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Flood Advice from insurers

1st February 2014

Insurers risk surveyors have been busy visiting the impacted areas across the UK and one of them yesterday in a flood hit area gave the following small but immediate advice to clients. This was well received so we hope this can also be useful to you and your customers.

  • Move all equipment off the lower floors.
  • Make use of any sandbags, there are also barriers that can be fixed into the door ways to stop water from getting in. If your customer needs advice on how these can be obtained, they can call the Environment Agency. Failing that, a contractor can fix supports to the door ways which can stop or slow down the water.
  • Seal the soil drainage to stop any water from getting into the buildings drainage system, thus preventing contaminated water from entering the building.
  • Turn off all the electrics to the floors that are likely to be affected.
  • If there is a lower area such as a basement, try and route the water flow into these areas and pump out. For example, if any man hole covers can be opened which would send the water to the basement area, it is better to flood a basement and actively man a pump to pump it all out rather than having the water travel through the ground floor of the building.
  • Take up carpets and remove anything that can be moved to higher floors.
  • Call drying companies and put them on standby in order to get them to set up large industrial dehumidifiers to start the drying process ASAP after the flood. This will prevent any water from penetrating into the foundations of the building, causing further problems.

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