Flooding is something that many scientists warn is likely to be something that we will see more of unfortunately, due to climate change and more extreme weather conditions happening not just in the UK but all around the world.
Being prepared for flooding is very important and can make the difference between disaster and safety. Protecting your home from flooding is something that everyone should be knowledgeable and aware of.
The first thing that you should always do when protecting against flooding is to keep an eye on weather reports and warnings. Both the met office and the Environment agency put warnings out to people in areas where flooding may pose a risk, so it is a good idea to keep up to date with these regularly so that you can ensure that you are well prepared. They will also offer lots of useful information on dealing with flooding.
Making sure that you haven’t got anything increasing your flood risk is also important – for example, if you suspect there may be a problem with your drains, get in touch with someone like drain lining company Wilkinson environmental who will be able to make repairs and keep your drains in good health – thus reducing your risk of flooding. Things like this are best done by experts who have the right knowledge and equipment to do the job properly, so don’t be tempted to have a go yourself as you may not be able to resolve the issue, or you could even end up making it worse!
Other things that you can do to prevent water from getting into your home is have a good supply of sandbags at the ready and have door guards which can stop water from getting into the house underneath the doors. You can also have floors sealed which helps to stop water coming up from underneath the building Local councils often will be able to advise you of where to get sandbags from and also may provide them if you have trouble collecting them.
Preparing the inside of your home in case the water does get in is a good idea too. Having flooring like tiles downstairs means that cleaning up flood water that has made its way in is much easier – for example if you have carpets then you would have pull it all up and have it replaced if flood water has got into the house.
It is also a good idea to have electric sockets higher up the wall as this reduces the chances of water getting into the electrics and causing a lot of damage which can be expensive to repair as well as very dangerous.
You garden can also play a part in protecting your home – a landscape gardener will be able to design a garden in a way that can move the water away from your home, and come up with ways to do this.