The Great, Wet, British Summer

Written on:October 19, 2012
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Flood Photo, British Summer Flooding Article

Make sure this isn’t what your house will look like.

In years to come, the summer of 2012 will be remembered with great pride. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the hosting of the Olympic Games reminded the people of Great Britain that we can still punch above our weight and be a major player on the world stage. Of course we will also remember, that this was the summer when the notoriously wet British weather, got even wetter.

Forecasters confirmed that the so called summer of 2012, has been the wettest for nearly 100 years. Flooding across the country has damaged people’s homes, businesses, cut the power supply and even caused a train to derail. Unfortunately, this newest wave of floods is becoming a regular occurrence for some UK residents. The small town of Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire has been affected three times in the last eight months. And with the predicted climate changes, weather of this nature could become more commonplace.

When a family property becomes flooded, it can be extremely heartbreaking and costly. The key to prevention is preparation. So what should you be doing to protect your home from the devastating effect of flooding? Firstly, you should establish whether your home is at risk from flooding. Even if you are not at a direct risk from the sea or a river, groundwater can still cause damage to your property. Consider your drainage. It is effective? One thing you can do is to prevent drain blockages by minimising the amount of washing powder you use. Also, never pour cooking fat into the drains as this will cause a blockage. It’s always best to get your drains cleaned regularly, so use a UK business directory like Directory Store to find a comprehensive list of companies offering drainage services.

If you think you are at risk of flooding, try to keep the flood water out by raising the thresholds on the doors and ensure that you have a supply of sandbags readily available. Specially sealed floors will ensure that water cannot rise through the ground and ask a plumber to ensure that all drains are fitted with non return valves.

In heavier flooding it is likely that the water will get in and so homeowners also need to prepare for this eventuality. You can reduce the impact by following a few simple steps. Install shelving which is high above ground level. This can be used to house expensive electrical equipment and irreplaceable items. Consider having your floor tiled. After a flooding, carpets are usually damaged beyond repair but tiles are much more resilient. You could also consider water resistant skirting boards or simply varnish the existing boards to prevent damage. If you have a basement area it would also be advantageous to have a pump readily available to drain any excess water.

Most preventative measures are very low cost and will be minimal when compared to the costs a flood can cause. There are a variety of professional companies who can assist you with flood proofing your home. Have a look at a free business directory online Directory Store for a list of contractors in your area. Act now, before it’s too late!

Leyla Mehmet

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