Thousands of people across the UK are currently in the unfortunate position of having their homes and property flooded by overflowing rivers and excessive rains. Just look at the news to see the scale of devastation that’s occurred. If you are in an area that is prone to flooding then there are several ways to protect yourself, including:
Investing in Sandbags
Sandbags are largely available, relatively cheap and can drastically help to keep water away from your property. By strategically placing sandbags around the property you can divert the course of the water away from your home and prevent it from entering your home. Be cure to act as soon as possible though for maximum efficiency.
Seal Doors and Low Windows
Entrances to your home are not just places to greet friendly guests, they’re places that water can enter too. The best way to sure them up is with purpose-built flood boards, which will work to keep rising water away from the door seals. These can be installed in very quick notice and are very effective for waters up to a certain height. Houses in flood-prone areas should always invest in flood-proof doors and windows, and in most areas there will be funding available to so so. However, this isn’t some quick fix – it needs to be done well in advance.
Fit Water Guards
There are certain points in your home that water can enter, such as ventilation bricks and drain pipes. By fitting guard covers and non-return valves you can stop water from invading you home from these points. Failing to do this can result in waste water entering the property and causing excessive damage.
Put Valuables Upstairs
If it is too late to prevent water from entering your home then you can reduce the amount of damage caused by the waters by moving valuable items to higher floors. If you have the space, moving things like sofas, TVs and electronics upstairs can save you thousands and prevent you having to make a hefty insurance claim.
Prepare Your Pool
If you have a swimming pool, you should drain it by 1 or 2 feet but not entirely. This will allow for some excess water to be taken on without damaging the pool’s finish or cracking the walls. Make sure that all the pool equipment is taken out and stored, continued use of this equipment during a flood can cause it to break due to large amounts of debris in the water. When the flood has receded you’ll want to carry out maintenance such as cleaning the debris out, balancing the water pH, super-chlorinating the water and running the filter until the water is clear again.
Areas that are flooded regularly can prevent the amount of damage that occurs during flooding by installing concrete or titled flooding. Another modification would be to move wall sockets higher up the wall and installing the boiler upstairs, both of these will prevent water-based electrical damage. These aren’t quick fixes and they can be expensive to install, but if flooding is a frequent occurrence then it can save a lot of time and money further down the line.