Putting together a flooding contingency plan for your home

While a direct correlation between global warming and increased incidences of extreme weather has yet to be conclusively proven, there is mounting evidence that the two are related. You can work that out with a rudimentary understanding of physics.

The warmer air is, the more water it is capable of holding. More precisely, the chances of extreme rainfall falling increases at a seven per cent increment with every one degree rise in temperature. And with global warming continuing to push the temperature of the Earth’s climate system upwards, the likelihood of especially heavy downpours looks set to continue.

This latest development in the Earth’s weather patterns is certainly an unsettling one – and it begs the question: how do we protect our homes from this growing threat? There is no one universally accepted, accessible and affordable way to stave off floods. And because of this, a range of anti-flood methods have emerged. Some unsuccessful, in spite of thousands of pounds of backing in research and development, and other simpler yet more successful approaches that are the result of eureka moments of ingenuity. Walking you through a variety of anti-flood methods and techniques and evaluating them for their effectiveness seems like the best way to give you a foundational knowledge of flood defence – and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Removing water from your home
If water is able to overrun and overwhelm your home’s defences, you need some kind of contingency plan to ensure your home isn’t irredeemably ruined. If you home does flood, it stands to reason that you’ll have to leave it. While humans are certainly fallible, machines: slightly less so. Positioning submersible dirty water pumps in the most at-risk area of your home that are designed to measure and then react to subtle changes in water levels, means you have an infallible automated last line of defence against floods.

Keeping water out of your home
Watch any region preparing for the imminent arrival of floods on the TV and you’ll notice one constant at every location – the presence of sandbags. Although sandbags have been the traditional stalwart of flood defences, their heft doesn’t justify their frankly paltry ability to slow the advance of water. Today’s technology has however given us access to more lightweight iterations of sandbags, with a fortified ability to resist water too. Superior to their predecessors in every way, the updated versions of sandbags are well worth piling outside your home.

One absolutely essential but easily overlooked step in preparing your home for the possibility of flooding is the presence of an open air brick. Embedded into a home to allow air from outside the home to circulate within, ridding your home of stagnant air and humidity. What was designed to allow air into your home, also inadvertently allows unwanted water into your home. To prevent this from happening, you can purchase and fit a cover onto your existing air brick. Alternatively, you can now get your hands on self-activating air bricks that will slam shut in the face of rising water levels.