Heavy Rainfall – How to Prepare and What to Check
As we have seen over recent years, with our ever changing global climate, there is the regular occurrence of heavy storms with relentless rain causing flooded grounds and properties, a costly and upsetting situation to watch unfold.
When heavy rainfall is forecast you want to try and make sure you have taken every precaution to protect your home and family.We want to provide you with some useful information and guidance on what you can do to make your home as waterproof and safe as possible:-

    • Take time to wander around your property and identify where water could backup when there is sudden heavy or persistent rain. For example, your gutters and down pipes are not designed to hold lots of water in a short space of time.  If they are blocked up with natural debris or rubbish, the rain will find it hard to drain away.  Regularly check to ensure they are clear and ready for weather.
    • Flat roofs on most properties can collect debris throughout the year and collect around roof drains during times of rain leading to a larger than expected collection of water, causing levels to rise and then flood down into any property.
    • Examine your windows and doors for any gaps or areas where sealant or insulation is missing or lose, particularly with conservatory fixtures. Water can seep in through the smallest of gaps.
    • Electricity is always a risk in bad weather. Ensure that any outside exposed electrical points around summer houses and deckings are well covered.   Some electrical appliances are safer when raised and fitted to walls, preventing them being at ground level. If you are prone to flooding, raise your electrical sockets and always make sure your fuse box is accessible.
    • Any air vents, air bricks and drains should be securely closed and covered to avoid any water filtering through.
    • If you have low placed windows, doors or access points, use sand bags or other flood barriers to barricade these areas minimising the risk of flooding.
    • Finally, heavy rain water can be pushed back through drains and pipes which lead out from your sinks and appliances. If you have a leaking or cracked pipe in your water system, this increased pressure can result in burst pipes, causing further major damage within your property.

As you can see above, there are many steps that you can take and precautions you can put in place to try and avoid water leaking or flooding into your home, but there are a couple of areas where you will not realise there is a problem until after the event, such as the pressure on your internal water pipes.  When there is damage to any of your pipes, the pressure from extra water will only lead to more significant problems.

There are technological ways which can help to prevent this situation by having a leak detection system put in place.  This is managed by way of multiple sensors, appropriately placed through your plumbing or property in order to monitor and detect for water leaks or problems and alert you.  Not everything can be avoided but with water leaks so if you cannot see it, arrange to detect it!

For information on how we can help if you suspect a leak, consult LeakDTech’s professionals now!

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