How to Defend Your Home from Flooding

Flooding is a serious threat in the UK. One in five properties are at risk. To create a Flood Defence you need to prepare and understand what the risks are. Sandbags are the common defence, but modern alternatives exist such as instant sandbags.

Steps

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    Review the areas of risk. Where can water get into your home or business? Not just the doors - think about air bricks, garage doors and gaps around pipes.
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    Be prepared. Preparation is really important - review what products can help.
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    Follow your flood plan. Your flood plan should start by trying to divert the flow of water away from the property. Always remember that flood barriers and sandbags need to be on site before you need them. Do not depend upon getting them during a flood - everyone will have sold out!
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    Think about people first. If you think the water is imminent and could be greater than 50mm or fast moving - vacate the premises and get to high ground.
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    Consider having sandbags before you need them. Building sandbags defences takes time and you need lots of them. A typical house will require over 1 Tonnes. They need to be built in a triangular shape and interleave strong plastic sheets.
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    Turn off the electricity and gas. Seal flues (Leaving a note inside to remind you to remove the covers)
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    Move valuables upstairs or raise them off of the floor.
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    If you can keep a wind up radio and torch at hand. This will help with news and weather updates. If they are waterproof - even better.
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    If it is safe to do so - tell the neighbours.
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    If the water starts to rise fast it maybe wise to move upstairs - remember 20mm of water can move a car.
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    After the flood, avoid contact with anything that has been soaked in the flood water (You do not know what has been in it!)
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    Get professional advice on drying out any areas that have been flooded - Drying too quick can cause more damage.
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    Contact the insurance company and keep a record of the call details.
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    Take pictures of the damage before trying to sort it.

Tips

  • Think people then property.
  • Water is powerful.
  • If it gets too high - get to higher ground before you cannot.

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Categories: Disaster Preparedness