If your property benefitted from measures such as flood-resistant doors, barriers, and self-closing air bricks it's important you regularly inspect and maintain these measures.
All appropriate adults that live or work at your property should also be aware of how to use or maintain your flood resilience measures.
Regular checks you should make
Regular checks on your flood resilience measures should include:
- Check your door locks properly. Follow your manufacturer's instructions to make sure your flood door is properly sealed by using the locking mechanism.
- Check the seals on your doors are in good condition and not perishing.
- Check your doors shut properly and that the door frames remain aligned after extreme temperatures as they can shrink and swell.
- Make sure air brick vents do not have any debris blocking them that will cause them not to shut properly.
- Check any ground floor cable and pipe entry points in and out of your property are properly sealed to avoid floodwater entering.
- Check the flood barriers, boards and fittings are in a good condition and nothing has been damaged. Please make sure you store them in a safe and easily accessible place in case of an emergency.
- If you've added any new cables or pipes at ground level since we organised the work on your property you'll need to make sure the entry points are adequately sealed to avoid floodwater entering.
- If your property has a cellar, make sure the vents are not blocked by debris.
If you don't have permanent flood resilience products fixed to your property but you have moveable flood products that you fit as and when required you should also check these.
How to make improvements to your equipment
If you're considering making further improvements you may need to adapt the work we've organised on your property.
You should get professional advice about any changes you wish to make before starting any work. This is to ensure the improvements remain effective and if additional flood resilience measures are required as part of the work.
You should avoid making any alterations to your flood door without professional advice. This could affect how well your door works during a flood and may invalidate your warranty and guarantee.
Ask us for advice
If you're in any doubt about the work we organised at your property as part of the Boxing Day floods, please contact us using the details on this page.