You Need to be prepared if your area is prone to flooding
It Pays to Prepare for Flooding.
If your home or business is flooded it can be costly, not just in terms of money and time but also inconvenience and heartache.
While it’s impossible to completely flood-proof a property, there are lots of things you can do to reduce the damage flooding can cause.
The key is to act now so you’re prepared if there’s a flood in your area.
Protect your Property
Whether you rent or own your home or business premises, there are many things you can do to help yourself. Some are simple and temporary while others involve permanent structural work.
You can also make improvements so that even if flood water enters your property it causes less damage, so drying-out and cleaning up is faster and easier. This means you could move back home or open for business far more quickly.
Am I at risk of flooding?
You need to find out. It could save you money and help you protect yourself and your property – maybe even save your life. Even if your home or business is not directly at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea, you could still be affected by surface or groundwater flooding
The most important thing is to prepare now by buying and installing flood products in advance. Don’t wait until flooding looks likely as you won’t have time to buy or put the measures in place.
Try to Keep Flood Water Out
Doors: buy specially made flood doors or purpose-built flood boards that can be installed when flooding is imminent. You can also raise door thresholds.
Walls and floors: raise damp-proof brick courses. Sealing floors (‘tanking’) can prevent water rising through the ground.
Air bricks: buy specially designed covers that are easy to place over ventilation bricks.
Drains and pipes: fit non-return valves to drains and water inlet and outlet pipes.
…but accept that flood water might get in.
Inside the House
In the case of bigger floods this actually needs to happen otherwise the weight of the water outside might cause the building to collapse. Here are some things you can do to reduce the damage floodwater might cause inside:
Shelving: put irreplaceable or valuable items on high-mounted shelves.
Home entertainment: fix your audio-visual equipment, for example your TV and hi-fi, to the wall about 1.5 metres above floor level.
Skirting: fit water-resistant skirting boards, or varnish them.
Pump: fit a pump in a basement or under-floor void to extract flood water.
Walls, Flooring Etc.
Walls: dry-line. Use horizontal plasterboard, or lime-based plaster instead of gypsum. Get a special draining system for cavity walls.
Flooring: lay tiles with rugs rather than fitted carpets, which often need to be replaced after a flood.
Doors and windows: install synthetic or waxed windows and doors, or varnish.
Kitchen and bathroom: use water-resistant materials such as stainless steel, plastic or solid wood rather than chipboard. Where possible raise fridges and appliances on plinths.
Electricals: raise electrical sockets, fuse boxes, controls and wiring to at least 1.5 metres above floor level. If rewiring, bring cables down the wall to the raised socket so that cabling isn’t affected.