A national trade body has launched a new information area, outlining some of the steps that can be taken to prevent properties from flooding.
Hundreds of homes and businesses across the UK have been badly affected by floodwater since the turn of the year.
While rivers remain at dangerous levels, and vast areas of land are still saturated, the risk of further problems remains high.
Now the Property Care Association (PCA) has launched a new online facility, which offers expert guidance on how best to protect properties – and build in proactive solutions to prevent catastrophic damage occurring.
At www.property-care.org/Homeowners.Flood_Restoration.Flood_Defence_Systems.asp, the information examines flood defence systems, shows several of the options available to homeowners and property professionals - and provides valuable advice.
It also underlines the value of using specialists in the field who’ll not only offer bespoke defence and resilience measures but can also help with installation.
The new section reveals how PCA members can provide a specification service to survey properties at risk and lists potential prevention measures including the fitting of flood doors or barriers and/or panels to door and window openings.
Other key measures might include the installation of non-return valves to mains drainage and waste pipes, the fitting of sumps, pumps and specialist cavity drainage membranes or the application of high-performance water resistant coatings to external masonry surfaces.
Cables and pipes can be sealed where they enter a building, along with joints, edges and cracks in concrete floors, while the installation of flood resistant air bricks is another option.
The page reveals how members of the PCA Flood Remediation Group are skilled surveyors, consultants and contractors who understand routes by which flood water can enter buildings and who can specify levels of protection to reduce the risk.
They are experienced professionals who’ll source and install the most suitable flood defence equipment and other measures for each property, often using innovative products to protect homes and businesses from the effects of water.
Steve Hodgson, chief executive of the PCA, said: "Many of our members are specialists in the flood recovery of buildings but some also specialise in systems that can protect properties from the devastating effects of flood damage in the first place.
"Property owners might be considering protection to a property that has flooded before or has a high risk of doing so. This is highly specialised work and the correct specification for individual properties is extremely important to reduce that risk.
"The best way to deal with flood protection is to use specialists who understand the subject and the fact contractors are members of the PCA means they’re up to the task of providing robust and reliable high quality defence systems and associated work as well as specification, advice and guidance.
The Association, which supports members with technical advice and guidance, is a member of TrustMark, the scheme supported by government to help property owners find reliable and trustworthy tradespeople to make home improvements.
To find out more about the PCA, log on to www.property-care.org
The PCA is the trade body for the structural waterproofing, wood preservation, damp proofing, flood recovery, structural maintenance and invasive weed control sectors in the UK.
More details can be found at www.property-care.org
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