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Reducing the risk of flooding: Five essential steps to take

Flooding can happen very quickly, and once it does, it can have a devastating impact on the mental health of both home and business owners. The stress and anxiety of dealing with the aftermath of a flood, including property damage, loss of possessions, and financial strain, can take a significant toll on a person’s emotional well-being. The uncertainty of when they will be able to return to their home or reopen their business can also cause feelings of frustration and helplessness.

In the midst of winter, the risk of flooding is high, but it can also be high in summer as a sudden downpour in an urban environment can cause just as much havoc from surface water flooding and drainage surcharging. However, there are things we can do to mitigate or prevent this from happening. Take a look at this guide on five essential steps about how the risk of flooding can be reduced.


1. Check the Environment Agency’s flood warning system

First things first, check if your property is located in a flood warning area. You can also use this website to check if your property is located within an area that is prone to potential flooding. It will let you know if your area is deemed a high flood-risk area. Even if your house is not at long-term risk, according to the government website, heavy rainfall can still cause flooding. It’s not only properties next to rivers that flood.


2. Locate weak points in your home

Determining the weaker points in your house or commercial property can be an effective way to limit the risk of a flood. For example, identifying any points where flood water could potentially enter the building, such as through doorways, air bricks, cracks or windows.

Where it is safe to do so, all roof gutters, down pipes and gully drains should be checked for blockages or leaks. To detect any weak points or leaks, check your windows and doors and get your roof assessed. Once all this is established, it is good practice to get them repaired.


3. Use water-resistant materials

Consider using water-resistant materials for flooring, walls, and furniture in flood-prone areas of your home, especially on ground floors. For example, use tile or sealed concrete instead of carpet. You can use flood-resistant doors and windows. They are strong and can withstand water and debris. When closed, they create a seal to protect your house from water.


4. Make a flood plan

It is always a good idea to have an emergency flood plan detailing which areas of the house or office require flood resistance. A flood plan helps you prepare for flooding. It also helps reduce the impact on your home, business, or community. Additionally, it aids in the recovery process. For further guidance, you can visit the GOV.UK website.


5. Raise your household appliances

Similarly, you can elevate household appliances on plinths or move them off the ground floor to protect their mechanics. Televisions and sound systems can also be raised above flood level to the wall. You can also request to have your electrical sockets raised if need be. This is worthwhile if you are based in a high-risk area.

If you require a flood risk assessment to determine if your property is at risk, feel free to get in touch with us today.



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