Tuesday, October 17, 2017

With recent weather and events in the news all around the world, you can’t help but feel like you need to do something to be a little more prepared. If there was a flash flood of a hurricane where you live; would you be prepared enough to have minimal damage?

With the winter months on the way, it can lead to a lot of extra rain and snow. If you’re not prepared enough, then it can lead to damage to your home, including flooding. So if you want to look after your home and keep things as safe from a flood as possible, then here are some steps to help you tackle it.


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Doors

The doors you have can be the first line of defense against floods. What are your external doors like at the moment? How about your internal doors too? You need to make sure that they are up to scratch, especially if you live in a floodplain area. You could try lifting up the thresholds on the door to avoid getting water in if there is a flood.

Guttering

Your roof and guttering can be big factors in how much water can be let into your home. You gutter in particular can be a culprit, especially at this time of year. It can get filled with fallen leaves a rainwater. This can then freeze, leading to blockages and cracks. It can lead to leaks or flooding in the home if it isn’t checked regularly or replaced by a business like Community Roofing. So check on your gutters, as well as your roof. If anything looks damaged, then now is the time to get it fixed, before it is too late.

Drains and Pipes

You are not going to be able to control all of the water that comes into your home. This is especially the case if there is heavy rain water. But there are some things that you can do. You can fit non-return valves to help with it, as well as monitoring them regularly. Check them for damage, to ensure that you don’t get any unnecessary leaks.

Electricals

If you live in a modern home, then due to building regulations, your electricals should be up to scratch. But in older homes, some updates may be needed to avoid damage. If you live in an area that is likely to flood more than others, then things like electric and plug sockets are going to need to raised, as well as any fuse boxes or wiring. You don’t want to damage the wiring if you do get a flood. Having things like television sets placed higher up, with no cables trailing on the floor, is another way to avoid too much electrical damage.

As you can see, with a few changes around the home, you can help yourself if you are in an area that is likely to get flooded. You don’t want to get too much damage to your home, especially if there is something that you could have done about it.

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