Dealing with flood can be difficult
Over the last couple of weeks, the UK has been battered by the sort of rainfall that saw June crowned as the wettest in history, with many areas of the country being so adversely affected that there were flash floods, causing damage to UK property in some places.
However, with there being no promise from the Met Office that the forecast is set to change to a full-time summer anytime soon, one insurer has given British owners of properties for sale advice on the best way to make sure that they are protecting their house from damage and loss in these events.
Zurich has said that there are many steps that people can take to make sure that their possessions and the building itself are well protected from flood waters both inside and out.
It said that the first thing residents should always do is to make sure that they turn off all gas and electricity supplies in the home as soon as they possibly can, before they then take the chance to move as many possessions as they can towards the upper floor of the house to minimise damage.
The insurer also recommended tying down any furniture to make sure that it does not get swept away by the floodwaters and risk being lost forever or damaging other areas of the home.
In terms of outside of the house, Zurich said that it should be the case that cars are moved away from danger, as well as making sure that everything is locked if leaving to ensure that the home is secured to stop anyone from entering when they are unwanted.
However, it also went on to add that it has not seen a particularly high level of claims in spite of the rain fall.
Jon Cawley, Zurich UK property claims director, said: "Zurich has not yet seen a significant increase in claims volumes. However, we understand the damage and upheaval caused by flooding and are fully prepared to help our customers should the bad weather look set to continue.
"We have been monitoring the weather conditions over the past few days in preparation, and will continue to do so as the rain looks set to persist."
Posted at 05:01 09/07/2012