Flooding can be a big problem for homeowners in certain parts of the UK as we’ve seen most recently with the disastrous floods at the start for 2014 and throughout the summer of 2013! With around 5 million properties in England at risk of flooding, and over £1 billion worth of damage caused at the start of this year, preventing your home from flood damage is essential.
Nobody can control the weather so it is not usually possible to prevent flooding. However, there are precautions you can take to prevent or minimise the damage it can cause;
1. Plan Ahead
Find out about your situation. Are you at risk of flooding? If so, make sure you have formed a plan. Find out how many of the following options are open to you, and make sure you have all you need to carry them out if necessary. A recent survey found that 55% of those living in flood-risk areas know they are at risk, and only 60% of those in flood-risk areas have taken some action to prepare for flooding – don’t get caught out without a plan.
2. Invest in a Submersible Pump
If floodwater gets into your home, you should try and remove the water as quickly and efficiently as possible. Submersible pumps are more effective and less labour intensive than bailing your home out with a bucket. If you are at risk, consider investing in such a pump ahead of time.
3. Move Objects
When flood warnings are raised, move as many of your positions out the floods path. Electronics, furniture, and anything else that is moveable and may be vulnerable to water damage should be moved upstairs. This may seem like an obvious solution, but when the waters start to rise, it can be difficult to move items quickly; therefore it is essential to be prepared. This is a very simple, easy way to prevent significant and costly damage to your possessions.
4. Block Water Out
It may be possible to keep water out, or at least to reduce the amount that gets in. Use sandbags against the bottoms of doors to help prevent it from flowing in to your home. Put plugs into all sinks and baths and then use something heavy to weigh them down so that water is less likely to come in through the drains.
5. Check Your Insurance
No flood plan is infallible. If you are at risk of flooding, it is important to ensure that any damage which should occur will be covered by your home insurance. Find out exactly what your policy covers in the event of flooding to make sure you are sufficiently protected. If you are not, consider changing policy.