In our last blog we looked at some of the more basic measures to help protect against flooding. But those at risk of higher flood waters, or regular deluge may want to consider more advanced measures. Here we explore some of the Environmental Agency's recommendations and tips on flooding protections:
During floods, it’s not unusual for sewerage pipes to flood, sending a reverse flow of dirty water into your home. You don't have to be near a river for this to happen either, as threats of surface water flooding is rising. You can now check if you're at risk of this on the Environmental Agency's website. -You can though help limit the damage caused by taking care to plug internal pipes - such as basins, baths, lavatories and washing machines during flood alerts with old cloths weighed down with a brick, but a more reliable option is to fit non-return valves which stop the water flowing in reverse altogether.
Whether you suffer flooding from inside or out, flooring presents one of the greatest risks of property damage during a flood. Carpets will simply absorb all the dirty residue and will be expensive and time consuming to get re-ordered and fitted - which can delay how quickly your home gets back to normality. If you have a high or regular risk of flooding, laying ceramic or stone tiles could be a more practical alternative. Layer up with rugs to enjoy the warmth and comfort a carpet offers you, but gain the convenience of being able to roll and store the rugs when needed. Post flood, tiles can be cleaned up easily and will also dry quickly - increasing the speed at which you can re-enter and use your home. Although water pressure can cause tiles to lift, they can be replaced on an as-needed basis, so only cost you what's damaged.
If your sockets and wiring are damaged during a flood, perhaps consider future-proofing for future occasions in your repair job. Have them re-wired sufficiently above anticipated flood damage to protect them from future events. The same principle can also be adopted for boilers or heating systems.
In older properties, water channels were sometimes incorporated in anticipation of flooding, to give the water a safe through-route, or floors would be raised with a dedicated void area. Something similar could be an option to consider especially if you were already planning serious renovations or a new build in a vulnerable area. For others, uniting the community to work together on a solution that benefits the whole group might be more cost effective. Ie, on more advanced landscaping of the communal grounds to channel and divert flood water to a safe reservoir area and away from homes. Dedicated community based fundraising events could help contribute towards such initiatives.