The Met Office recently announced that the risk of flooding in the UK has increased by at least 20% when compared with 20 years ago. Each time flooding occurs, we see similar scenarios of homes overrun with water and commercial properties left in ruin.
With scenes of flood damage set to become more frequent, do you have the most effective solutions to protect your own property?
In this blog we discuss the impact flooding has on properties and how concrete barriers can be used as an effective means of flood defence.
Flooding: The Facts
Floods that ravaged parts of the UK in early 2019 are estimated to have cost the UK economy £78million, with both residential properties and business premises severely affected nationwide.
Already a huge financial burden, the Government estimates that without flood defences and other flood prevention infrastructure, the cost would have been over £2billion.
In response, the Government has announced plans to make changes to insurance schemes, increasing the likelihood of financial support for property owners like you, when faced with flood damages.
Despite these efforts, experts warn that local authorities still require further resources to ensure sufficient flood defences across the country.
With this in mind, what can help protect your property against flooding, reduce the risk of damage and potentially eradicate the need to make insurance claims?
Concrete Flooding Prevention
One simple and effective flooding prevention method is to use concrete barriers. Not only are they easy to install, but they can often be placed within 24 hours. Where traditional flood barriers and in-situ walls require significant building work, concrete barriers can be placed at short notice; and time is of the essence, especially when dealing with a flash flooding situation.
Concrete barrier blocks, sometimes known as Jersey Barriers, can neatly and securely bolt together to block vulnerable access points or surround your entire property with landscape bunding to create an excellent barrier to heavy flooding.
In addition, concrete barriers are tested to extreme pressures, often withstanding vehicle impacts of up to 50mph for example. Bolted together, these impenetrable barriers are sure to withstand extreme flooding, without the risk of floating away and becoming another potential hazard to already ravaged areas.
Concrete Barriers Don’t Have To Be An Eyesore
As a landlord or property manager, you take pride in maintaining your property to a high standard. That’s why it’s important to note that concrete barriers can be customised to fit in with their surroundings, wherever they need to be placed. It’s a little-known fact that concrete barriers can be painted any colour to match their environment or even display a logo and company name.
Whether you want them to blend in, or stand out, concrete barriers will do the job and protect what’s worth protecting.
They might not be your first thought when it comes to flood prevention, but as well as a vacant property security solution, concrete blocks are a more than effective flood prevention solution.
Flooding and extreme wet weather events are set to become more frequent and severe.
This means it is likely to affect larger sections of the UK, some of which may not have suitable flood defences in place, costing potentially millions of pounds in repairs to landlords and property owners.
While the Government and Environment Agency are providing financial support and building a larger flood prevention infrastructure, this could take years to reach completion. Time property owners like you don’t have to spare.
So, if you need effective flood damage protection, that can be quickly and easily installed, concrete barriers are a perfect fit.