The ferocious UK weather is currently making history with flooding causing untold misery to the lives of thousands. For those working in the farming industry, the impact of such damage is immeasurable. With insurance falling short and no compensation offered, farmers find themselves liable for ruined crops, property repairs and the cost of protecting their animals.
In light of such costs, it is becoming even more apparent that the key to protecting agricultural livelihoods against flooding is to take action in advance. Considering clever, short-term steps (such as the maintenance of existing farm buildings, introducing protective devices and upgrading to durable materials) can help you ensure you are protected no matter what happens in the long-term. Below, we examine some of the ways to help ensure your farm building is better shielded against flooding.
Safety is paramount in the event of a flooding emergency. It is vital that you know exactly where the power switches are for the electricity, gas and water. Be sure to raise electrical components above the projected flood level, use heavy plastic to seal off points vulnerable to contamination (such as a well) and ensure fuel tanks are stabilised. It is also a good idea to designate evacuation routes and share these with your family and workers so you are ready to leave at a moment’s notice. It is also worth creating a pile of emergency building materials, making a list of your inventory and checking the adequacy of your existing insurance well in advance of expected flooding.
The Importance of Quality Farm Buildings
The importance of making your farm buildings from flood-proof materials cannot be underestimated. As flooded buildings are susceptible to shifting as well as damage, choosing experts like Graham Heath Construction to help you construct and re-enforce your existing buildings can help take a weight off your mind.
Materials like steel are fast becoming the top choice for agricultural constructs. Whilst the initial outlay for updating your buildings is a necessary expense, updating your construction materials can prove to be the most cost-effective preventative step a farmer can take to protect his farm from flooding. Unlikely to distort and requiring little maintenance, because steel is secured with bolts and screws it is much more solid in the event of shifting and doesn’t support the growth of mould and other destructive organisms. Easy to install, durable, non-toxic and resistant to moisture, buildings made from the correct materials can save a very stressful and costly clean-up operation after a flood.