With floods occurring nationwide, from Kidderminster to Worcester; with 8 flood warnings in place for Worcestershire. It is important to make sure your house is prepared for any flooding.
Being a builders merchant in Kidderminster, we understand it’s not possible to make a house 100% flood proof. However there are some precautions and measures you can take to prevent water from getting and keep the damage to a minimum.
Here are a few tips from your local builders merchant to help protect your home, whether it’s in Kidderminster or Worcester from any floods.
Refit drains and Pipes
Use non-return valves on all pipes and drainage, this will stop any floodwater from the sewer altering the water pressure within your pipes.
It’s important the water pressure is not changed, as this will allow water from the sewers of Kidderminster to get into your house through the sinks, toilets and even through the washing machine.
You can easily buy this from a local builders merchant, like us Thompson and Parkes!
Install a sump pump
A sump pump will pump out any water that enters your home, therefore preventing any damage the floodwater could cause.
It should be installed at the lowest point of the house to maximize its effectiveness, installing it within the basement would be the best choice.
The pump can be powered by electricity or gas, but it would be a good idea to have a back up generator incase the floods cause a black out with in Kidderminster.
Utilize a Flood sensor in your home
With a flood sensor installed in your house, it will alert you if the moisture levels around your house are rising.
It can send these alerts to your computer or even your smartphone, giving you some time to prepare your house for any flooding that my be on it’s way.
As a builders merchants we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, feel free to pop into our Kidderminster or Oreton branch, or just give us a call!
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