TrustMark Press Releases

Wintry Weather Continues - Time to Protect your Homes from Flooding

Feb 26, 2015, 08:12 AM by Georgina Watkins

As the wintry weather and high winds continue to cause disruption across many parts of the UK, the threat of flooding escalates for many homeowners.  To reduce the risk further and provide better protection for people's homes, TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality mark for tradesmen, and its scheme operator, Property Care Association (PCA), are giving timely advice on the importance of tackling water damage in homes.

Steve Hodgson, Chief Executive Officer of the PCA, said: “As a trade body, we have been saying for a number of years that ourmembers can protect properties from flood damage by adapting existing technologies and practices to deliver robust and reliable strategies to shield high risk homes and properties.  There needs to be a way that’s not just about mopping a building out easily – water needs to stop entering a building completely. 

“We strongly advise that the best way to deal with flood protection is to only use specialists who understand the subject. For too long, people without any training or experience of this type of work have been allowed to carry out repairs, with devastating economic and emotional impact. The majority of homeowners don't think twice about fitting smoke alarms into their homes so if a property is at risk of being flooded then the installation of property level flood precaution measures should also be considered in the same manner.”

Simon Ayers, Chief Executive of TrustMark, said: “We can't control the weather or stop flooding altogether, but we can urge people to protect their properties in order to reduce the risk of being flooded in the future and for flood resilience to become standard. 

“We would advise anyone who is thinking of having any work carried out on their homes to only use reputable flood protection or recovery firms they know or that have been assessed and qualified.  By employing a TrustMark PCA registered flood specialists, homeowners will have the reassurances and confidence that they are working with the best in the business.”

The Property Care Association (PCA) recently launched its Flood Protection Group, which is set to transform the way buildings work in flood situations.  The new group will provide a trusted route to find experts who can provide systems and products to protect against water damage – in both new build and refurbishment environments.

To find your nearest TrustMark PCA flood recovery specialist, visit www.trustmark.org.uk.  For further information about the PCA, visitwww.property-care.org 

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Issued on behalf of TrustMark - For further information, please contact: Georgina Watkins, Tel: 07595 158460, Email: gwatkins@trustmark.org.uk