How to source and fund flood protection products and services.
Where to buy flood protection products
The National Flood Forum has an independent directory of flood protection products and service providers.
The Flood Protection Association is the industry association for flood protection suppliers and service providers.
Before buying a flood product check it has been tested to industry standards and it is up to the job. It should display the Kitemark symbol or equivalent accreditation if it has been tested properly.
Get professional advice on flood protection products
Seek professional advice from a building surveyor, architect or other independent professional if you are considering flood protection solutions for your property.
There is no formal assurance scheme for flood surveyors, but the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Institute of British Architects hold lists of members who have undergone internal vetting and adhere to a common code of conduct:
There is no guarantee that any flood protection system will work and the Environment Agency does not endorse a particular product or supplier. If you buy a flood protection product, you are responsible for ensuring it is appropriate for your property, fit for purpose and correctly fitted.
Flood products may make flood water outside the protected area more dangerous by making it flow faster. If flood water overwhelms a barrier, it may have a more catastrophic effect than if the area had flooded gradually. Check with your local Environment Agency office if you plan to take measures which could affect the flow of a river or divert flood water to other properties. Call us on 03708 506 506 and ask to speak to someone in the Partnerships and Strategic Overview team in your local area.
If you live in a historic building read the advice from English Heritage.
How much will flood protection cost?
According to the Association of British Insurers protecting your property against shallow flash floods could cost between £2,000 and £6,000. To keep water out during periods of prolonged flooding will take bigger changes and could cost between £20,000 and £40,000.
If you are at high risk of flooding, you can get information on any funding available for property level flood protection schemes from the Partnerships and Strategic Overview Team at your local Environment Agency office, or your local council.
Ask your mortgage company whether your mortgage can be extended to cover the cost of making your property more flood proof.