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Keep drains clear to help mitigate flooding

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.

With all the rain around it’s time to make sure you keep your drains clear and blockage free.

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.

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Flooding despite the drought

A CCTV inspection of the drain will show the nature and location of the problem.

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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Drain Doctor issues winter flood warning

A CCTV inspection of the drain will show the nature and location of the problem.

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.

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