How to Protect Yourself from Flood Damage
Floods might be rare, but when they do happen they can be catastrophic if you are not adequately prepared. While it can be difficult to make your home totally immune from floods, there are steps you can take to significantly increase your chances of escaping flooding with minimal damage.
Aside from the practical steps you can take, make sure you check with your insurance provider to see what you are covered for – especially what the excesses are. If your insurance is not sufficient, it may be worth contacting your provider and negotiating a more comprehensive plan. Things like electric lights and fireplaces actually get classified as contents, rather than falling under your buildings insurance.
A simple yet very effective line of defence against flooding. Make sure you have a supply of sandbags in your home – keep them in your garage or a separate room so they are easily accessible in case of emergency. Line them up against the base of doors and they will hold firm against large volumes of water.
In extreme cases, you may need to evacuate your home, and if this happens you will need to make sure you have any vital possessions with you. Spare clothes, medication and methods of ID will all be necessary at some point, so these need to be the first things you put into your contingency pack. As well as the aforementioned items, things like torches, batteries, wellington boots and mobile phones should all be kept in an easily accessible place in case there is a power cut and you are left in the dark.
Keep valuable items safe
Whether they are expensive belongings or possessions that hold sentimental value, make sure they are protected from flood damage where possible. If you know of a potential flood situation, place these precious items in waterproof bags and store them upstairs or in a loft to ensure they are safe from any water that gets into your house. The same goes for any important paperwork you may have stored at home, like payslips, contracts, birth certificates, etc.
Make a plan
Whether you live with family members or you have relatives nearby, make a plan with them in regards to a safe meeting point or safety procedure in the event of flooding. This also includes the safekeeping of pets – the best way to keep animals in your home safe is to move them upstairs.
By following the above steps and taking care to think about what will be vital in the event of a flood, you can save yourself a lot of hassle, expense and heartache as precious items are kept safe and your belongings are covered by insurance.
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