As flooding seems to be becoming more and more common in many parts of the UK, if your property is at risk, it’s important that you take the necessary precautions to flood proof your home, in order to prevent both structural and non-structural damage to your home.
Of course, there’s no such thing a completely flood-proof home, but by following these tips, you can make sure that it stands the best possible change of withstanding a flood if and when it occurs…
Non-return valves: Install non-return, one-way drainpipe valves. Using a hinged door, these valves allow water to go out but block any water coming in.
Air bricks: Upgrading your air bricks to automatic air bricks will help to ensure that flood water can’t get into your house through external vents. These bricks work in a similar way to non-return valves – preventing any water from getting into the house, whilst still allowing air to come in.
Electrical sockets: When flood proofing your home, you should re-wire your electrical sockets, making sure that they are at least 1.5m above ground level.
Electrical appliances: As well as raising your electrical sockets, you should also raise your electrical appliances off the floor –this can be done by using plinths or by mounting them to the wall.
Important documents: Always ensure that any important documents such as your insurance policies, passport, bank details, and sentimental photographs are locked up in a secure, waterproof place.
Sandbags: If your property is at risk of flooding, you should always ensure that you have a good supply of sandbags to hand. Your local council should have a stockpile of them, but you can also source them yourself from builder’s merchants.
Shelving: Install high shelves to store valuable items so that, in the event of flooding, they are away from the water.
Wooden floors and carpets: You should replace wooden floors and carpets with damp-proof membranes and ceramic tiles, being particularly careful to seal around the points where the walls join the floor. You can also add rugs, as these will be quick and easy to move away in the event of a flood warning.
Internal doors: Installing quick release internal doors will allow you to quickly and easily lift them off their hinges and move them out of the way so that they don’t absorb water in the event of a flood. Alternatively, you can fit synthetic or waxed doors to resist the floodwater.