If you are unlucky enough to live in one of the areas hit by the latest bout of flooding and bad weather, we would like to suggest a few straight forward steps you can take to minimise damage to your home or commercial building before the floodwaters invade your property and also there are some suggestions to intensify and speed up repairs once the flood waters start to recede. With the increasing occurrence of bad weather of late, some insurance companies have issued handy information as to how not only you can prevent the water coming in, but if it DOES enter the building, further suggestions are offered as to what to do in that eventuality. You should be advised, or rather warned, that flood water can enter the house through the drains. This also applies to the LOO.  If the drains are overwhelmed, flood water, AND EVERYTHING ELSE (!), will rise up through the toilet and into your home. These manholes are especially dangerous if draining has commenced and the waters are trying to flood away as the hole will cause a  huge suction and can and will suck you in, so be very careful. If you are in a vehicle, don’t try and drive through floodwater, the car can be swept away for a start, or the least worse scenario, it can stall and you will be stuck there, which is far worse if the water is rising.
Buy or Hire dehumidifiers and close the windows: These machines are invaluable for drying a house out after flooding but be prepared for a long wait!
However tempting when you see your once lovely house, ruined by floods, don’t attempt to redecorate straight away.
Then check with a decorator, a wall coating specialist, damp proofing company or other expert to ensure that the walls and other surfaces are fully dried out and, if necessary, treated to prevent mould and penetrating damp into the walls, if you have survived an awful flooding experience, take good note of the following.
Your home was flooded, possibly for a reason (not withstanding freak once in a lifetime events like hurricanes, volcanoes, wars and suchlike) and therefore if your home flooded for a reason, identify that reason as your main number one priority.

If so, you have the following choices what to do, after you have sorted and repaired your home. 7)  If your home was flooded because you did not take adequate steps yourself to prevent the water entering your home, learn from your mistakes, and make sure there is adequate provision if there is another flood, in the future, and then in theory, your home will NOT flood as you acted upon what went wrong initially.
Over 5 million people in England and Wales live and work in properties currently at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea. AT the time of writing, there have been several recent bad floods in England, southern and northern Spain, Madeira, Germany, England, Italy, France, Chile, USA, to name but a few. The UK has again found itself partially submerged with high tides, gale force winds and extensive flooding in many parts of England, Wales and Scotland. Flood water can also come into your property through airbricks or other vents, so remember to block them off. Also be advised you may not be covered by your car insurance if you wilfully risk the car by driving through a flood. Move anything that is not too badly damaged upstairs or away from flood water where possible.
Some families who have been flooded out of their houses, especially cases from Hull and also Gloucestershire, are still  living in caravans or temporary accommodation 6 months after their house was flooded. This would be very difficult, and also whatever paint etc., you use, will not last for more than a few weeks, or a few days, making you even more frustrated, be patient if your home has flooded, the mess will take some time to sort out.

Easiest way in theory, but if you live in a flood area, possibly not so easy, unless you sell at a bargain price or at auction. The torrential wind and rain will no doubt cause widespread destruction across the country and the cost of flood and wind storm damage will continue to increase. The Health Protection Agency states that the main threats to health during and immediately after a flood are drowning and injuries caused by accidents in flowing water. If the electricity was not turned off before the flood, contact a professional to come and switch it off safely. Your insurance provider might also provide you with an industrial dryer to help dry floorboards and walls. We republished this article as it contains some very important advice that you should follow if your home is at risk, or has already been flooded. Write a list of everything that has been lost or damaged due to the flood, including food in the freezer or fridge and things you might not even think about, like food in the cupboards or damage to your DVD collection.

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