Flooding has long been a problem for UK homes and businesses, thanks to our island location and our healthy dose of annual rainfall. Wet weather is part of the Great British psyche, but it is also a cause for concern, with some regions facing floods too often.
It is not that you need a tsunami-sized wave or a deluge of biblical proportions to have a worrisome flood. Even the smallest flood can cause great inconvenience and financial, as well as material, loss for those affected.
Your home could be rendered uninhabitable when a small bathroom flood leaks into the electrics, or your business could lose valuable merchandise thanks to a leaky roof and a rainy weekend. Whatever the cause, and whatever the scale, a flood can have a significant impact on your life and livelihood.
Here at relkogroup.com, we know that the aftermath of a flood, whatever its size, is a tense time where you want to get back on your feet as quickly as possible. That is why we pride ourselves on our knowledge and experience, as well as our ability to deliver excellent flood restoration services to homes and businesses in the Birmingham area.
Before you come to us for our restoration services though, you might want to understand flooding a little better; after all, it is better to know your enemy, so you can anticipate and prepare for the worst case scenario.
To give you some insight on the types of flooding you can expect in the Midlands and across the UK, we have listed the top three reasons for springtime floods, below.
With the exception of a few rogue winters in recent years, the UK rarely suffers major deep freezes. Unlike many other parts of the world, specifically across Europe and America, the UK escapes big arctic freezes and extended periods of intense cold and heavy snowfall.
That said, we do see our fair share of sub-zero temperatures, and some regions get fairly regular sprinklings of snow. Though, for the most part, this is nothing to worry about, if you are caught in a bout of heavy snowfall and ice, you will likely have to brace yourself for the thaw, come spring.
Spring really is crunch time for some UK regions in that it follows winter, so the ground stays frozen when the April showers arrive, and the rainfall stays on the surface. Add to this the volume of snow and ice melting, overflowing into rivers and lakes, and you could face serious floods.
Heavy Rains and Storms
Spring means April showers (often arriving as early as March!) and the potential for some strong tail-end-of-winter storms. Though heavy rain can be a problem all through the year in the UK, which is renowned for its sogginess, the spring is always a season that calls for people to stay alert.
Often, the ground is either still frozen or over-saturated from winter snow, ice and rain, meaning new rainfall cannot penetrate the ground. This means that all those April showers stay on the surface or run into rivers, which could burst their banks.
Such a build-up of water, as well as the risk of flash flooding and overflowing bodies of water in densely populated areas, can pose a serious threat to homes and businesses alike.
Property Developments and Non-Weather Related Incidents
We usually associate floods with natural causes, specifically bad weather, such as torrential rain and heavy snowfall thawing. However, for the majority of homes and businesses, there is a far greater threat posed by non-weather-related floods.
It might be a burst pipe that floods the kitchen, a bath that is left to overflow and flood the bathroom or a burst water main flooding the street unexpectedly; there are 101 different ways for non-weather-related incidents to cause flooding in your property.
Another risk comes from the nature of built up areas, like business and housing estates, which forfeit permeable natural surfaces for hard surfaces like concrete and cement, leading to a build-up of surface water and subsequent flooding.
Of course, these are just three causes of springtime floods in the UK. Depending where you are in the country and what your specific conditions are, you may experience an entirely different type of flood, or you may never experience one at all.
The important thing is to be alert, aware, and prepared, especially in the rainier seasons. So make sure you keep an eye on the weather this year and anticipate the different possible outcomes. Whilst the majority will go unscathed, it is always better to be safe than sorry and don’t forget, if ever you need help with flood clean-up and restoration, get in touch with Relko.