Worried about flooding? Here’s our guide to staying afloat

Are your most valuable belongings correctly insured? 

Are you correctly insured?
Are you correctly insured?

Flooding and adverse weather have affected much of the UK in recent years, submerging homes and devastating towns and villages along the way.

Although weather warnings give a heads-up when heavy rainfall is expected, they cannot prepare you for the aftermath.

If you are hit by flooding and your property is damaged, flood insurance will compensate damage costs and ensure that you aren’t left out of pocket. Flood insurance is available in all shapes and sizes, so don’t let the cheapest deal lure you in; speak to a professional insurance broker for expert opinion and guidance.

Another thing you can do if you’re at risk of flooding – as recommended by the Environment Agency – is create a ‘response plan’. By taking precautionary measures and following simple best practices you’ll not only save money and time, you’ll protect your home’s contents too.

When taking out flood insurance the key thing to remember is risk; which specific areas of your property are at risk, how location could be a factor, and how quickly you could recover if the worst did happen.

You can take every precaution to limit the damage caused by floodwater, but it’s important to never assume that you’re completely flood-proof. Almost 8,000 residential properties were affected by floods in 2012 and the Environment Agency issued a record 1,000 flood warnings throughout November and December. The AA responded to more than 8,000 calls from motorists, six times higher than in 2011, and 16 times more in the south-west. The cost of the clean-up is in billions.

If your residential property is close to estuaries, riverbanks or sewers, it will be extremely vulnerable to high groundwater levels and you may therefore need certain terms including in your policy.

For more information on protecting your home from flooding, and to find out more about the types of cover we provide, contact us today on 01737 373222 and an experienced advisor will assist you with all you insurance needs. For information on other products we provide please visit http://www.cisl.co

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Worried about flooding? Here’s our guide to staying afloat

Severe weather warning!

Violent storm/storm force winds will affect the UK, between the evening of Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th January. Heavy rain will also affect western Britain, particularly western Scotland.

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Preparing for high winds

Your brolly’s inside out, you’re leaning into the wind to walk but getting nowhere while rain lashes, sticking your clothes to your body. That’s stormy weather for you.

A broken brolly’s not the end of the world and clothes dry out, but when winds are strong enough to damage your home it’s often a bit late, let alone dangerous to start climbing a ladder to do that repair to the garage roof you’ve been meaning to tackle for ages.

So before the wind really starts to blow, it makes sense to do some quick checks around your property to help prevent storm damage. It’s worth bearing in mind that insurance won’t cover you for damage that’s down to poor maintenance.

The first place to start is to have a look at the roof – call in a professional for them to check if there are any tiles missing or loose.  If you have a low roof you could check yourself or ask a friend to. Pay particular attention to garage, sheds and flat roofs. Wear and tear to these roofs may mean that they have become weakened and will be unable to support additional weight from snow, ice and broken branches.

Secondly, make sure your gutters, gullies and drains are clear; this will allow heavy rainfall and melted ice to pass through quickly and effectively. If drainpipes and gutters aren’t cleaned, water can become trapped in the cold weather and cause these to crack and burst. Before the wind gets going, you should also have a look around your property for any overhanging tree branches and loose debris that could damage your home in strong winds. Tree branches can be cut back and loose furniture can be stored inside.

Storms can vary in their severity, so it is important to always err on the side of caution and take any steps possible to reduce the damage caused to your property and vehicle. The Met Office has reported that gale winds are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK. In 2007, Hurricane Kyrill in the UK featured winds at speeds of over 80mph. Strong winds do occur in the UK, so it’s also worth bearing in mind the following top tips on how you can protect your home for more serious storms.

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Be ready for the storm

If you have been warned or believe that a serious storm is en route…

  • Ensure any debris is removed from outside and that any loose items are secured or stored inside.
  • Make sure that all windows and doors are shut, and locked where possible.
  • Secure your car in a garage (if possible), but at the very least park it away from any objects including trees that may fall and damage it.
  • Organise where your family and any pets will be during the expected storm time, to ensure everyone is safe.
  • Storms can result in power cuts, so make a storm kit which includes torches, necessary medication, food, water and blankets etc.

Once the dust has settled

Depending on the severity of the winds, the post-storm clean-up can vary from small repairs to much bigger ones.

  • Avoid standing near walls, buildings and trees that may be prone to collapse following the storm.
  • Be aware of any loose electrical wires and cables that may have been damaged. Leave these for a professional to fix.
  • Contact your insurance company immediately if you think you need to make a claim.

Whether this year brings light winds or harsh gales, it’s good to prepare your home in advance. This includes making sure that you have the contact details for those you can contact in an emergency, such as electricians, plumbers, roofers, your insurer’s claim helpline and your brokers details.

www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/advice/storm.html

If you have any questions regarding your own insurance policy which we arrange for you, then please telephone 01737 373222 or email info@cisl.co

Severe weather warning!

Worried about flooding? Here’s our guide to keeping your business afloat

Is your business or commercial property at risk?

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Flooding and adverse weather have affected much of the UK in the early months of 2014, submerging businesses and devastating towns and villages along the way.

Although weather warnings give a heads-up when heavy rainfall is expected, they cannot prepare you for the aftermath.

If you are hit by flooding and your commercial property is damaged, flood insurance will compensate damage costs and ensure that you aren’t left out of pocket. Flood insurance is available in all shapes and sizes, so don’t let the cheapest deal lure you in; speak to a professional insurance broker for expert opinion and guidance.

Another thing you can do if you’re at risk of flooding – as recommended by the Environment Agency – is create a ‘response plan’. By taking precautionary measures and following simple best practices you’ll not only save money and time, you’ll protect stock and equipment too.

When taking out flood insurance the key thing to remember is risk; which specific areas of your business are at risk, how location could be a factor, and how quickly you could recover if the worst did happen.

You can take every precaution to limit the damage caused by floodwater, but it’s important to never assume that you’re completely flood-proof. Almost 8,000 residential properties were affected by floods in 2012 and the Environment Agency issued a record 1,000 flood warnings throughout November and December. In those two months, entire regions were cut off, first by rail and then by road. The AA responded to more than 8,000 calls from motorists, six times higher than in 2011, and 16 times more in the south-west. The cost of the clean-up is in billions.

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Commercial properties that are close to estuaries, riverbanks or sewers, are extremely vulnerable to high groundwater levels and may therefore require a specific type of flood insurance. If your business has been affected in the past, business interruption insurance could be the best option for you. More often than not, this type of cover is the difference between a business staying afloat or going under, given that even small businesses can expect to make a claim of £40,000-£80,000 for flood damage.

For more information on protecting your business from flooding, and to find out more about the types of cover we provide, contact us on 01737 373222 or visit http://www.cisl.co

Worried about flooding? Here’s our guide to keeping your business afloat