Extreme and unpredictable weather is fast becoming the norm in many parts of the world and one major risk to many properties is flooding. If you live in an area at risk of high water levels, you’ll no doubt want to take action to protect your home. Here, we take a look at a few of the steps you can take to reduce the risk of water damage in your property.

Stop water from entering
Your first priority should be preventing water from entering your home. You can use sandbags and plastic sheeting to fight off the threat of floods. This technique may be effective in preventing silt and mud from getting into your rooms. However, bear in mind that sandbags do let water seep through, so they can’t be relied on. Instead, it’s best to invest in special guards that you can quickly fit around the bottom of your home when the threat of flooding is imminent.These guards stop water from getting in through the gaps in and around doors. You should also take care to fit covers to any ventilation bricks.

Think about your drainage system too. To stop water from backing up into your home when water levels rise, it’s important to get drains that prevent this reverse flow. As water solution specialists Alumasc Harmer Drainage note, drains with backstops allow waste water to exit buildings in normal conditions and, during periods of heavy rain, they prevent surcharge from backing up and flooding lower areas of buildings. You might also want to consider raising the damp-proof courses around your property.

Limit the damage caused by water
Even if your goal is to stop water from getting into your home, it’s a good idea to make adjustments to the interior of your property just in case flooding does occur. This is often referred to as making your home ‘flood resilient’. Consider measures like raising electrical sockets, wiring and fuse boxes to at least five feet above the floor. Also, use water-resistant materials where possible, like plastics, solid wood, stainless steel and tiles. Even something as simple as moving valuable possessions onto high shelves can help ensure any damage is limited during floods.

You might not be able to control the weather, but by taking note of tips like these, you can make your property more resistant if water levels do rise in your area. Although these floodproofing measures will require some investment, this should prove to be money well spent.

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