Dealing with the effects of Flooding
During the Autumn and Winter months of the year, there is an increased chance of flooding across the country. Here is some advice as to what to do to prepare for and deal with extreme flooding.
The effects of flooding can have a devastating effect on your home or business. Whether it is the result of a torrential downpour, a burst water pipe or a blocked drain. To ensure that your property will be protected in the event of flooding, it is vital that you know how to quickly combat flooding and protect your home or business.
How to Prepare for Flooding
Making yourself aware of flood risks can sometimes make the difference between a protected and damaged property, regardless of where you live in the country. It is a fact that flood-prone areas often have higher insurance premiums, as house and contents insurance are more expensive.
Please note that no matter where you live, insurance is by far one of the most important parts of preparation in the event of a flood. Check your insurance policy’s coverage regarding flooding, especially if you live in an high risk area for of flooding. Ensure that you understand your policy, and reach out to your insurance provider if clarification on any points are necessary. It’s important to do that before anything happens, as it could be difficult to resolve after the event.
Generally, it is always good practice to store a few sandbags, that can protect your entranceway should flooding occur. However, owners of riverside properties are responsible for ensuring that flood risks are managed.
In The Event of a Flood
The first thing you must do is make sure that all your utilities are turned off at the main switches and valves. In the event of a flood, you might consider protecting entranceways with sandbags, but consider only walking where water is still. This will help to prevent most of the water from entering your property. However, it is also a good idea to move electrical items, furniture, and anything of value off the ground or to a higher floor.
Once you’re satisfied that your property is protected, notify the relevant authorities about the flooding or burst water main. As a next step, you should contact any other relevant authorities for any other issues caused by the flooding. If there are any sewage hazards, reporting them to the local council will be necessary, while electrical hazards should be reported to the local utility company.
Depending on the severity of the flooding, your local fire and rescue service may be able to pump water out of your property. In addition, your local council can provide emergency accommodation if needed. Even though flooding can cause significant damage to your home, there is always an authority that can assist you. Having the right contacts will prepare you to deal with any issues in the event of a flood.
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