Many regions in the UK are currently experiencing high levels of rain, causing many properties to be flooded. Here are some useful tips on how to prevent flooding to your property.
Best ways to prevent flooding
- Arrange some sandbags for outside your doors, windows, airbricks, anywhere water can get in.
- Get all mains supplies turned off, electric, gas, water.
- Turn off, and unplug everything electric and put it upstairs, higher the better.
- Washing machine and dishwasher, if you can, remove the connections. If they move during a flood they could rip a hole in your wall!
- Move everything you can upstairs, the heavy stuff that you cannot move, cover up with plastic sheets and make sure you secure them with sandbags.
- Empty fridge, freezer, all cupboards, and store contents upstairs.
- Get all your sentimental stuff safely upstairs.
- Ensure you have your insurance details to hand, in-case you are flooded and need to make a claim.
I have been flooded, what do I do?
- Get the electric, gas and water company to check if any damage has occurred during the flood.
- Ensure your boiler is checked by a registered gas engineer, same with other appliances such as dishwasher.
- Get all your windows and doors opened, you will need to get rid of the moisture in your property.
- Get photo’s of everything for your insurance!
- Make the call to your insurance and advise them of the situation.
The average cost of flood damage in the UK is £17,000 per incident (Lloyds TSB)
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How to prevent burglary in your home
According to Confused.com, one in four people say the key to feeling safe is to have trustworthy and reliable neighbours. Good piece of advise, hear are some more ways to prevent burglary to your property.
- Lock up: Ensure you keep your windows and doors locked, if you are in the garden for example and your front door is open, this could pose a risk. So lock up!
- Alarm system: A good quality, visible alarm system, if you are like me and one of those people who likes to save money and buy the cheapest of everything, its probably not a good idea to cheap out on an alarm.
- Quality locks: Buy decent locks, and glass panel doors for security are not good.
- Be smart: Don’t leave any keys near the front door, or in sight. Especially if you have expensive cars.
- Lighting: Good outside lighting is always a bonus, although this could annoy your neighbours.
- Leaving lights on can be a good idea, although with the cost of electricity at the moment it may be expensive.
- Valuables: Ensure no passports, bank statements, credit card bills are left in sight. Always keep them safely hidden away.
- Easy money: Any tools, ladders, bikes etc outside your home? Its probably a good idea to store those away, you don’t want to be supplying the burglar with tools to break into your home.
- Spare key: Never leave a spare key in a obvious place, (mainly applies to apartment buildings)
- Buzzing people in: If you live in a block of apartments, be wary who you let in. If you do not know them, do not buzz them in. Its better to be safe, than sorry.
If you do experience a burglary, consider making a crime report
on HoodPoints and letting your neighbours know!