At a glance
- Urbanisation and climate change have all contributed to increasing the likelihood and severity of flooding in the UK
- While the chances of flooding can’t be totally avoided, there are a host of measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of damage
- This infographic gives tips on the simple measures building owners can take to improve property flood resistance and resilience
The frequency and severity of flooding in the UK has increased significantly over the past decade, with the potential to cause widespread damage and distress.
According to the Environment Agency, one in six properties in the UK is now at risk of flooding. While it may not be possible to completely flood-proof a building, by staying on top of maintenance and adopting some building design changes, it is possible to reduce the damage.
Our interactive guide below demonstrates the primary measures that can be taken to help protect buildings against flood damage.
Solution: Sign up to the Environment Agency alert system, or NRW for Wales and SEPA for Scotland. Have a clear emergency plan in place and ensure any flood guards, air brick covers etc. are installed ahead of any flooding.
Solution: Install flood resistant doors and windows or have access to removable flood barriers.
Solutions: Consider installing sump pump systems for basements and/or voids underneath the floor.
Solution: Consider moving electrical sockets, fuses and/or trip switches, meter and fixed appliance connections to a height of 1.2m, where they are less likely to be damaged by floodwater.
Solution: Toilet bungs and non-return valves can minimise this risk.
Solution: Consider airbrick covers and technology such as anti-flood airbricks. Walls with a high seepage rate may need sealing or application of a low-level render system in extreme cases.
Solution: Seal any gaps in the walls or floors by re-pointing, using appropriate flood resistant sealants, raising the height of the pipe above the maximum flood water level or fitting a non-return valve.