an emergency has been traditionally the use of sandbags. Using sandbags are particularly effective if you are in need of an emergency, however, they can be difficult to dispose of and take up a lot of space. There are more long term effective procedures that should be carried out when protecting your property from flooding with water-resistant barriers, flood resistant doors and self-sealing bricks.

Make a plan

Concentrate on safety. Whilst your home is a big part of your life, it’s not as important as life itself. Turn off the electricity and gas, be careful not to slip and don’t do any unnecessarily heavy lifting on your own- bricks and mortar can never out trump human life so take a deep breath and keep you and your family and pets safe before worrying about the house itself.

Remove the water

You’ll need a pump and a very large bucket- these can be easily found in DIY stores. This is a messy and time-consuming job so wear protective clothing and say yes to anyone who offers to help you.

Clean the area up and dry it out

Floods are messy things, so you’ll need to be prepared for a lot of cleaning up after the event. Once everything is clean and the water has gone, you’ll then need to get it dry again. This is something that can take months to properly achieve, so set about getting your home to a good temperature (around 22 degrees centigrade should do it) will help you avoid that dreaded damp smell.

As Andrew Reeves says, it’s always worth calling in the professionals. “A flood in the home can be one of the most stressful things you’ll ever experience. Whilst it’s possible to handle the mess and cleaning up yourself, it makes sense to get someone in to take care of it- it will take the pressure off you, and you’ll be able to relax knowing that they’re experts who know how to get it done quickly and prevent further damage later along the line.”

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