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Protecting your home from floods: Resiliance

Protecting your home from floods: Resiliance

In our last post on this topic, we covered flood resistance (keeping water out of your home). This post will focus on flood resilience; the art of minimising the damage that flood water does.

The measures listed below will help reduce the numbers of fixtures and fittings that need to be simply tossed out after a flood. In many cases, a dehumidifier and a good clean is all that is required to restore them to pristine condition, helping you get back to normal faster.

It is worth mentioning though that all these measures involve a fair amount of upheaval, so are probably best considered when redecorating anyway.

  • Replace timber floors with concrete and carpet or laminate with tiles
  • Replace MDF or chipboard kitchen or bathroom units with plastic or steel alternatives – and you’ll be very much on trend too!
  • Replace gypsum plaster walls, which is susceptible to water, with more water resistant materials such as lime plaster or cement render
  • Install plastic skirting boards, doors and door surrounds or alternatively varnish these items thoroughly to limit water damage
  • Raise key electrical items such as boilers, wall sockets and meters above the likely flood level.
  • Install sump and pump systems to drain flood water quicker.

Most of the changes are hidden, so will not impact the aesthetic value of your property. Others, such as placing sockets half way up a wall are visible, but can be disguised if necessary. However, typically, visible flood resilience measures reassure buyers who are aware that the houses they are viewing have flooded in the past, or are in a flood prone area that they do not have to be as concerned about the devastating effects of floods.

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Published 6 March 2017