Check if you’re at risk of ﬂooding
CallFloodlineon0845 988 1188(open
24 hours a day, seven days a week) toﬁnd out if your home is at risk. If it is, followthe steps in this booklet to ﬁnd out whatto do.
Register to receive free ﬂoodwarnings
If you are at risk of ﬂooding you canreceive free ﬂood warnings by phone, text,email, fax or pager. You will only receivewarnings for your area.
Know your Quickdial number for your area
To ﬁnd out your Quickdial number eithercall Floodline or if you are alreadyregistered, your Quickdial number will beat the end of any warning telephonemessage or text.
All calls to 0845 numbers are freefrom a BT landline. If you havehearing problems use the Floodlinetype talk number -0845 602 6340.
If you are living on your own, whynot add a relative or friend to receivethe warning too. They will then knowwhen you need help.
For more information tune into localweather, news and travel bulletins onthe radio and television.
Are you at risk of ﬂooding?
Over ﬁve million people currently live in areas that are at risk from ﬂooding inEngland and Wales. Flooding can cause widespread damage to your homeand belongings. By making sure you and your family and friends know whatto do before, during and after a ﬂood you can help reduce the impacts.
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Try and keep water out:
– buy purpose-built ﬂood boards that can be installed when ﬂooding is imminent. You can also raise door thresholds.
Walls and ﬂoors
– raise damp-proof brick courses. Sealing ﬂoors (‘tanking’) canprevent water rising through the ground.
– buy specially designed covers that are easy to place over ventilation bricks.
Drains and pipes
– ﬁt non-return valves to drains and water inlet and outlet pipes.
…but accept that water might get in.
In the case of bigger ﬂoods this actually needs to happen otherwise the weight of thewater outside might cause the building to collapse. Here are some things you can do toreduce the damage ﬂoodwater might cause inside:
Doors and windows
– install synthetic orwaxed windows and doors, or varnish.
– raise electrical sockets, fuseboxes, controls and wiring to at least 1.5metres above ﬂood level. If rewiring, bringcables down the wall to the raised socketso that cabling isn’t affected.
– lay tiles with rugs rather thanﬁtted carpets, which often need to bereplaced after a ﬂood.
– ﬁx your audio-visual equipment, for example your TV andhi-ﬁ, to the wall about 1.5 metres aboveﬂoor level.
Investing in ﬂood products may save you a lot of money in the long term. The amount of money or time that you spend on ﬂood products will bedependant on how often your property is likely to ﬂood.
Kitchen and bathroom
– use water-resistant materials such as stainless steel,plastic or solid wood rather than chipboard.Where possible raise fridges and applianceson plinths.
– ﬁt a pump in a basement or under-ﬂoor void to extract ﬂood water.
– ﬁt water resistant skirting boards,or varnish them.
– put irreplaceable or valuableitems on high mounted shelves.
– dry line. Use horizontal plasterboard,or lime-based plaster instead of gypsum. Geta special draining system for cavity walls.
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