Flood protection for your home

If your house is at risk of flooding, or has flooded in the past, there are steps you can take to reduce the damage flooding can cause.

It is your responsibility to protect your property from flooding.

Reduce cost and repair time

  • Fit plug sockets, boilers, and service meters higher on walls.
  • Choose water-resistant door and window frames (and use silicone sealant).
  • Get a chemical damp-proof course below joist level; and install automatic airbricks or those with removable covers.
  • Replace mineral insulation within walls with closed cell insulation.
  • Have non-return valves in drainage pipes to prevent sewage backing up into the house.
  • Check access points for pipes (for example, washing machines) for gaps and fill.
  • Use waterproof sealant on external walls; waterproof paint on internal walls.
  • Replace carpets with floor tiles.
  • Go for solid flooring (concrete covered with treated timber or sealed tiles) - more resistant than floorboards or chipboard.
  • Have wood or plastic kitchen/bathroom units rather than MDF/chipboard.
  • Pick lime or cement render – more water-resistant than normal plaster.
  • Replace ovens with raised, built-under types.
  • Choose rugs rather than fitted carpets.

Remember to check with your insurer to ensure they are aware of any flood resilience improvements you have made. Any work you carry out could lead to lower premiums.

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Page updated: 04/12/2020 Page updated by: Flooding Team

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