If you suspect subsidence in your property then you need to contact your insurance company so they can send out an engineer to inspect the problem.
The problem may not affect the full building and may be easily treated but there may be more advanced work that needs to take place to rectify the subsidence problem.
Where cracks in internal walls have occurred such as in doorways, you should ensure that there is an easy exit to the room and property if your property collapsed. This is an extreme measure but if cracks are left for a considerable period of time then this may happen.
Remember, yours and your family’s safety is the most important thing, so move yourselves and your pets upstairs, with a means of escape.
– Turn off your electricity and gas supply, if it’s safe to do so – but never touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water
– Move valuable items upstairs or to a high point in your property
– If you don’t have non-return valves fitted, plug your water inlet pipes with towels or cloths
– Disconnect any equipment that uses water, like washing machines and dishwashers
– If you think you may need to be evacuated during a flood, remember to pack spare clothing
Planning can not only reduce the chances of your buildings and contents being damaged by floods – it can also save your life.
The best way to protect yourself against flooding is by making a flood plan.
A flood plan can help you act quickly and make practical decisions in a flood. Your plan should contain contact details of useful organisations like Floodline, as well as those of your insurance and utility companies.
Download a flood plan template from the Environment Agency