14 Feb

Landlords should check flood damage

Landlords should check flood damage

The current bad weather may be causing unknown damage to property, claims the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Landlords, letting agents and home owners are being reminded that flooding damage may not be immediately evident so they need to double-check to avoid long-term problems.

Chartered building surveyor Roy Ilott explained the recent increase in rainfall has led to a rise in river and groundwater levels across the UK.

Aside from the initial and obvious damage caused to property by the increased water, Mr Ilott warned there could be hidden problems as a result of flooding.

"It should be noted that water can have an effect which may not manifest itself to the electrical cables and fittings for several months or until the corrosion has started to affect the contact points. Moisture can be in buried ducts for many months before damage is really apparent," he added.

More rain is forecast for the coming days and there remain a number of flood warnings in place across the country. There have also been widespread power cuts and disruption to telephone services as Britain continues to battle the wet conditions.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801693589-ADNFCR

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