The weather's turning and one thing we should all be doing is protecting our homes from possible floods.

In previous years, many houses just weren’t prepared for the deluge of rain, so what can homeowners do to make sure they limit damage from flooding and to the exterior of their homes?

Joseph Beeby, DIY guru and Handy operations manager has the following suggestions:

1. Get on top of gutters

“One of the first things you should do to ensure that your home is prepared to cope with heavy rainfall is to clear your gutters of leaves and twigs that may have accumulated throughout the year, as a build-up of debris stops the flow of water to the drains and leads to overflowing.”

2. Check your sealant

“If you live in an area that’s prone to heavy downpours, you need to make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding your doors and windows are filled in. This will stop rain seeping in, and regular repairs will greatly reduce the impact of sealant erosion.”

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3. Be safe with electricity

“During heavy rain and the risk of possible floods, make sure that all electrical appliances are stored upstairs, where water is unlikely to reach them. As we all know, water and electricity is never a good combination, so if your home has started to flood, don’t go near the fuse box and ensure that all sockets are covered and turned off.

4. Cover air vents

“Air vents are one of the most common ways that water finds its way into a house. If you know you’re in for some heavy rain, or are at risk of flooding, make sure that you cover these from both the outside and the inside with thick plastic sheeting.”

What steps do you take to limit water damage to your home? Tell us in the Comments section below.

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