Sewer flooding is most likely to occur during storms, when extreme volumes of rainwater enter the sewers.
Our changing climate has resulted in more frequent and unexpected localised flooding across the UK, leading to some drainage networks being unable to cope with these high levels of rain water. With vital infrastructures frequently under increased demand, this has resulted in water having nowhere to drain, resulting in waste being pushed back up through the pipes into properties.
Many people are not aware how dangerous flood water can be, carrying infectious organisms and bacteria which can cause a number of unwanted diseases. Sewage flood water contains all of the above plus further risk of infections due to faecal exposure.
The results of sewage flooding can be devastating, furniture is often irreparable and restoration costs are high due to the sanitising which must be done, as well as the stress and strain on the victims, caused by long periods away from their property.
While flooding of any sort is upsetting for home and business owners, there are simple and effective methods of protection against sewer flooding and these are a small investment against what could be a costly clean-up.
You can watch a short animation video of sewer flooding from the Environment Agency here.
If you’re at risk of any type of flooding, UKFB can help. Contact us for more information.