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Even low-level flooding is a nightmare for home owners

30 January 2023

Low level flooding can be caused by a number of events such as heavy rainfall, overflowing rivers or streams. The severity of the damage can vary depending on the amount of water that enters the home and the duration of the flooding, but even a low level flood can cause considerable damage and disruption and cost a lot to remedy.

Even flooding to a depth of 200 mm (8 inches or just over the skirting board) is sufficient to cause serious damage. All of the carpets would be ruined and the contents and structure of cupboards would be destroyed, as well as plastered walls, requiring stripping out and replacing all of the carpets and cupboards, and re-plastering all ground floor rooms.

In addition to structural damage, low level flooding can also cause damage to the electrical and plumbing systems of a home. Floodwater can short out electrical systems, causing power outages and the risk of electrocution. Floodwater can also contaminate the water supply, which can cause health problems and require costly repairs.

Flooding can also lead to mould growth, which can cause respiratory problems and other health issues. Mould can grow quickly and can be difficult to remove, which makes it important to identify and dry out any flooded areas as soon as possible.

Furthermore, low level flooding can also cause a significant emotional stress for homeowners, who  may have to deal with the loss of personal belongings with a high financial or emotional value, moving out of their homes, finding somewhere new to live and the uncertainty of when they can return. Financially, homeowners may have to pay for costly repairs and may be unable to live in their homes while the repairs are being made. Insurance coverage also may not fully cover the cost of repairs or replacement of damaged personal property.  Finding a company to make the repairs, getting the quote agreed by an insurer and then scheduling the work can all take a long time if there are many other properties all trying to organise repairs at the same time, and this brings additional uncertainty and stress.

Overall, low level flooding can have a significant impact on domestic properties and can cause physical, emotional, and financial hardship for homeowners.

The new Floodmatik automatic barrier can prevent these problems, offering automatic protection against flood water up to a height of 750mm (approximately two and a half feet or mid-thigh for an average height male if you prefer) and provides complete peace of mind for the home owner as it requires no manual intervention or power and is therefore ready to protect the property 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  You can find out more about how Floodmatik protects residential properties or contact us for more information.