Did you know that homeowner insurance does not always cover flooding?
It's that time of year when flooding can become a major cause of home damages in the UK, this can be a genuine concern for most homeowners as household possessions are worth approximately £266 billion in total.
According to statistics, 2.4 million properties in the UK are at risk of river and coastal flooding every year, while an additional 2.8 million are vulnerable to surface water. On average, one in six UK homes is at risk of flooding. If yours is one of those, you can follow these tips to protect your home.
1. Seal any cracks in your home foundation
If you find breaks in your foundation, you should consider buying some affordable masonry chalk or mortar which can be utilized to fill up any holes in your home’s foundation completely. If you still have water regularly leaking into your home afterwards, then you might need to search for a more permanent fix. More so, cracks and breaks in your home can provide openings for bugs and birds to make room, multiply and invade your home. Check home areas like windows and doors, phone line entrances, vents for fans, cracks in entrance ways and porches.
2. Purchase a battery-controlled sump siphon
Sump siphons are an excellent way to forestall flooding in your home. They work by siphoning the water out to the outside and operate mainly on power. Sump siphons work great until there is a power cut, which is why you should consider a battery-powered sump pump and ensure it is always charged up and ready when needed.
3. Move your costly or sentimental possessions to higher ground.
For individuals living in a multiple story building, you should consider relocating your most expensive and fragile properties to higher grounds, especially when there is impending flooding. When rising waters break into your home's first floor, ensure to move to the second or third floor to protect items from the dangerous floodwaters.
4. Apply sealant and coatings
Applying a sealant to your home walls, doorways, foundation, and windows is a practical approach to shielding your home. These sealants are available for purchase in many hardware and retail shops. Dampness is a genuine threat to your home’s life span; like water and ground leakage, it can damage your home foundations, doors, windows, concrete, and rooftops. Excess moisture can likewise contribute to extreme mould issues, which is very common in basements and unfinished plumbing spaces.
You may consider engaging a basement waterproofing company to help you protect your building from structural damage and prevent mould growth.
5. Install a flood sensor
With advancements in technological innovations, most home security systems are equipped with flood sensors as extra tools to provide better home protection. These gadgets identify little leakages before they cause extensive damage to your home and save you thousands of pounds in maintenance expenses. You can check eBay or Amazon for some of the best sellers in water detectors and alarms with smart features to safeguard your home from flooding.
Photo Credit - Richard Newbold 2018