Here are our top 10 tips on how to best protect your home against flood damage:

25 February 2014

1. Purchase flood-resistant UPVC doors as these can reduce the chances of water entering your property. 
2. Lay ceramic tiles on the ground floor which are easier to clean than carpets. 
3. Use rugs instead of fitted carpets. Rugs can be removed without much effort in case of flooding and they are also cheaper to replace than fitted carpets if they get ruined. 
4. Raise the height of electrical sockets to at least 1.5 metres above ground floor level as this can limit the damage caused by water ingress. 
5. Fit stainless steel, plastic or solid wood kitchens instead of chipboard ones which are not as durable.
6. Put the main parts of a heating or ventilation system, like a boiler, upstairs or raised well above the ground floor.
7. Fit non-return valves to all drains and water inlet pipes, which only allow water to flow one way.
8. Replace wooden window frames and doors with man-made ones like UPVC which are easier to clean.
9. Install flood resistant air bricks in place of existing vents. 
10. Purchase sandbags and store them in your garage so you can access them quickly.

1. Purchase flood-resistant UPVC doors as these can reduce the chances of water entering your property. 

2. Lay ceramic tiles on the ground floor which are easier to clean than carpets. 

3. Use rugs instead of fitted carpets. Rugs can be removed without much effort in case of flooding and they are also cheaper to replace than fitted carpets if they get ruined. 

4. Raise the height of electrical sockets to at least 1.5 metres above ground floor level as this can limit the damage caused by water ingress. 

5. Fit stainless steel, plastic or solid wood kitchens instead of chipboard ones which are not as durable.

6. Put the main parts of a heating or ventilation system, like a boiler, upstairs or raised well above the ground floor.

7. Fit non-return valves to all drains and water inlet pipes, which only allow water to flow one way.

8. Replace wooden window frames and doors with man-made ones like UPVC which are easier to clean.

9. Install flood resistant air bricks in place of existing vents. 

10. Purchase sandbags and store them in your garage so you can access them quickly.

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