Recently we have seen a sheer amount of heavy rain hit the UK, causing water levels to rise dangerously high, resulting in flooding of domestic and commercial properties. Flooding can cause devastating consequences to properties and even be a risk to life. In this article, we explain how to protect your home from flooding.
Top tips to protect your home from flooding
There are a number of measures you can take to protect your home from flooding. Firstly, you should assess how likely your property is to flood in these circumstances. Properties located in low lying areas or close to rivers/reservoirs are at risk of flooding, but that doesn’t mean properties in other areas won’t flood. You can check if you are at risk of flooding in England with the online check flood risk tool. The risk in your area will decide what measures you need to take in order to protect your property from flooding and the amount of money you’re willing to invest to do this. However, if you are in a low-risk area, it is still worth putting some basic things in place that will protect you in extreme weather.
Fixx have have collated our top tips to protect your home from flooding. Here are things you can do to protect your home from flooding:
- Check your drains – Your drains will prevent the build-up of excess water so, it’s important to check they are clear of debris to ensure they can effectively do their job. Also be careful what you put down the sinks or toilets in your home so, you don’t block them. If you find water does not drain away as it should, then there may be an issue further down the pipes. A drainage survey will determine where any blockages or damage to pipes are. If you are at high risk of flooding then you may have additional drainage installed near doorways or patio areas for example to help drain the excess water. Fixx have a team of drainage specialists operating across the North of England if you need our help please call us on 0330 3530 365.
- Sandbags – Although this is the most basic and old fashioned type of flood protection, placing sandbags at doorways will stem the flow and hopefully prevent water from entering the home. If you need to act fast then sandbags are a quick and effective solution, but they may not give enough protection in the event of heavy flooding. You can also place sandbags inside your house to minimise the area damaged if the water seeps through the external sandbags.
- Maintain grass areas – Many households choose to replace grass with hardstanding to park cars on or to create low maintenance gardens. However, grass and artificial grass offer really good drainage properties so, if you’re investing in hardstanding make sure you have sufficient drainage built in.
- Understand how water flows – It’s important you understand how water flows and the likely places it will enter your home so, you can put things in place to prevent it. Doorways (e.g. house and garage doors) are obvious points of entry for floodwater. Air bricks and brickwork where the pointing has deteriorated are also obvious points of entry. Identifying all the potential areas around your property where floodwater may enter and take measure to secure them.
- Minimise damage – Despite taking effective measures to protect your home from flooding, sometimes it isn’t enough and water may seep in. In areas where you are at risk of flooding, it’s always a good idea to take proactive steps that will minimise the damage caused in your home. For example, moving electrical sockets higher up the wall, storing items on racking and moving valuable items upstairs will help to prevent damage.
- Check you’re covered – Some insurance polices do not cover you for damage caused by floodwater so, it’s important to check you have adequate building and contents insurance to ensure you are covered in the event of a flood or other natural disaster.
Impact of Flooding on your Home
A flood can have devastating impacts so, the more measures you take to prevent or minimise the damage, the better.
Here at Fixx, we can help you with any drainage, plumbing, gas or electrical problems you may have as a result of flooding. If you need our help give us a call on 0330 3530 365 or simply fill in the online contact form with your request. One of our friendly helpdesk advisers will aim to get the relevant tradesperson out to you as quickly as possible.