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Actions to help prevent your property flooding

2008-08-16

Drains
Drains can be a major problem during flooding if they are blocked and will therefore fail to work. The key indicators to look out for are if your drain has become blocked you will usually see signs as your waste water will have stopped going away down the sink. Another sign is when you flush the toilet the man-hole and gullies may also start to overflow. There will also probably be a smell. In cases where sewers serve a number of properties you may not see these signs, as they may only directly affect properties closest to the blockage.

Main Causes
Cooking grease, hair, food particles, toilet paper and roots are too often the main causes for sluggish or blocked drains. If they happen near the drain opening or toilet bowl, a plunger may be effective in clearing them. However, if the problem is some distance down the drain, it may require the services of a professional plumber.

Air Bricks
When record levels of rain now falling you can see, water levels around external walls tend to rise very quickly. Check that all pathways and paved areas are situated well below the property's damp proof course level? If your ground levels are higher than recommended, you may find yourself with a serious potential of flood water entering through your air bricks.

Preparing your garage or garden shed
If your garage or shed lie in a flood-prone area and are used to store materials such as paints, thinners, petrol, etc., remove all these materials from harm's way and place them in a safe, elevated location.

Relocate lawnmowers, leaf blowers, tools, etc. to a higher elevation safely away from the effects of flash flood water levels.
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