The UK climate is changing, and with that comes the increased risk of flooding. In recent weeks, a growing list of areas have joined the list of those suffering devastating floods. What can landlords do to protect their property, and in tenants’ case, their home?
There are two types of flood defence. The first is resistance, the idea being to prevent water from entering the building. The second is resilience; the aim here is to minimise the effects of water damage if it does get in.
Examples of measures to fend off flooding include specially designed flood-resistant UPVC doors, which are fairly new to the market. As well as these, you can obtain removable barriers that slot into place in front of doors and windows, or air bricks which work a little like a toilet cistern, containing a ball that floats upwards when rising water levels are detected, to block the holes. You can also get air brick covers for temporary use.
Additional resistant measures include non-return valves on pipes and toilets, and slowing the flow of water by adding water butts, porous paving and even grass roofs, or using pump and sump drainage systems.
If you’re in a flood-prone area, it may be worth taking measures to minimise flood damage should the worst happen. You can fit flood resistant skirting, or varnish existing wooden skirting boards. Raise electrical appliances, sockets and storage cupboards or shelving if possible, and store valuables in waterproof, sealable bags. If may also be worth replacing wood or carpet flooring with tiles or damp-proofed concrete.