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Flood prevention advice

It’s impossible to completely flood-proof your property but there are things you can do to reduce the damage a flood may cause.

  • Flood awareness

     

    Find out if you’re at risk.

    1. Determine the flood risk to your property – the Environment Agency (EA - England and Wales) and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) offer an online postcode search to see if your local area is at risk.

    2. Find out what flood prevention schemes are available or planned in your area.

    3. Sign up to Flood Warnings Direct from EA to receive warnings by phone, text or email. SEPA offer a similar flood warning scheme by phone.

    4. Visit the National Flood Forum website for useful information including a directory of flood related products.

  • Flood resistance measures

     

    Form a barrier against flood water getting into your property.

    1. Use flood barriers/defences e.g. over doors and other openings where water can get in.

    2. Sandbags or similar alternative products can be used for basic or emergency protection.

    3. Air brick covers can be fitted and then removed when flood waters recede.

    4. Non return valves to drainage systems prevent water backing up into the property.

    5. Pump and sump systems can be used to mitigate damage.

  • Flood resilience

     

    Reduce the impact of water entering your property and aid the recovery process.

    1. Raise electrical sockets, fuse boxes, controls and wiring to above likely flood levels. If rewiring, bring cables down the wall to the raised socket so cabling isn’t affected.

    2. Consider more flood resistant flooring such as concrete with tiles instead of carpet.

    3. Use more water resistant plaster on walls or on part of the wall.

    4. Use flood-proof materials e.g. plastic skirtings, stainless steel, solid wood or plastic fixtures/fittings or removable fixtures/fittings at vulnerable levels.

    5. Where possible, relocate more vulnerable items to upper floors, otherwise raise as much as possible above likely flood levels.

    If you’re going to make permanent changes to protect your property against flooding, we strongly recommend you seek professional advice from a building surveyor, architect or other professional.

Take a look at our 'Top Tips to Prepare for Flooding' to find out more:

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