Advice on flood resilience measures for businesses
- Published: Thursday, 07 January 2016 16:34
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has published a reminder to UK businesses that have been damaged by flooding of the availability of government grants to fund flood resilience and resistance measures as properties are repaired.
The Association of British Insurers says that Defra is soon due to set out more details of government funding which is being made available for flood resilience and resistance work via local authorities.
Possible resilience and resistance measures highlighted by the ABI include:
- Using water resistant plaster;
- Moving electrical sockets, meters and boilers higher;
- Installing water-resistant doors and window-frames, or investing in flood gates;
- Installing doors and other fittings which can be easily removed and taken out of harm’s way;
- Replacing chipboard units with plastic or steel equivalents;
- ‘Tanking’ rooms, which effectively means waterproofing them with a special membrane;
- Replacing timber floors with a water-proof membrane to prevent water penetrating;
- Investing in covers for air bricks, vents and other gaps;
- Installing free-standing pumps to remove water as quickly as possible;
- Installing one-way valves on drainage pipes and seals on toilets to prevent sewage backing up into the property.