Keep Your Head Above WaterWe are experiencing increased incidents of flash flooding and prolonged rainfall, which can cause major damage to an unprotected home.
1. Visually check the roof of your home for any damage and or missing slates and flashings. Flat roofs are particularly vulnerable to damage.
2. With roof coverings where you have any concern, have them inspected by a professional and arrange for repairs or replacement where necessary.
3. Keep all gutters, drainpipes and gullies around your home clear of leaves and other debris. This will prevent any water build-up allowing water to flow away quickly.
4. If you live in a flood prone area you need to;
Check what contingency plans your Local Authority has in place.
Be aware of any local flood warnings and evacuation procedures.
Get to know the contact numbers of your local emergency services.
Consider providing flood barriers to all ground floor openings including below ground floor air vents. It may be necessary to fit barriers across gateways or openings in boundary walls.
Consider fitting non return valves on underground drains & sewers.
Have access to sandbags for emergency use.
Consider installing intervening walls or banks.
5. If flooding is inevitable, there are basic steps you can take (but only if it is safe for you to do so)
Move possessions to an upstairs location or safely stack them.
Unplug electrical appliances and turn off electrical power.
Turn off water supplies at the mains.
6. When water subsides;
Remove and dry out any damaged floor coverings and possessions.
Proceed with any emergency repairs that help minimise damage.
Have the electric system checked for safety.