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Protect Your Home: Essential Tips for Flood-Proofing

With over 5 million UK properties at risk, flooding poses a serious threat to homes across the country. However, there are steps you can take to minimise damage and disruption if floodwaters strike. Follow these essential tips to flood-proof your home:

Assess your flood risk

The first step is to check if your home falls within a flood-prone area. Use the Government's online flood risk checker to find out. Additionally, you can contact the Environment Agency to review the flood history for your specific address. Knowing your level of risk will determine the flood protection measures you need to take. Sign up to flood alerts.

Safeguard valuables

Keep irreplaceable possessions like photo albums, family heirlooms, and important documents upstairs, well above ground level. For electronics like TVs, computers and appliances, move them as high up as possible or relocate them to upper floors. This protects them from water damage during a flood event.

Install barriers

Temporary flood gates provide a watertight seal for doors and windows when installed. They can be custom-fitted for quick and easy use. Alternatively, sandbags offer an affordable way to block entry points and doorways when flooding is expected. Stack them around drains, toilets and other openings.

Choose flood-resistant materials

Replace carpets with waterproof flooring like tiles, concrete, or treated wood. Opt for freestanding kitchen units on legs that can withstand water exposure underneath. Install self-closing air bricks and non-return valves to prevent backflow into your home. Gravel gardens and porous driveways also absorb excess water.

Flood protection takes planning and commitment. But by following these key tips, you can significantly reduce the impact of flooding on your most valuable asset - your home.


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