Following flooding in Cornwall – which saw severe local flooding, caused by ten day’s rain falling in just one hour – Drain Doctor is warning businesses and homeowners in other parts of the country that they too could face massive disruption over the winter months if they don’t take steps to prevent flooding.
Drain Doctor Plumbing is urging people to ensure that drains are free of blockages. This will help to minimise the risk of flooding as we head into the winter which the Meteorological Office says combines the highest rainfall of the year with the lowest temperatures. A thaw after heavy snowfall, if combined with rain which helps to melt the ice, can lead to huge amounts of water being released into drains.
According to figures from the Association of British Insurers, there are more than two million homes at risk from coastal or inland flooding – 10 per cent of all homes in the UK – and around 400,000 homes at very high risk of flooding. However, a simple CCTV drain survey can help to identify any blockages or potential problems.
Drain Doctor Plumbing chairman Freddie Mitman said: “Many people think flooding is something that won’t happen to them but the risk is there. Being unprepared simply means the chance of an incident increases.
“Although insurance policies can cover damage to property, damage to businesses in terms of lost working hours and even lost clients is often not covered. This is why it is vitally important for businesses to take the time now to make sure their drains are clear of any blockages and are in good working order.”
As well as a CCTV drain survey, there are a number of other measures businesses can take to protect their property. This includes taking advice from a specialist flood surveyor, fitting water resistant doors and window frames or speaking with specialist organisations such as the Environment Agency or the Flood Protection Association.
Drain Doctor Plumbing can be contacted on 0800 70 71 72.