How to Protect Your Home from Flooding
According to climate experts, it’s something that is only going to get worse. Every year we seem to see more episodes of horrific flooding. The sort of flooding that destroys homes, and even lives.
Today’s post is all about helping those of you who may reside in areas which are at risk from flooding. We have collated a list of resources that can show how you can reduce the chances of your property succumbing to the perils of flooding.
If anyone has any further resources they think would be valuable, please contact us.
BHG – How to pour concrete steps. While concrete is unquestionably making a comeback in some quarters (it’s actually becoming a feature in a lot of designer magazines, believe it or not), whether we want our landscape basking in the material is debatable. After all, the last thing we want is to walk out into a concrete jungle.
Like it or not, from a flood perspective at least, concrete serves a fantastic purpose though. It is porous, meaning that water will almost drain through it. Ultimately, if you can make sure that the first two steps leading up to your property are constructed from concrete, you’ll be providing some fantastic, early protection.
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This link from BHG tells you how to pour concrete steps. While it might be regarded as a fairly basic material in the construction trade, it can be difficult to handle. The last thing you want to be left with is wonky steps!
DIY Doctor – The same rules apply on your driveway. Of course, long before water reaches your home, it’s probably going to filter along your driveway. Now, we’re by no means suggesting that you should use concrete here, but consider some form of permeable paving solution.
In truth, this can quickly escalate into something of a minefield. There are so many options and many will depend on the style of your house. This link from DIY Doctor is something of a comprehensive guide and will cover every question you’ve ever thought of.
Champion Window – Make sure your windows are sealed. This next link is probably going to appeal to those of you who live in slightly older properties.As we all know, glazing has come on leaps and bounds over the years. Once upon a time single glazing was the only thing used within construction, but now this is a thing of the past. Double-glazing is normal, and this might even be replaced by triple-glazing at a mass scale in the years to come.
The problem with old windows is that they tend to have small air leaks. What does this mean from a flood perspective? Water can pass as well. This link simply shows some of the newer variety of windows, that can safeguard the openings in your home.
The Spruce – Raise the height of electrical sockets. Quite often, the aesthetics of flooding are often spoken about – and for good reason.However, something that can prove to be even more expensive is the damage to your electrical systems. If a significant amount of water enters them, the rest is going to be history. In other words, you’re going to need your home rewiring which costs a small fortune.
This is why it is important to raise the height of your electrical sockets. Depending on where you are based in the world, you might not be allowed to do this (regulations vary). However, the attached link shows just how it is done – whether it is by you or a qualified professional.
YouTube – Fit non-return valves to all water inlet pipes. If your flood levels reach a peak, one of the worst things that can happen is that water starts to backflow through pipes and back into your property. Suffice to say, this includes all types of water.
Therefore, installing non-return valves should be one of the first things that anyone residing in a flood risk area does. It eliminates the problem and at least cuts off one source of flooding. This YouTube video shows how to carry out the task on waste pipes.
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