Many more people in the UK are having problems with the damage caused from floods. This can be dangerous to them and it can cause a lot of damage to their homes and property.
In some cases people may already know that their house is in an area at risk of flooding or may already have been flooded before. In these instances many people have already taken measures to protect their property against the effects of flooding again in the future. Some of these solutions will be permanent and some will be used if flooding becomes likely. For example, many people in this situation will:
- Buy barriers and/or sandbags that can be positioned outside a property to stop water getting in.
- Buy air brick covers that can be clipped on if flooding occurs.
- Buy flood boards that can be placed across doors and windows.
- Have silicone sealants at hand to seal up windows, doors and brickwork.
- Buy toilet/bathroom appliance covers/locks to stop water coming up through these appliances
If you live in an area where there has been flooding or you are at high risk then you can also look at having electrical outlets placed at a higher level on the ground floor to avoid problems if your ground floor does get flooded.
If you are given a flood warning for your area then it is wise to plan ahead to try and protect your home's contents as much as possible. So, for example, you could:
- Move all of your valuables (i.e. electrical equipment, personal possessions and items of sentimental value) upstairs.
- Move as much of your furniture upstairs as you can. Heavy items can be raised on to blocks.
- Push your curtains to loop over their rail to keep them out of way of water.
- Take up any carpets or rugs that you can and put them upstairs.
- Drive your car somewhere with higher ground to get it out of the way.
- Move anything outside that might float off such as bins, plant pots, bikes and so on.
- Make sure that your pets are moved to a safer place.