3. I have window barriers as well as door barriers. Why would I need these?
In some areas flood water can rise higher than the bottom of the ground floor windows. Windows, like doors, will not hold flood water back, even if the flood is only for a short time. If you are concerned that the flood levels you are likely to experience are approaching window height, then we would recommend that you consider window barriers as well as door barriers.
6. Why do I need to seal my walls? Aren't they waterproof?
I’m afraid it is very sensible to seal your walls. You may not realise this but most bricks and especially mortar are porous and will let water in after only very short periods of time. If you want to test this yourself, get hold of a standard brick and sit the end in water, go back an hour later and you will clearly see how much water the brick has absorbed.
7. I think water might come up through the ground. How can I protect against this?
There are numerous reasons why water might come up through your floor. If water is getting in via unprotected airbricks, the fix is easy. However, if your property is built on permeable material, the solution may be considerably harder to track down. The geology of your area, the structure of your floors and foundations, local water table levels may all play a part. That's why we recommend a survey. The best way of understanding the risk to your property is to book a survey.
Is Your Property at Risk From Flooding?To find out if your property may be at risk of flooding please go to the Environment Agency’s website where you will be asked to enter your postcode or place name. Please follow the link below:
Please note that this is a guide only and we always recommend an independent flood survey.
In Scotland please follow the link below: