Tips For Making Your Home More
Floods can happen for various reasons in most cases they are a result of some form of an extreme weather event. For example heavy rainfall, hurricanes, a tsunami or even heavy snowfall that later melts rapidly. So it makes sense to consider available solutions for making your home more flood resistant.
Some people live in areas that are more prone to flooding but flooding can happen to anyone so it’s important to prepare your home and or business for flooding.
If your home or business becomes flooded it can be devastating and costly, not just in terms of time and money but also due to the inconvenience and stress floods can cause. It would be wrong to suggest that you can flood-proof your property completely, however, there are a number of things that you can do that will help to reduce the level of flood damage caused.
When it comes to making your home or business as flood resistant as possible it’s important not to put it off. Don’t delay act as soon as possible so that you have the best protection in place if there is a flood in the area you live.
You can start planning your flood preparations straight away by thinking about implementing some or all the following tips.
Protecting Your Property and Possessions
If you live in an area that is prone to regular flooding it’s important to protect your property and possessions. Even if your home or business is not in an area considered directly at risk of flooding you could still be affected by surface or groundwater flooding.
Some of the tips below involve implementing some simple and temporary measures, others will need permanent structural work to be carried out on your property.
The most important thing is to prepare now by installing the most appropriate flood solutions in advance. Don’t wait until flooding looks likely as you won’t have time to put the measures in place. Such measures will help you to protect yourself and your property and maybe even save your life.
This will also help to make the drying-out and cleaning up process faster and easier. Helping you to move back home or reopen for business far more quickly.
There will be occasions when heavy flooding will still result in water entering your property. Although unavoidable making some improvements will help to reduce the amount of damage caused even if flood water does enter your property.
Flood Solution Tips – Preventing Flood Water From
Entering Your Property
Consider installing purpose-built flood doors or temporary flood boards that can be installed when flooding
is imminent. You could also consider raising the thresholds of your external doors.
Protecting Walls and Floors
For brick built properties consider raising the damp-proof courses and sealing floors and walls with a waterproof membrane can also prevent water rising from the ground.
Air Brick Water Defense
Purchase specially designed air brick covers that are easy to place over ventilation bricks to prevent water from getting in during a flood.
Drains and Pipes
Protect your home from back-filling of sewerage pipes and drains by fitting non-return valves to drains and water inlet and outlet pipes.
Protecting Your Property Interior & Contents
As mentioned earlier It’s impossible to completely flood-proof a property. We have to accept that even with the best flood preventions methods in place that flood water may still get past our defenses. Below are some things that you can do to limit the damage floodwaters may cause inside your property.
Put any valuable or irreplaceable items on high-mounted shelves to reduce the risk of them getting damaged if flood water gets into the property.
Secure your audio-visual equipment, such as your TV and hi-fi, to the wall about 1.5 meters above the floor level.
Baseboards / Skirting Boards
Install water-resistant baseboards/skirting boards. If this is not possible or too expensive you could varnish them to provide protection against water damage to the boards.
Fit a sump in your basement or the under-floor void to help extract flood water.
Protecting Interior Walls
Use horizontal drywall/ plasterboard or lime-based plaster instead of gypsum.
If you have cavity walls you could install a cavity wall water management/ drainage system. These are used to remove flood water with natural drainage channels or pumps.
Consider fitting floor tiles instead of fitted carpets. This is because in most cases carpets will need to be replaced after a flood. You could consider using rugs on top of the tiles so that they can be rolled up and stored in the event of a flood.
Doors and Windows
Installing synthetic or waxed windows and doors will help to prevent flood water damaging them. If this is not practical you could varnish your existing ones for extra protection.
Kitchen and Bathroom
Use water-resistant materials such as plastic, stainless steel, or solid wood instead of a porous material such as chipboard.
Where possible increase the ground clearance of refrigerators and other appliances using plinths.
Electrical Flood Protection
Increase the height of electrical wall sockets, fuse boxes, controls and wiring to at least 1.5 meters above floor level.
When fitting/installing any new electrical cables run the cables down the wall to the raised socket so that the cabling isn’t affected by flood water.
Making Your Home More Flood Resistant Conclusion
The tips above can help with making your home more flood resistant. Whilst it’s not possible to guarantee flood waters won’t get in. Anything that helps to mitigate the damage that can be caused is worth considering.
The measures you take and the solutions you opt for will very much depend on your property type and budget. Do your research so that you don’t waste time or money on solutions that won’t work for you. Below is the recommended reading section which has links to some articles that talk in more detail about the various flood proofing solutions that are available and how they work.