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Hiring a tradesman for a flood risk assessment or survey
If your site is susceptible to flooding, taking the time to assess the situation can save you a lot of money and legal hassles down the line. Finding a professional that you can hire with confidence is now much easier through Plentific, which can instantly generate a list of the best tradesmen in your local area with the qualifications and skills you require. With quick access to customer reviews and ratings for each of your options you can compare them quickly and swiftly make the best hire to suit you. 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 risk assessments or surveys?
A flood risk assessment or survey is a professional evaluation of a site’s susceptibility to flooding, whether from natural water sources, drainage, supplies or anywhere else. Though you do not technically need a professional for such a job, an assessment or survey from someone unqualified is unlikely to hold up well in a planning application or if scrutinised by the authorities. A fully qualified and professional job will be done by a Civil Engineering Consultant that is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and bound by its regulations. For smaller jobs such as minor extensions you may just be able to rely on an assessment by one of your tradesmen or an architect.
The cost of a flood risk assessment or survey will usually be around £300. Before hiring a professional it is a good idea to do some research on your local area. For example, how close is your site to a flood zone? How high is the local water table? For safer areas you are unlikely to need a professional assessment done. Your quote will also depend on your location in the UK as well as the size of the site. You can contact the Environment Agency for free advice if you are unsure.
If you are hiring a qualified professional make sure to check their experience, references and qualifications. You should also check that they have adequate insurance, particularly professional indemnity insurance for in case their assessment proves sub par and costs you later on.