Thu 29 Oct 2015
Rain. We seem to get our fair share in Wales and, if you believe what they say about the early arrival of the Siberian Swan, then we are due to have our longest winter in 50 years. Just as well we had such a lovely summer thenï¿½.oh.
Every year, a huge number of properties suffer from water damage every time there is a heavy downpour.
Doorways in particular are an obvious weak spot, with water able to seep through the gaps, so you may want to consider installing flood boards to help keep out any ground water. Low-level air bricks are another way for water to find its way in and are easily overlooked, so ensure that these are also adequately covered up.
Experts recommend that properties that are likely to flood use water resistant materials such as stainless steel or plastic in kitchens and bathrooms, and tiled flooring rather than carpets in the living areas.
Moving up the property, it's a good idea to make sure that your drains and guttering are all unblocked and flowing freely and, if you are unsure, test this yourself by pouring on water and seeing how quickly it drains. It is always worth having these checked annually by a professional if you can, and having a non-return valve fitted will prevent a back flow of excess water from coming up through the toilet or sink.
Also remember to take a look in your roof space during the daylight. If you can see light getting through, then the rain can too so get a roofer in to plug the gaps.
When it comes to waterproofing your property, as with most things in life, prevention is always better than a cure, and taking these simple steps early-on can help to avoid expensive repairs further down the line.
Questions? We're always happy to help! Email me atï¿½leah@moginiejames.co.uk
Leah Edmunds MARLA
Property Maintenance Manager