Prepare your property

There are some very helpful measures to improve your property’s flood resilience. Whilst you can never entirely eliminate the risk of flooding, protecting your property can be a key part of helping to reduce the impact of flooding on your home or business.

  • Observe the topography of and around your property, and if needed bring it into anti-flood-condition’s shape - optimally with a proper installed drainage system According to the nature of the site, prepare the ground with swales in the manner that potential flood water will be distributed widely on the terrain so that it can seep into the soil and the rest of it be drained from the terrain.
  • Create barriers, such as thresholds, especially important for buildings that are located in depressions or on a slope.
  • Install mobile protective elements, such as window flaps and water barriers, as well as higher edgings on the light shafts and basement entrances.
  • Check the building’s pipes' passage-ways and implement structural measures (e.g. `white tanks`) against pressing groundwater.
  • Have your basement be sealed vertically and horizontally - here do not forget the drainage, bring the water away from the house.
  • Check and clean regularly all rain gutters and the downspouts.
     
  • Implement back-flow preventers against water penetration through the sewers.
  • Oil Tank Precautions
    Owners of commercial and residential fuel oil tanks must take precautions. Spilled oil tanks are causing the highest damage. Check tanks for the following (a tank contractor may be needed to check the tank and make any needed improvements):
    the tank must be protected from floating or toppling over by flood waters floating debris, or high currents. Connections to the tank (fill pipe, vent, gauge, bungs) must be water tight.

 

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT
PROTECTIVE MEASURES

  • In the basements: store electric devices at higher levels (e.g. place the washing machine on a shelf-support)
  • Secure the oil ovens and heating tanks. The highest sum of the amount of loss and damage caused by floodings in cellars can be attributed to them. Not least as when damaged they pollute the environment strongly with their leaking oil and petrol.
  • Right from the outset: In the basements / underground garages do place sockets as well as electrical cables at higher level, actually as high as possible.
  • Please note: The above are only principle and basic orientations. There is an abundance of structural protective measures, depending on the type of house, the location of the property and the nature of the building. Contact a specialist company for their implementation.

     

 

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