Property news: Check your flood protection measures

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With heavy storms occurring and weather warnings being issued across many parts of the United Kingdom, RICS has called on homeowners to check that they have all their flood protection measures in place and to prevent additional problems by making sure things such as gutters and drains are cleared of blockages.

Homeowners and especially those in areas prone to flooding should ensure that they have all their flood protection measures – such as flood-proof doors and windows, and non-return valves to the drainage system – in good working order. Failure to do so could prove extremely costly and it could take a long time to rectify any issues.

RICS recommends that homeowners consult the RICS Flooding Guide, a free publication designed to help the public prevent and deal with the consequences of flooding. Furthermore, anybody looking for advice as to what preventative measures are appropriate to their property should contact a local Chartered Surveyor.

Jan Hÿtch, RICS East spokesperson, commented: “With the first of our extreme winter weather events still taking affect it is an ideal time for homeowners to consider how they might protect themselves and their property in the future. Heavy rainfall can have devastating impact on your home, however; there are a number of adaptations that can be made to reduce the chance of flooding.

“The RICS Consumer Guide for Flooding is freely accessible on the RICS website. This offers simple tips for homeowners as well as outlining possible renovations that will reduce the impact of flood damage. At the very least it is advised that homeowners read the guide to understand the most basic precautionary steps they can take to protect themselves and their families.”