During Autumn and Winter we often experience a large amount of rainfall around Warrington and Cheshire. Dark nights roll in and it’s easy for drains to become backed up, leaving water with nowhere to go. Experiencing a flood at your property can be devastating. However, it isn’t impossible to restore.
Here at Rainbow International Warrington our blog this week looks into the process of restoring your property after a flood.
Floods and the UK
For many in Cheshire and around the North West of England, flooding isn’t uncommon. We’re all used to roads becoming blocked and rivers bursting their banks. There are several different types of flood that can affect us in the UK and these are:
- Surface Water
Overall, 1 in 6 homes in England are at risk of flooding. Alongside this, you are more likely to experience a flood at your property than be burgled. As well as causing damage to properties, a flood can risk peoples’ lives and also impact on their mental health. Preparing for flooding and understanding what to do if your property or business has been flooded can make all the difference, saving valuable money and protecting you.
What Causes Flooding?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that cause a flood to happen. Those who live near a water source like a river or coastline are far more at risk. However, there are different factors that impact how water will react. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Heavy and persistent rainfall
- Melting of snow
- Dry soil
- Landscape (slopes etc)
- Rock that is impermeable
- Poor drainage systems
- Wet or saturated soils
It can also depend on where you live. Urban areas such as cities and towns often have materials that are impermeable, meaning that water can’t get through. This forces excess moisture to find somewhere else to go, which could be your property. On top of this. the removal of trees can stop water from being intercepted and cause a rise in run-off.
Importance of Cleaning Up
Once water levels have receded, it’s time to assess the damage. For many it can be shocking to see what state a building has been left in. Although, there are plenty of places where you can find advice and guidance.
It’s important that if you are making an insurance claim you remember to take photographs and videos of the damage. This way you have visual evidence of what damage has been caused. You should always check with them to find out what they need before starting any restoration work.
Using a professional team to help clean and sanitise your home or business is often the best approach. They will know exactly what to do and have access to modern equipment and cleaners. Water can carry many things such as disease, dirt and grime, so it’s important to handle any clean up carefully.
Flood Restoration Around Cheshire
According to research, there are several places in the UK that are more likely than others to experience flooding in the future. Several places alongside the River Mersey are listed as a high risk, including Hoylake, Wallasey, Birkenhead, Ellesmere Port, Frodham, Runcorn, Widnes, Warrington, Lymm, Northwich and Irlam.
To find out more about the long term flood risk in your area, view the Flood Warning Information Service’s map here.
Restore Your Property Today
There are plenty of services out there which you can access to help you in the event of flood damage. At Rainbow International Warrington we work across the whole Cheshire area to ensure your building is clean and safe to be in. We work with commercial, domestic and industrial clients, ensuring that we are always on hand to help.
It may also be worth looking at the Flood Warning Information Service website run by the Government. This has a lot of details on it, covering anything from how to contact your insurance company to places where you can seek emotional support.
For more details about how we can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us today.