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Get Winter Ready – Flood Protection Plan Checklist

Commercial building rooftops in winter rain

As we head into the colder months, it is time to think about what we can do to be ready for winter with some of the challenges the season brings. Having a flood protection plan is one way you can help prepare for the winter months ahead.

When it comes to water, we can go from one extreme of not having enough to the other end of having too much. That of course then leads to flooding and damage.

To make sure you are prepared for any winter deluges it is important to keep up your annual programme of water asset maintenance.

Flood Protection Plan: What To Check

Here are a few things to look at –

Number one on the list is to make sure any stormwater devices such as sumps, drains, and gutters are cleared. If there is a bigger rainfall than normal the extra water will then be able to make its way through the system a lot easier – avoiding overflowing due to blockages and therefore damage to your foundations or exterior walls.

Whilst cleaning things out, it then gives you the opportunity to inspect your water infrastructure and make sure that everything is in working order. Often it is the underlying damage that you can’t see that causes you issues.

The same applies to checking your roofing. Commercial roofs are often flat which can cause water pooling. Left un-noticed this can lead to damage and leaking.

Water tanks also need to be checked on a regular basis and this can be done at the same time if applicable. For residential properties it is essential to maintain the right level of water quality. While for commercial properties it is part of your Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) to regularly check and maintain your assets.

In terms of wastewater, take a look at your pumps. If these fail, you can of course end up with effluent discharge which is not only unpleasant but has large health and safety ramifications.

Finally, if you are near a waterway or flood-prone area make sure you have a plan to protect your property if water levels suddenly rise. Considering flood barriers that automatically deploy by rising with the water level can be beneficial or even having portable flood prevention devices on hand should they be required.

It is very easy to put off maintenance due to being busy or the perceived cost. Often however it will save you a lot in the long-term ie a quick call to our team to look at everything for you could help to prevent water damage or a nasty sewage leak.


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