January can bring increased risk of flooding in many areas of the country. Heavy rains and melting snow can lead to waterlogged ground and swollen rivers, making floods a real worry for many, especially those on flood plains or other areas that are prone to problems. As a householder, it’s best to be prepared for the worst. From submersible pumps to remove excess water to stocking up on sandbags, we share our expert advice when it comes to protecting your home from flood water.

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There are usually advance warnings of floods, so you should have a plan to move the objects you can, such as electronics, furniture and so on, upstairs to keep them safe. Have sandbags on hand to stop water from getting in through doorways, and put plugs in sinks and baths to prevent water coming in via the drains.

If the worst should happen and you do get flooded, then it’s important to remove excess water as quickly as possible. It may therefore be worth investing in a sump pump; the quickest and easiest way to remove water and minimize flood damage.

The latest submersible pumps are designed to be submerged in water - unlike other types where the pump itself has to be kept dry. If you have a cellar or basement, you may already have a pump installed, but it’s also possible to get portable units for use in emergencies for clearing any area of water.

Most pumps will run from a standard mains electrical supply, and they often have a float valve that prevents the pump from running dry. Because you’re using an electrical device in the presence of water, it’s important to make sure that the circuit is protected by an ECB to prevent any accidents.

Submersible pumps come in a range of sizes, so consider which is likely to be best for your needs, taking into account the size of the area likely to be flooded. Pumps will usually have a filter to prevent them from becoming blocked by debris - an important feature when clearing flood water.

When pumping out flood water, you should pay careful attention to where it’s going to go. Make sure the pump discharges to an area where the water will flow away from the house and any neighboring properties.

If you would like to find more information on buying a submersible pump, read our complete guide here.