Despite a drought being declared and hosepipe bans being put in place, in an ironic climatic twist communities in the South West have been disrupted by flooding caused by recent high rainfall. Businesses elsewhere in England could also face serious disruption and may lose customers if they don’t take steps to prevent flooding, warns the UK’s largest emergency plumbing and drainage company.
Drain Doctor Plumbing is urging businesses to make sure their drains are free of any blockages to ensure the potential risk of flooding is minimised. A simple CCTV drain survey can help to identify any blockages or potential problems.
Drain Doctor Plumbing’s 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.
“The Association of British Insurers predicts that coastal floods and storm damage will increase significantly over the next 50 years. Inland, more frequent heavy rainstorms and increased winter rainfall could result in more flooding from rivers.
“This spells trouble for businesses across the country which aren’t adequately prepared for the damage flooding can do.”
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