As this story from Gloucestershire highlights, with all the heavy rain and flooding at the start of autumn – and more on the way – it’s more important than ever to keep drains clear so that surface water can flow as efficiently as possible.
There are plenty of other horror stories around as flooding continues to affect the North East of England and Scotland as well. In some areas a month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours. With that volume of rainwater even the clearest drains have been struggling to cope.
Drain Doctor Plumbing is urging businesses to make sure their drains are free of any blockages from such things as fallen leaves to ensure the potential risk of flooding is minimised. A simple CCTV drain survey can help to identify any blockages or potential problems. Even a visual inspection of gutters and downpipes will help.
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 household budgets and businesses in terms of lost working hours 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.
According to the Environment Agency over 5 million people in England and Wales live in properties that are at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea. Add to this the risk of surface water, sewer and groundwater flooding and the potential for disruption becomes massive in periods of severe wet weather such as we are experiencing at the moment.
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 seasonal rainfall could see flooding from rivers become commonplace.
This spells trouble for communities across the country which are not adequately prepared for the damage that flooding can cause.
Let Drain Doctor help you to get your drains clear, and as fast running as they can be, before potential trouble arrives.
- Drain Doctor Plumbing – 0800 3357 999.
- Month of rain set to fall in a day – Confused.com (confused.com)
- Floods hit 300 homes in north England (guardian.co.uk)
- Floods cause chaos as Britain gets 3 inches of rain and 70mph gales in one day (express.co.uk)
- Weather: floods warning as rain sweeps across Britain (guardian.co.uk)
- Car submerged in Gloucestershire flooding (itv.com)