How to protect your home from flooding

There are a number of changes you can make to your home to lower flood damage. This will help reduce the time and cost of doing home repairs after flooding happens.

Types of improvements

The changes include:

  • using rugs instead of fitted carpets
  • raising the height of electrical sockets to at least 1.5m above ground floor level
  • using lime plaster instead of gypsum plaster on walls
  • fitting stainless steel, plastic or solid wood kitchens instead of chipboard ones
  • installing free-standing kitchen units that you can move
  • putting main parts of a heating or ventilation system, like a boiler, upstairs or raised well above the ground floor
  • fitting non-return valves to all drains and water inlet pipes, which only let water flow one way
  • replacing wooden window frames and doors with man-made ones like UPVC - they are easier to clean
  • installing flood resistant air bricks in place of existing vents
  • Reduce or prevent flood damage

Homeowner Flood Protection Grant

If your home has been flooded before or is in a flooding area, you might be eligible for a Homeowner Flood Protection Grant which can help homeowners make changes to their properties to make them more resistant to external flooding.

The grant can give owners some financial help to install physical barriers and equipment - like door barriers, air brick covers, non-return drainage outlets and waterproofing walls -  to reduce the impact of flooding on their homes.

Cost towards improvements

The Homeowner Flood Protection Grant pays 90 per cent of the survey and estimated installation costs up to a maximum of £9,000. The homeowner pays ten per cent (plus any additional cost above £10,000).

Depending on the size and type of your property, a homeowner might pay between £350 and £750 of the overall costs. 

How does scheme work

You need to make an up-front payment of £50 to the Rivers Agency who will appoint a building surveyor to conduct a water entry survey for those qualifying homes. Rivers Agency will recommend protection measures for your property.

An experienced contractor will install the recommended changes.  

How do I apply

If you think you are eligible for the grant scheme, more detailed information and the application pack can be found at Homeowner Flood Protection Grant Scheme

Home insurance

DO NOT start carrying out work before talking to your insurer about work that can be paid for under your home insurance policy.

Your insurer will usually pay for 'like-for-like' amendments - restoring your home to a similar state before the flood however you are likely to have to pay for any work beyond like-for-like amendments yourself. 

Get professional advice before making changes

Before you make any changes to your home,  get professional advice.

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