Flooding is a significant risk to many communities in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Flood Alleviation Schemes aim to manage, and in some cases reduce, the risk of flooding however, flood risk can never be eliminated entirely. You can learn more about Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Flood Alleviation Schemes on our dedicated page here.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of water getting into your home or business and reduce its impact in the event that water does get in.
The techniques most commonly used are Property Flood Resilience and Property Flood Resistance measures.
Property Flood Resilience
Property Flood Resilience is all about reducing the impacts of flooding, should water get inside your property. The aim is to ensure that damage is minimised, and you can get back into your home or business as quickly as possible.
Property Flood Resilience measures should be tailored to each property or business and include raising electrical sockets and fitting solid floors or tiled floor covering and taking simple steps during a flood event such as moving furniture and valuable possessions upstairs.
Property Flood Resistance
Property Flood Resistance is about reducing the risk of water getting into a property. These measures can allow you time to move possessions from ground level as well as to get people to a place of safety if a flood is expected.
Property Flood Resistance measures involve preventing or slowing the flow of water entering your propertyin the first place and they use a combination of products that range from expandable flood barriers, air brick covers, pumps, toilet bungs and non-return valves.
You can learn more about Property Flood Resilience and Resistance through the following pages:
- Blue Pages is the UK’s leading independent flood directory and has a range of information regarding property flood resilience and resistance products and services here.
- Be Flood Ready UK provides more information on Property Flood Resilience and Resistance here.
- National Flood Forum provides more advice and information on protecting your property here. The National Flood Forum also has a handy guide which introduces six steps you can take to introduce Property Flood Resilience and Resistance measures. The Guidance for Property owners can be viewed here.
Steps you can take now to reduce the risk of flooding to your property.
- Check your insurance policy - You should make sure you have adequate insurance cover to protect your property from flooding. You can learn more about Flood Insurance on our page here.
- Property protection advice tool - Visit the National Flood Forum and use their online property protection tool to check the options available. This tool will provide an initial estimate of the costs of resistance measures for different types of properties.
- The Homeowners Alliance also provides some useful ideas on how to flood proof your home which can be viewed here
- Check your flood risk – You can learn more about how to check your flood risk on our dedicated page here.
- Sign up for weather and flood warnings – You can learn more on how to sign up for weather and flood warnings on our dedicated page here.