How to keep out floodwater from your home

As part of our ‘Home How To’ video series, the team at Swinton have created a handy guide to how to keep floodwater from your home.

These tips relate to floodwater from heavy rain, rivers breaking their banks. They won’t be effective with groundwater – which is when water comes up through the ground.

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As part of our ‘Home How To’ video series, the team at Swinton have created a handy guide to how to keep floodwater from your home.

These tips relate to floodwater from heavy rain, rivers breaking their banks.

They won’t be effective with groundwater – which is when water comes up through the ground.

DOORS AND WINDOWS

Sandbags work as a first line of defence. It’s generally best to stack them about three high, as once you get above five the wall can become unstable. You can get sandbags from local builders merchants

These days you can also get automatic flood proof doors and windows, or have your door entrance raised to make it harder for water to get in. This can be an expensive job so consider the cost and implications to your home.

OUTSIDE WALLS

Pointing (the layers of mortar between your bricks on your walls). If it’s flaking away, it’s time to get it looked at.

You can also apply a water-proof sealant to bricks or even get specially designed covers that fit over brickwork.

FLOORS AND WALLS

Outside water can get in through floors and walls.

Take time to inspect outside walls and floors within your home.

Seal floors where possible. You can even replace floorboards with damp proof concrete. Again, this is quite a big job and can be costly, so perhaps consider this if you’re ever having a lot of work done.

GARDENS AND DRIVES

Just having a garden can help water drain away from your home.

If you can landscape a garden or a driveway so it diverts water away from your house, that’s even better.

For more tips in our ‘Home How To’ series, just click the link here.
https://www.swinton.co.uk/spotlight/your-home/swinton-home-tv/

DISCLAIMER

Our “Home How To” videos bring you handy hints which we hope will save you time and money, but please remember, this video is a general one and may not be suitable for your specific purpose. This video is not intended as a substitute for professional help or guidance, always speak to a trained professional and where applicable, always consult manufacturer’s handbook.

REFERENCE

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

 

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