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Protecting your property

It is your responsibility to protect yourself, your family, property or business.  Help is available and many organisations work together to predict and protect you from flooding.

 

Making your property resilient

Protecting your property is a key part of helping to reduce the impact of flooding on your home or business. There are a number of systems and products available to help (such as door barriers, air brick covers and foams and compounds that stop the ingress of water). These measures aim to reduce any permanent damage that might otherwise be caused by flood water and will ensure that the structural integrity of your property is maintained. 

 

We are not able to give specific advice on measures to protect individual properties as these would need to be considered on a case-by-case basis. However you can find out more on the options available by exploring the links below.

 

Remember, always seek professional advice before making alterations to your home. It is also important that flood products are properly maintained and checked regularly so they are ready to use when needed.

 

The Property Protection Advisor

The National Flood Forum's 'Property Protection Advisor' allows people to estimate just how much it will cost to protect their home from flooding using flood protection products.  After entering basic details about the property, such as the type of construction and the number of rooms, the Advisor will produce an instant tailored online report for a householder, estimating what it would cost to reduce that risk. 

 

The Property Protection Advisor can be found at nationalfloodforum.org.uk. The webpage also contains links to tools and guidance, including:

 

Find out if you are at risk from flooding

The Environment Agency's website can be used to view 'flood maps', these show areas that could be affected by flooding from main rivers, the sea, reservoirs and surface water. 

 

You can also  sign up to their free flood warning system on the website or by phoning Floodline on 0845 988  1188.

 

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