Strong storms and high winds often cause flooding, even in areas that are not prone to such an event. With the extreme weather conditions that we are facing today previously unflooded areas can receive a months worth of rainfall in one day. As a result everybody should be prepared for anything, particularly flooding.

Whilst these acts of god can strike at anytime there are a number of things you can do to try to safeguard your home from flash floods:

Prevent water from entering your home

If you are expecting heavy rains or storms to hit your area, particularly if you live in a flood-prone area, you should cover your doors, or even windows, with metal sheets, sandbags, or plywood. You can also use silicone sealant to ensure that water will not enter your home. These measures will not last for days but they may hold back a short lasting flood and keep your possessions dry.

Shut off your utilities

You should remember to turn off all your utilities, such as gas, electricity and even water, at the mains. You should also remember to unplug all your electrical appliances and store them at high places, on the second floor, if possible. Water ingress into homes often rises several feet but this will mean that the second floor is dry and any items you have stored there will not be impacted.

Be mindful of your appliances and furniture

You need to ensure that your valuable furniture and appliances are kept on high areas or upstairs. If you do not have a second floor as you live in a bungalow, you can just raise such items on blocks or bricks. Be sure to remove carpets, curtains and even internal doors. Store them all in high places to ensure that they are protected from water.

Important papers, pictures and other personal items should also be placed on higher grounds, particularly on the second floor of your house. Also store them in waterproof containers such as food storage containers. If not, you should put important papers in sealed plastic bags to ensure that they are protected from water.

Make sure that all objects outside your house, such as rakes, are kept in a safe place. Floodwater can easily float these items, which can pose danger to others. Also put more valuable items that could float away into a locked building such as you garage. Even a wheelbarrow could float away if left outside whereas it will not move if kept in a garage and will not be harmed by the flood water.

If a flood warning is issued

Here are important things you need to do once you a flood warning has been issued:

  • Information is crucial during situations like these. Thus, you need to always listen to the radio for announcements and updates.
  • Be sure to cooperate fully with local authorities and emergency services. If they require you to evacuate, follow them and do not dillydally as you will put yourself and your helpers at risk.
  • Since electricity will almost certainly be unavailable, you must ensure that you do all the things you need to do during the day. It is much more difficult and unsafe to do things in the dark. Also get batteries for your torches and know where they are.
  • Share the information with your neighbors, particularly the old people, so that they can also prepare themselves.
  • Be sure to stay inside your house. Floodwater can kill, especially when it is raging, so do not attempt to go out. It is important to note that rapid flowing water that is six inches high could make you fall, while two feet of water could make your car float.
  • Ensure that your pets and cars are in a safe location. Once you heard of flood warning, you should stay on the second floor of your house.
  • There maybe objects floating in the water, so do not attempt to swim through raging flood. You can either be swept away or be knocked over by objects that are in the water.
  • Floodwater may be dirty and contaminated with sewage, so you should avoid contact if possible. It would be a shame that you survived the flooding, but fell ill because of contaminated water.
  • River bridges, sea defenses, and riverbanks are very dangerous places to be in during floods, so be sure to steer away from them if possible. There have been many cases wherein floodwater have destroyed or collapsed bridges and defenses.

6 Responses to “Flooding Tips”

  • m.buckley:

    if the drain or gully is council owned would it be possible for your company to unblock it because it is not on my land but very close to it and could be causing my celler to flood in heavy rain

  • Dyno Rod Home Maintenance:

    The short answer is no as the drain is owned by a third party.

    We would first advise you to contact the council as it is their responsibility to clear the drain as it is causing damage to your property. If they are slow to act, as a final resort, we could clear the drain if you obtained their permission in advance.

  • Jonathan Booth:

    Our LGF (lower ground floor) has front access aswell, but when we get heavy rain there is a build up of water of about 4 inches very quickly, I am concerned that when we have long periods of heavy rain this may come into the LGF. Is this because the drains could be blocked or just because it is LGF and takes longer?

  • Dyno Rod Home Maintenance:

    The answer is that it could be either of the reasons you quote. In times like this summer the amount of rain that falls in an hour can overwhelm any drain which is not properly designed and maintained.

    If you have any doubts can we suggest you telephone 0845 026 0994 and get a local Dyno Rod drainage engineer to survey your drains.

  • Graham Smith:

    our house is [email protected] below street level, in recent down pours we have flooded due to the main drains filling up and then coming back up our system causing us to flood. Is there a one way valve that can be put inbetween the main sewers and our inspection hatch? if so is this a costly job?

    Thank you
    Graham Smith

  • dyno rod:

    This is a difficult question to answer over the Internet. The mains drain you are referring to may be owned by the local authority and it may not be possible to work on this. Attempting to seal any drain system is very difficult as the water pressures can be intense and could break through any seal.

    The next consideration is why is the water backfilling, is the drain clear or are blockages reducing its capacity.

    To give you a considered answer it is probably best that one of our local drainage contractors visits and advises you on how we can help. Could you please telephone 0845 026 0994 if you want to proceed.