As many as one on six properties in England and Wales are at risk of flooding. Climate change is likely to increase the problem over coming years, so Government and local authorities are having to consider what steps to take. Unfortunately, of course, limited budgets and competing demands for resources may limit improvements in flood defences.
Surface water flooding happens for a number of reasons. Periods of heavy rainfall can result in saturation of soil and drainage systems simply not being able to cope with volumes. Rivers burst their banks in extreme situations. Melting snow in winter can also cause surface flooding.
Before purchasing a new home or other property it’s advisable to check available data on the risk of local flooding. The Environment Agency’s flood map for England and Wales is a good place to start. If a property is close to a river which bursts its banks every few years there’s a strong probability it will happen again. Historical and geographical can highlight some of the risks, but they don’t tell the full story. Commissioning a property-level flood risk survey is the most effective way to understand all of the factors influencing the probability of water damage and the impact it could have.
Hiring a flood damage survey aerial photographer can be a very worthwhile investment. Flooding can’t always be prevented, but it’s good to understand the risks and consider what can be done to manage and reduce likely damage. An aerial drone photographer can produce images and data for analysis by surveyors, risk assessors and other experts. The Environment Agency provide industry standard flood risk report templates for chartered surveyors and civil engineers to use. Depending on the size and type of property, a flood damage aerial photographer’s data can reveal things which may not be visible from the ground.
If the worst happens and your property suffers from an ingress of water, a flood damage aerial photographer can help you to prepare an insurance claim. Loss adjusters are often stretched when major incidents like floods occur, so it can help move things forwards more quickly if you capture and supply evidence of damage yourself.
An aerial view is ideal for assessing how much of a property is affected and how quickly water will seep away.
To enquire about drone flood surveys search the Drone Safe Register database HERE