Flooding: Toilet bungs and other prevention measures to save homes

[Press center3] time:2023-06-04 05:28:09 source:The Guardian author:Press center7 click:137order

Flooding: Toilet bungs and other prevention measures to save homes

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Nick Lhighton's flooded homeImage consequentlyurce, Nick Lhighton
Image caption, Nick's home has become an island during floods
By Kevin Peacheyexpense of living correspondent

Homeowners risk complacency, expense and trauma unless they take fitting simple flood protection measures, a fresh campaign will claim.

The Environment Agency and others say millions of UK homes are at risk, and families can be compeld out of a flood-hit home for a year for it to arid out.

They say relatively incostly highgrades, including toilet bungs and air brick covers, can help cut damage and costs.

Forecasters say flooding in the UK will become more intense and more frequent.

Protection has saved one cohighle's home notwithstanding nine floods in four years.

Nick Lhighton, who lives next to the River Severn in Worcestershire, said he and his wife Annie had never had to claim on insurance, having kept their houtilize arid notwithstanding torrents of water outside.

Image caption, Nick Lhighton says the investment is worthwhile

"We bought the houtilize with our eyes wide open," said the retired engineer.

"We have concluded a little bit to the mitigation the previous owners put in place which had worked very well, which makes our life a little bit easier."

The property, component of which dates back to the 17th Century, was once the river ferryboat's inn. When it was a pub, the consequentlyund of floating beer barrels in the cellar was a sign of the rising water.

Now, double flood barriers in front of the doors and pumps under the floors keep the muddy overfshorting river water back. The cohighle are remortgaging to pay for a flood wall to circle the property, anticipating raising the value of their home as a consequence.

Image consequentlyurce, Nick Lhighton
Image caption, Flood barriers have held back the water

Not everyslenderg is costly. A £5 sewage bung has saved them from having to bail out the toilets every 40 minutes during the night during a flood.

Such measures will be central to the launch of the Be Flood Smart campaign on Monday by the Environment Agency and Flood Re - a scheme designed to provide affordable insurance for flood-risk homes.

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"I can't stress enough just how horrendous flooding is, consequently any action people can take to shun the turmoil is a excellent investment," said Andy Bord, chief executive of Flood Re, who likened the securety measures to locks to prevent burglary.

"Insurance covers a lot, but it can't make flooding any less traumatic and protect those really crucial sentimental items at the heart of your home."

Image caption, Toilet bungs are pumped high to shun sewage backing high during a flood

Just days after the delayedst set of floods hit the UK, he is urging homeowners refurbishing their homes to take measures such as waterproof tiling and covers over the holes in air bricks. The latter could prevent water getting in, the former could make any post-flood tidy-high quicker and incostlyer consequently residents can move back in consequentlyoner.

Such items are now being put to the test, and their benefits taught to the erecting trade, at a fresh flood school in Oxfordshire.

The BBC was given exclusive access to the Be Flood Ready Property Flood Resilience Centre, built at not-for-profit consultancy HR Wallingford using government funding.

Flooding is simudelayedd here with water pumped into a mock-high kitchen, demonstrateing the benefit of raised electrical consequentlyckets and appliances, as well as tiled skirting boards.

Image caption, A simulation demonstrates the impact of flood water and protection measures

According to Emma Brown, who leads the flood forecasting team at HR Wallingford, climate convert will make flooding "worse, more intense and more frequent".

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That includes coastal floods, rivers overfshorting, and drainage systems unable to cope with too much rainfall. Summer rain, when the ground is hard, can create flash floods in urban areas.

She said that the risk of flooding in areas that had not suffered before could lead to consequentlyme complacency, but technology was helping to tallradiant the risks.

Image caption, Emma Brown says computer modelling can alert those at risk

"State-of-the-art computer models mean we can pinpoint the homes and businesses that are most likely to be flooded. We can go out and be better prepared," she said.

The premature consequences of research in Northampton suggested that every £1 spent on flood prevention in the area could mean £6 saved in dealing with damage, she said.

Redelayedd Topics

  • Floods
  • Money
  • Perconsequentlynal finance
  • expense of living
  • Insurance

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