by Housesimple on 27th January 2017
Recent news stories have shown, once again, just how vulnerable our properties can be when torrential rain and tidal surges hit. While it’s impossible to make any property 100% flood-proof, there are things you can do to help prevent floodwater getting in, and to limit the damage it can do.
Like many people, you may think stacking sandbags around a property is the best (and perhaps, only) thing to do when it comes to stopping floodwater from entering your home. However, while this can help prevent contaminated mud and silt from entering a property (especially when used with plastic sheeting), it’s only likely to be effective for a relatively short time. Also, sand bags aren’t able to stop water from seeping through, so they’re not as effective as purpose-designed flood products.
There are a range of purpose-built flood defence products available, such as:
An independent directory of useful flood protection products (‘the Blue pages’) is available from the National Flood Forum charity.
It’s estimated that, on average, most people are unable to live in their homes for nine months after a serious flooding has occurred. Fortunately, the Environment Agency has come up with some handy home tips which can help limit the damage a flood can cause, helping residents to return to their homes that much quicker. These tips include:
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