So far during this period of unusual weather patterns, over 2,000 homes have been flooded. As the rain continues to fall in many parts of the country, it is important that you are aware of the precautions you can take to protect your property and valuables, and what to do in case a claim needs to be made.
Here are some simple steps to take if you know that your property is potentially at risk:
- Move valuables to upper floors, especially those of a higher value
- For items that are difficult to move, consider raising them off the floor
- Know how to turn off the electricity and water supply
- Place sandbags at doors and lower floor windows (those with a low sill or below ground level)
- Move cars to higher ground
- Have the property’s roof checked for damage and ensure this is repaired
- Clear debris from gutters, check for any damage and ensure drains are free from debris to allow water to drain away
- Know who to contact in the event of an emergency and keep the contact numbers nearby
- Keep spare batteries to hand so that torches and radios can be kept working
- If the property has pumps that keep cellars or other areas dry make arrangements if there is an identified risk of power outage for longer periods to ensure that if water rises the damage is minimised
- In ground floor rooms use an inflatable paddling pool to protect items – in normal use the pool keeps water in so it should keep water out!
Should a claim need to be made please contact us on 0161 406 6786