In 2023, we’ve seen an increase in businesses flooded that were not previously considered at risk. Around 300,000 commercial properties in the UK face flood risk, is yours one of them? Here are tips to prepare for, prevent and minimise flood damage.
Know Your Flood Risk
According to Know Your Flood Risk, preparing for potential floods can reduce replacement costs for stock and equipment by up to 90%. Flooding damages property, equipment and building structures. Once flooding starts, minimising impact becomes extremely difficult.
Prepare for Flooding
The key is keeping water out for as long as possible. This allows time to set up sandbags, barriers and move critical items to higher ground.
- Raise heavy appliances on plinths.
- Install flood-resistant doors, windows, plaster and flooring.
- Permeable parking surfaces and sump pumps also help minimise water spread.
- Have a printed flood plan visible and communicate it to staff.
- Invest in a comprehensive flood risk assessment for tailored advice.
Protect Digital Assets
Many businesses rely on computers susceptible to water damage. Regularly back up data offsite and store important documents like contracts digitally.
Sign up for flood warnings even if you're not considered a high risk. Heavy rain, sewer overflows or burst pipes can happen anywhere. Stay aware.
After a Flood
Contact us immediately to submit claims quickly and get back up and running. Don't dispose of anything without consulting us first and document damage with photos.
Don't risk safety cleaning up. If needed, hire professionals and only use electrical/gas equipment inspected after flooding. Preparation and awareness will minimise flood impact.