Find out if your home is in an area at risk of flooding by visiting the Environment Agency’s website, where you can also find out how to set up alerts for any flood warnings.
While it’s not possible to completely flood-proof your home, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of damage and protect yourself and your home.
Remember, if you’re going to make any permanent changes to your home to protect against flooding, it’s best to seek professional advice from a building surveyor or architect first.
Here’s what you need to know:
Install specially-made flood doors, or if flooding is imminent, order purpose-built flood boards.
You can also try raising the door thresholds to keep water out.
Seal your floors with tanking. This can prevent water rising through the ground.
If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, it’s worth choosing tiles and rugs for your flooring. Carpet is more complicated to replace and will often need to be thrown out after a flood.
3. Air bricks
You can buy specifically-designed covers to go over air bricks.
This will stop some water getting in through the ventilation bricks.
4. Drains and pipes
You won’t be able to stop all the water that can come in through drains and pipes, but you can fit non-return valves to help.
Some flood water will still get in though and, in the case of big floods, this is necessary to prevent the building collapsing from the weight of the water.
Varnishing your skirting boards is one way to prevent water damage.
You can also fit water-resistant skirting.
6. Pump out flood water
If you have a basement, you’ll need to fit a pump to extract any flood water that does get in.
If you don’t have a basement, this can be fitted in the under-floor void.
Where possible, it’s a good idea to raise your electrical sockets, fuse boxes, and wiring to 1.5 metres above the floor. This will help ensure that cabling isn’t damaged in the event of a flood.
Mount your television to the wall at the same height and keep any irreplaceable valuables on high shelves.
Kitchen appliances should also be slightly raised on plinths.