Ratedpeople.com Highlights Simple Steps to Limit Flood Damage

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Ratedpeople.com, the UK's biggest matching service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen, has highlighted a number of effective ways for home owners to protect their homes from potential flood damage.

We would recommend that any home owners who are worried about potential flood problems consult a qualified tradesman, who can provide expert advice on the best ways of protecting their property from water damage.

Ratedpeople.com, the UK's biggest matching service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen, has highlighted a number of effective ways for home owners to protect their homes from potential flood damage.

With the government having recently announced that over 500 properties are to receive home improvements as part of a £2.6 million package to protect homes susceptible to flooding from high water levels, Ratedpeople.com has indicated that there are a number of precautions and improvements that home owners can implement in order to significantly reduce the risk and extent of damage that may be caused through flooding.

The use of plumbing equipment such as backflow valves and basement pumps are both highly valuable investments to those homes located near to flood spots. Backflow valves will prevent water from entering a property through drainage channels by being forced in the wrong direction, and basement pumps ensure that if a large quantity of water finds its way into any underground spaces of a home, it is quickly pumped out again.

The use of water resistant skirting boards and door guards will also significantly reduce the chance of water coming in through the ground floor of a property, as will the use of tiled flooring rather than carpets. This can also reduce any costs if it comes to floor repair or replacement, as carpets can be more expensive in comparison. Money can also be saved by ensuring that any electronic equipment such as TV's or CD players are held at points above ground level, on shelves or brackets.

Andrew Skipwith, Founder and CEO of Ratedpeople.com, said: "The money that the government is providing to those homes that are more susceptible to flooding will provide huge benefit, as rising water levels continue to become more of a problem. However, there are many cost effective ways that home owners can achieve peace of mind and protect their property from floods of their own accord.

"We would recommend that any home owners who are worried about potential flood problems consult a qualified tradesman, who can provide expert advice on the best ways of protecting their property from water damage."

Ratedpeople.com helps home improvers find recommended tradesmen quickly and easily. You can choose from 24 different trades and find tradesmen such as local builders,local plumbers or a registered electrician.

Every month, Ratedpeople.com manages over £30m in home improvement projects and more than 1,000 tradesmen sign up, making it the UK's largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen. There are more than 55,000 ratings on Ratedpeople.com to date and its system ensures that tradesmen are only rated by previous customers who find them through the site. This results in one of the fairest and most robust rating systems on the web.

For further information on how to source a recommended tradesman in your area, visit Ratedpeople.com.

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