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The Flood Protection Association (FPA) is very keen to promote strong advice and good practice amongst its members.
We hope the following steps prove to be a logical way for property owners to assess their flood risk and take the appropriate steps to help alleviate their issues.
FPA GUIDE TO PROTECTING YOUR PROPERTY
- Visit the Environment Agency (EA) web site at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/default.aspxwhere you can read about the new flood warnings and advice on what to do in a flood emergency.
- Click on the Flood Map link towards the top left hand corner of the screen and enter your post code or home town into the search field and press go.
- This will give you a rough idea of your exposure to a 1 in a 100 (1%) year event for rivers and a 1 in a 200 (0.5%) year event for coastal flooding.
- The light blue in the map shows the extent of a 1 in a 1,000 (0.1%) chance of flooding for both scenarios.
- DO NOT THINK THESE PERCENTAGES ARE SMALL. IF YOUR PROPERTY IS IN ANY BLUE AREA ON THESE MAPS IT IS LIKELY TO FLOOD AT SOME TIME OR ANOTHER.
- PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE MAPS DO NOT SHOW THE EFFECTS OF RAINFALL (PLUVIAL FLOODING) WHICH IS THE CAUSE OF SURFACE WATER OR FLASH FLOODING.
- If your property is in or near to a blue area on the map it is advisable to purchase your own flood map.
- A simple desk top study from a company such as Landmark will cost as little as £30 and will provide a property owner with an accurate flood map showing their property, the likelihood of flooding and the flood depths.
- Depending on the extent of your flood risk a more detailed Flood Risk Assessment may be required. This will involve a physical survey of the property and will reveal the following;
- A list of all vulnerable apertures – doors, windows, air bricks.
- A list of all wall ingress points – pipes, BT/cable entry points, boiler vents, etc.
- An inspection of the wall to see if it will withstand standing water for a period in excess of 24 hours. This will include checking of brickwork, mortar, etc.
- A check on utility meters below a 900mm threshold.
- A check on the internal floor of the property. Properties with raised floors, cellars and basements are obviously more prone to flooding than others.
- A check on the sewerage system which is particularly important if the property has downstairs toilets and showers.
- Next you should request quotes from a number of our members. It is advisable to only fit BSI Kitemark accredited flood defence solutions (where available) as these are the preferred choice of insurers – an important factor in your decision making if you wish to maintain flood insurance cover.
- You should note that most properties in the UK can only be protected from flooding up to a maximum height of 900mm. If your building is structurally sound and has been passed by a structural engineer then non-BSI products/services are available to provide higher protection than the 900mm norm.
- Check that the solutions being offered to you are suitable in both height and width and conform to the member’s Kitemark (PAS1188) certificate.
- Compare prices, leakage rates, guarantees and warranties and make your choice.
We hope you find this guidance useful.