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Businesses across the country have received a New Year flood warning from the UK’s largest emergency plumbing and drainage company.

Companies could face massive disruption during January if they don’t take steps to prevent flooding.

Peterborough-based Drain Doctor Plumbing is urging businesses to make sure drains are free of blockages.

This will help to minimise the risk of flooding as we head into the month which the Meteorological Office says usually combines the highest rainfall of the year with the lowest temperatures.

A thaw after heavy snowfall, if combined with rain which helps to melt the ice, can lead to huge amounts of water being released into drains.


The Meteorological Office UK forecast for the first half of January 2009 is for temperatures even lower than average with sleet and snow following a dry start to the month.

According to figures from the Association of British Insurers, more than 35,000 UK businesses were hit by flooding in 2007 and total flooding claims with insurers for households and businesses exceeded £3 billion. However, a simple CCTV drain survey can help to identify any blockages or potential problems.

Drain Doctor Plumbing chairman Freddie Mitman said: “Many people think flooding is something that won’t happen to them but the risk is there. Being unprepared simply means the chance of an incident increases.

“Although insurance policies can cover damage to property, damage to businesses in terms of lost working hours and even lost clients is often not covered. This is why it is vitally important for businesses to take the time now to make sure their drains are clear of any blockages and are in good working order.”

As well as a CCTV drain survey, there are a number of other measures businesses can take to protect their property. This includes taking advice from a specialist flood surveyor, fitting water resistant doors and window frames or speaking with specialist organisations such as the Environment Agency or the Flood Protection Association.

Drain Doctor Plumbing can be contacted on 0800 358 68 98 or at www.draindoctor.co.uk  

December 2008 - Peterborough UK Community Website

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