Taking care not to suffer from floods

by / Wednesday, 26 February 2014 / Published in Blog

From time to time one sees images on the news of victims of floods. Horrific pictures of people being rescued from the roofs of their houses by helicopter, of people paddling down the main street of their town because rivers have burst their banks. In many instances of course this is in fairly low level and rural areas where freak flooding has always been a possibility. And one’s reaction is that that is tough for those people but I live in an advanced civilization where such things don’t happen.

Don’t be too certain. As this article is being written there are almost 10,000 homes in England flooded. Freak weather with an unusually high rainfall precipitation has left the water no place to go. Communities built on flood plains have been inundated with rivers bursting their banks due to lack of foresight and poor environmental evaluations. And flood defenses require huge infrastructure spending, something elected officials are reluctant to spend money on as they are not apparent vote winners.

It is apparent that freak weather is unlikely to be that freakish any longer and we will experience more and more uncommonly fierce storm systems, jet streams and weather fronts such as that which has gripped a large section of the Northern Hemisphere and blanketed much of the US in snow in the future. Any form of danger means that your house and building may well be at risk.

So what can be done about reducing the risks?

Firstly you need to establish if your property is in danger of flooding and where the dangers will emerge. If you are built up on hillside you are for less likely to suffer a flood than from the many many homes and buildings that are built in the level only a few feet elevation from the local river or drainage system. Riverside properties are always at risk even if the river has run well below full for decades.

Secondly you need to see if there is adequate drainage away from your property. Part of the problems being experienced in England comes from years of neglect in clearing the drains and dredging the rivers. Drainage on your own property is very much your own responsibility so if you have area where water could accumulate and flood other areas of your property or building then plans should be made to ensure that these can be emptied out rabidly. It may be as simple as digging a trench or putting in a new drain pipe and may even involve installing a sump pump in the basement for example.

The downstream drains are often the responsibility of the civic officials but nevertheless you need to be sure they actually do ensure that the drainage system in your area is actually clear.

Ensure as well that any water which flows from a property above you has a clear path to drain away downstream or out to the drainage system.

By means of these simple precautions you can be sure that the risk of external flooding is minimized. Of course there are professionals who can advise you and Restoration Specialists are specialists at assessing the risks and giving advice on how best to protect your property. Give them a call today for a routine visit and get their advice.