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Are you flood ready? Our guide for December

Thoughts turn to Christmas, family and celebrations. But for many of us, this isn’t a time of happy memories.

This Christmas time will mark the second anniversary of storm Desmond, Eva, Frank and Gertrude; where the North West saw record rainfall on already saturated ground. These storms, some only days apart, brought widespread flooding across the north. The sight of Christmas decorations thrown over skips alongside furniture and carpets are a stark reminder that a flood can happen at any time, regardless of our plans.


At such a busy time of year, it’s easy to put flood mitigation at the bottom of the ‘to do’ list. But we’re urging you not to be caught out this winter!

Sign up for Environment Agency Flood Warnings

Are you signed up to the EA flood alerts to ensure you’re notified of a potential flood threat through the holiday season? This can be easily done by clicking here.


Know How To Protect Your Property

Flood water can enter into your property through many different ways but most houses can be adapted to stop flood water from coming in. Do you know what products are available to protect your property from flood water? Flood mitigation products can be categorised into two areas:

  • Passive protection (products that work automatically, with the power of the water, without human intervention to deploy) includes flood doors, anti-flood airbricks, sump and pumps and non-return valves.
  • Reactive protection (products that need to be deployed if a flood threat is imminent) includes barriers for doorways and low lying windows, airbrick covers, portable pumps, toilet/pipe bungs and pan seals.

To find out more about these products, click here to check out our interactive house, where you can click through each product type. 


For further advice and to speak to one of our friendly team for general guidance on property level protection, then please call Freephone 0800 970 3950 or email

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