Flood Advice/Information Page

Sadly, flooding is an increasing problem across the country, the world in fact. Here in the UK, one in every six properties is at risk of flooding. In spite of this fact, many are not aware that their property could be at risk from flooding.

Those who have been through the awful experience of being flooded do not wish to go through it again. Homeowners have lost personal possessions, and the family had to live through the trauma of seeing their home ruined. They had to find somewhere else to live while trying to carry on with normal daily life. At the same time organising the repairs to their home, so that they could move back home as quickly as possible. Sometimes this can take years. This is undoubtedly a very stressful time.

Likewise, for business owners, losing vital stock, being closed for business and revenue loss has severely affected their business. Whether a residential, industrial or commercial property, being unable to use the building during the drying-out process causes great inconvenience.

Advice to be better prepared for flooding

  • Sign up for free flood warnings. To receive a free text, email or phone call if your property is at risk from a flood. The advanced notice gives you time to assemble your flood barriers and flood prevention products. Also, to move personal possessions up high.
  • Make a personal flood plan. This handy template provided by the Environment Agency covers just about everything. Please take a few minutes to complete the form. Then keep it inside a polythene bag, along with a flood kit/grab bag.
  • Have you checked that your insurance policy covers you for flooding? Sadly, many have flooded and afterwards discovered that their insurance didn’t cover flooding.

How to protect a home or business from flooding

Flood Resilience

Basically, ‘Flood Resilience’ means to let the water in, but adapting the property and contents to minimise flood damage. As a result, this enables the clean-up process to be quicker. Just a few examples as follows:

  • Solid wood or stainless steel kitchen.
  • Solid wood furniture and skirting boards.
  • Waterproof and breathable plaster applied to interior walls.
  • Raise electric plug sockets.
  • White goods raised off the floor.

‘Flood Resilience’ is exceptionally demonstrated and explained in Mary Dhonau’s latest EMag. Here, you will find a vast amount of information and advice to help if you are considering the ‘Flood Resilience’ option. Mary is a wonderful lady who’s own home has flooded on many occasions. With her extensive experience in advising and supporting victims of flooding, Mary works tirelessly to promote flood awareness.

Flood Resistance

‘Flood Resistance’ is what we specialise in, and is also the lowest-cost option. Of course, some situations require a combination of both measures.
In brief, ‘Flood Resistance’ means to install flood protection products which stop the floodwater from entering a property.

Flood Protection Products and Flood Prevention for Homes and Businesses

Flood Defence Products
  • Flood defence products for flood prevention and defence.
  • Nautilus temporary flood barriers quickly assemble and are removable for easy storage. Suitable for residential, commercial and industrial properties, flood-proofing any size doorway, window or opening.
  • Floodgates and floodwalls provide flood protection for driveways, gardens, gateways and pathways.
  • Anti-flood airbricks ‘SMART AirBricks®‘ automatically close in a flood.
  • Non-return valves and backwater valves allow water to exit a property but prevent the entry of floodwater.
  • Seal all around any entry and exit points of any pipes and cables with a waterproof silicone sealant.
  • Fill any cracks or holes with mortar, re-point if excessive.
  • Apply waterproof and breathable sealant to the exterior walls.
  • Flood pumps are very efficient at diverting floodwater away from the property.

Contact us for a free quotation and advice.

It is important to realise that floodwater will attempt to find its way in to be level with the water outside. As can be seen above, there are many ways to hold the water back for as long as possible. However, in the event of the floodwater getting too high, such as a depth of one metre, the water should be let in. In this situation, the pressure of the water can severely damage the structure of the building.


Flood Kit/Grab Bag

Without a doubt, having prepared an emergency flood kit ‘grab bag’ of essential items can minimise the stress. The following items could generally be useful whether you’re able to stay in your home, or whether being evacuated.

  • Personal Flood Plan.
  • Insurance and other essential documents.
  • Mobile phones, charger leads, plugs and portable chargers.
  • List of telephone numbers; Insurance emergency helpline number, local council, family and friends.
  • Medication and repeat prescriptions.
  • Medical devices (glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and batteries)
  • Cash and credit cards.
  • Torch with spare batteries, or a wind-up torch.
  • Warm clothing and bedding.
  • Toothbrush and other bathroom essentials.
  • Wellington boots, waterproof clothing and rubber gloves.
  • Children’s essentials (milk, bottles, baby food and spoons, nappies, clothing, teddy/comforter)
  • Water and food.

 

Above all, do not forget to take as many photos as possible. Recording the damage for your insurance company unquestionably helps with your claim.

Register To Receive Flood Warnings

Alerts are live 24/7, straight from the Environment Agency, it takes less than a minute to join.

Flood Warning

Click on the image above to check on the current flood warnings that are in place.

Complete Your Personal Flood Plan

Act now by planning what you would do in a flood. Don’t wait until it happens, you may not have time. Completing a flood plan will help you decide what practical actions to take before and during a flood, which will help reduce the damage flooding could cause.

Know Your Flood Risk

Probably the most informative and helpful website out there! Offers great advice and guidance for before, during and after a flood.

Free downloadable: ‘Homeowners Guide to Flood Resilience’

National Flood Forum

Has lots of helpful pages offering advice and support. The National Flood Forum is a national charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities and individuals at risk of flooding.

Ecogrid Permeable Paving

Tarmac, concrete and block paved drives can be problematic with surface water collection and surface water run-off leading to localised flooding and damage to property. A cost effective and easy to install solution to this problem is a permeable paving, recycled plastic grid called Ecogrid.

Flood Control: What You Can Do

Some great ideas for creating a rain garden which prevents excess rainwater from flooding your property.

How We Can Make A Difference To Reduce Flooding

By making small changes, we could all make a big difference. By flushing items down the toilet that should go into the bin, sewers become blocked and full. Then with extreme rainfall the sewers then can overflow and flood properties and gardens with sewage water.