"Warnings have been issued for probable flooding in central and eastern areas of the United Kingdom, following heavy rains that disrupted transportation in London.
The London mayor's office described the circumstances as a warning that "the perils of climate change have moved closer to home" as cars battled through floodwater on Tower Bridge and a stretch of the underground had to be closed.
"Property owners with anti-flood barriers and other measures such as water pumps were urged to activate them, while a separate alert warned of possible flooding in the nearby Tottenham Court Road area."
These headlines are becoming all too prevalent in our daily newspapers and television programs. So, how can we safeguard our homes and businesses from the effects of flooding?
Protecting Your Property from Flooding
Prepare for a flood to save your family, possessions, and livelihood. Flooding is hazardous and may occur rapidly. The consequences can be disastrous. Keeping you, your Property, and loved ones safe in the event of floods, you can take the following precautions:
- First, check if you are at risk of flooding.
- Then sign up for free flood warnings with the Met Office.
Find that you live in an area that's at risk of flooding. You could get free flood warnings delivered directly to your mobile or home phone by many online apps available.
Create a flood plan.
A flood plan can assist you in preparing for floods and reducing the damage it may have on your house, company, or community; it can also aid in the recovery process.
You may be able to get a flood plan template from your local flood agency or municipality, or you may be able to create your own using the list below as a guide:
Compile a collection of essential phone numbers, including those for your local government, utility providers, and insurance companies.
How to Turn Off Your Electricity or Gas
Place your valuables in a secure location.
Include what you would need to transfer to safety in the event of a flood - consider your dogs, car, and furnishings.
Who might you turn to for assistance?
Could you volunteer to assist those who are in need?
Make a flood kit.
Consider assembling an emergency flood kit containing essential things that will assist you in dealing with a flood, such as:
Documents about insurance and a list of phone numbers
Extra batteries and a torch
First-aid kit, as well as any prescription medications
Clothing that's warm and waterproof, as well as blankets
Water bottles and snacks
Radio powered by a battery or a wind-up radio
Supplies for caring for your child or pet
Make sure everyone understands where to find this equipment and what to do if there is flooding.
Flood Protection Equipment
Think about making your property flood resistant. You could lay tiles instead of carpets, move electrical sockets up the wall, and fit non-return valves to reduce flood damage. Suppose you already know you live in an area at risk of flooding. In that case, you could consider installing some flood protection products:
- Flood boards – can be fixed to your doors and windows
- Plastic covers to seal airbricks
- Hydrosnake & Hydrosack
Recovering from Flood
First, contact your insurance company. And follow the advice given.
Check to see when you can return to the Property.
If you've had to leave your home due to a flood, you must check with the emergency services that it's safe to return before doing so.
Utility providers may also need a safety check of your house or company before you may re-connect your water, gas, and electricity.
Maintaining your Property
Before beginning repairs on your Property, get the opinion of an expert.
The majority of the flood-related repair work will have to be done by specialists hired by your insurers. Flood water may include hazardous substances such as sewage, chemicals, and animal feces, making you sick. If you come into touch with floodwater, properly wash your hands.
Find a flood action group or a flood warden in your area.
If there has been a significant flood, your local government may have designated a location such as a town hall as a "flood hub" from which to coordinate recovery operations.
There may also be a flood warden or flood response organisation nearby.
Buying a Submersible Pump
Suppose you're searching for a submersible pump and want to be sure it's worth the money. In that case, the following recommendations may help you choose the most satisfactory model:
- Pumping power. One pump may have a capacity of 17500 liters per hour, while another may have a total of 6000 liters per hour or 100 liters of fluid every minute.
- Maximum depth of submersion. The most significant height to which a pump can lift water is often the delivery head. Some pumps have an eight-meter delivery head, while others have a five-meter delivery head, making them suitable for a wide range of water pumping applications.
- Float switch that operates automatically. When the water level reaches a particular level, the pump will start and stop.
- Think about the appropriateness. Is it appropriate for draining a swimming pool or hot tub, a garden pond, or any extra water or puddles? The pump will work if the water does not include big particles or stones.
- Some submersible pumps can handle debris and particles as large as 30mm in diameter, making them ideal for draining pits, sumps, ditches, and footings.
- Determine which accessories come with the pump. Some pumps are more accessible to operate than others simply because they have more attachments. If you value the simplicity of use, we recommend investigating which accessories come with the pump.
- A residual current device (RCD) should always be utilised with a submersible pump, as it should be with any electrical equipment used near water.
- An RCD switch is a life-saving device that prevents you from receiving a deadly electric shock if you encounter something live.