The UK winter weather brings with it the threat of persistent flooding. With an ever-increasing number of named storms, those vulnerable to flooding fear these months the most. Figures from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has just revealed that the period between July and December in 2023 was the wettest on record for the UK.
Heavy rainfall, even over a short period of time, can make rivers and lakes burst their banks. With a growing number of new residential homes being built on flood plains, we are experiencing more cases of properties affected by flooding caused by storms.
Prevention all the way
It’s always better to prepare for the worst and prevention is key. The UK Government advises laying tiles instead of carpets and moving electrical sockets higher up the wall. It also recommends fitting non-return valves to stop flood water entering your property through the drains and getting flood protection products, for example flood doors or self-closing air bricks.
If a flood is threatened, there are steps you can take to limit and minimise damage from water and flood-proof as far as possible. The Environment Agency provides guidance on devising a proper Flood Plan. Make sure you know how to turn off the power supply. You can sign up to receive flood warning alerts by phone, email, or text message if your home is at risk of flooding.
Keep a comprehensive list of key contacts that is always fully up to date. This should include details of your insurance company, your landlord, if you don’t own the premises, and utility companies.
Check that you are not only insured but insured for all the most likely risks. It’s important to make sure you have sufficient cover as well, should the worst happen. Talk to your insurance company to make sure you have everything you need in place now.
Ensuring a quick response
The electricity needs to be turned off, if safe to do so, and then evacuate the premises. Make a call to your insurance company which will initiate a critical response team.
Flood water may contain sewage and to prevent contamination it’s important to not drink tap water if it looks discoloured. Don’t eat any food that has touched flood water and ensure you dispose of any food in the fridge or freezer if left without power for longer than four hours.
How The Forshaw Group can help.
Whatever the cause of water damage, it’s important to contact professionals to ensure you respond with the right approach.
Once we’re satisfied the site is secure and identified the cause and safeguarded against any further damage, we can engage in treatment. We can carry out technical drying, which involves specialist target/injection drying of structural elements, to remove moisture and other contaminants. We also disinfect the site, eliminating the formation of micro-organisms, pathogens, mould and spores, and also carry out deodorisation to eliminate odour molecules.
Our team is on standby, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So, it doesn’t matter when you call us, we’ll be able to respond rapidly. Being able to get on scene so quickly really helps mitigate any damage as far as possible. While we get on with the restoration process, we can remove and then store anything you need to look after in our warehouse.