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Every year, flooding does millions of pounds worth of damage in the UK. The destruction it can cause to homes and businesses is scary, with many property owners left facing huge repair bills for almost yearly damage. Worse yet, with the apparent growth of climate change many argue that flooding problems will only get worse in coming years. If you live in a flood area, it is important to organise flood prevention for your property as far in advance is possible: this is why you need a reliable and highly rated Plentific Pro.
Once you post a job with Plentific, some of the best flooding specialists in your local area will be in touch to offer bespoke quotes. You can discuss your quotes as much as you like with your candidates, who you can compare easily by visiting their professional profiles. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific will be covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about flood prevention/ control?
Floods are a dangerous force of nature: every year, British homes are impacted by flood damage, suffering washed out properties, ruined decor and other serious structural impacts. Damage from flooding is also not necessarily direct: it can also cause drains and sewers to overflow, spreading illnesses and making properties completely unlivable.
There are several distinct and marked ‘flood zones’ in the UK which are at risk from flooding. People living in these areas are impacted by flooding fairly regularly, and so many pay for flood prevention in advance. Local authorities in this area also often require residents to take flood prevention into account when planning large scale home improvements.
While you may have heard that sandbags are all you need to keep water out of your home, in reality this method is slow, difficult and ineffective. Your best course of action will be to speak to a specialist tradesman, who will be able to recommend the most effective flood prevention and control methods for your property.
Your service will usually start with a flood risk assessment. This will take into account the various ingress points around your property where floodwater can enter in: these will include doorways, windows, drains, sewage systems and cable ducts. These will be judged alongside your local criteria so that the most effective methods can be recommended.
The costs of your flood prevention or control service will depend on what solutions are necessary, as well as the size of your property. You may also find that the services are more expensive in regions of the UK which experience the most dangerous yearly flooding.
Your Pro may recommend that you have several flood panels and stanchions which you can set up quickly. They may also recommend a landscaping solution, which will help to divert excess water away from your property. To protect your property from back-flowing sewage, they may also install drain and toilet seals, or even non-return valves for your sewage pipes. If you live in a coastal area, your Pro may even recommend a flood wall, which you could split the cost of with your neighbours. Depending on the age of your property, your Pro may simply advise that you replace your old windows and doors.
In terms of flood control, your costs will depend on the extent of the damage. A standard flood pump can cost hundreds of pounds, but you should always weigh this against the cost of leaving your property to suffer from ongoing moisture damage. Long term moisture damage can lead to hugely expensive issues with a property, including subsidence, mould and pest infestations.