The British weather has really been battering the UK over the past few weeks with snow, ice and now as the thaw comes there is the risk of flooding.
Some advice can help reduce flood risk from melting snow, firstly get all the snow and ice away from your drains as this can block them up. Clearing grit and salt will stop it getting washed into the drains and causing problems. Burst pipes are problematic at this time of year so if you are unlucky enough to experience this, make sure you turn off the water at the stop valve and turn on the cold taps to drain the system.
If flooding is a risk in your area you can fit non-return valves to drains and water inlet and outlet pipes as this will stop waste water from flowing into your home during a flood. Flood barriers like sand bags will also help keep the water out of your property.
One of the big problems at the moment is the warmer weather will bring rain with will top up the water levels produced by the melting snow. As the ground is still frozen the water will run off into rivers which could cause further flooding.
Flooding is a serious problem in a lot of areas and it is something you need to be insured against. There is no point not telling your insurer as the cost to repair your home, should it flood, will be huge. If you have flood insurance in place at least you know you can fix your property and replace damaged items.
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