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HOW CAN I PROTECT MY HOME FROM FLOODING?

AS THE UK CLIMATE CHANGES, SO MUST OUR PREPARATION FOR FLOOD EVENTS

You can give yourself some control over the risk of flood by investing in some flood protection for your home.

RESISTANCE AND RESILIENCE

There are two categories that flood protection falls into and ideally buildings should be fitted with both. Flood Resistance helps prevent water getting into buildings. Examples include:

  • Removable barriers on doors and windows
  • Temporary seals for doors and air bricks
  • One-way valves on toilets and drainage pipes to prevent
    sewage backing up during a flood
  • Pump and sump systems which drain water from below
    floor level faster than it rises.

Flood Resilience ensures minimal damage is done if water does get in. Examples include:

  • Using ceramic or stone tiles instead of laminate or wood
  • Raising electrical sockets to above 1.5m
  • Fitting stainless steel or solid wood kitchens instead of chipboard
  • Replacing wooden window frames with UPVC.

Useful tips

  • Special waterproof bags can be used to protect possessions from flood water. These can be large enough to take furniture or even your car.
  • Place items that are likely to be easily damaged higher up in a room, or keep them upstairs.
  • Install water sensors to detect rising water and allow an early warning. Sign up to the Environment Agency’s Floodline warnings service.
  • If the flood water on the outside of your property becomes deeper than 1m, then allow it to come into your home as the water pressure could cause walls to collapse.

HELPING YOU TO PROTECT YOUR HOME

Having the right insurance in place can help with the financial cost if your home is flooded. To find out how NFU Mutual home insurance can help protect your home, visit NFU Mutual Wessex agency website, based in both Salisbury and Wareham.