Five steps to protect your home from flooding
1. Are you in a flood risk area?
Check first if your house is in a flood-risk area by typing your postcode into the Environment Agency's online flood map at environment-agency.gov.uk. It also alerts you if your area is at imminent risk of flooding. You can also sign up for text, email and phone flood warnings.
Invest in flood-barrier products. Flood gates installed at the front of the house can keep flood water out for several hours, while items like air-brick covers, non-return valves on drains and water pipes and purpose-built boards or barriers to fit doorways. Applying a silicone sealant to floors and walls can prevent water damage.
3. The National Flood Forum
The National Flood Forum's Blue Pages directory lists different flood-resilient products, and companies that provide them. For more details contact the NFF on 01299 403 055 or go direct to bluepages.org.uk.
4. Plan ahead
If your home is regularly at risk, move plug points and electrical equipment up from the ground so they are about halfway up the wall.
This will prevent your home from being completely rewired should any electricals suffer water damage. Cement floors and use rugs and water-resistant tiles instead of carpets, as these perish easily in a flood.
5. Keep all vital documentation
Ensure you keep all insurance documentation as well as mortgage, bank and passport details in a safe place on the upper floor of your home. It's a good idea to have a record of local emergency services as well if the flood is serious.