We blogged previously about how the floods have affected many people across the country and how you can salvage your kitchen after it has been water damaged.
This time we want to look at ways in which a new kitchen can really help rejuvenate your home after a flood and also how you can help to prevent significant damage. Even though flooding can come on seemingly without warning there are things you can do to limit potential damage.
At the Kitchen Warehouse LTD we know many of our clients have been affected. We are more than just a business that wants to sell products – we care about our customers.
This is why we have compiled a short guide to protecting your new kitchen.
The last thing you want when you have just spent a lot of money on kitchen cabinets, new flooring and even kitchen appliances is for them to become damage beyond repair due to water intrusion.
Keeping Up To Date
As we know flooding can come on almost without warning.
That being said, it is a good idea to contact your local authority to get advise on risk and establish what potential there is for your home being flooded.
Even though some houses suffer water damage in areas where the risk is quite low getting expert advice on your location, drainage situation and other environmental factors can really help you prepare for a flood.
Also, sign up to the Environment Agency twitter alerts (@EnvAgency) to get up to date information on potential floods. This will give you breaking news regarding flooding and heavy rainfall so that you have enough time to prepare for any eventual water intrusion.
Protecting Your New Kitchen
The most effective way of reducing damage done to your kitchen by a flood is to take preventative measures.
Even if you are in an area that only has a slight flood risk it is not worth taking the chance. Improving the defences against water intrusion in your kitchen is a much more sensible strategy than having to pay for a completely new kitchen should it be damaged beyond repair.
Flood guards and barriers are a very effective method of reducing the chances of water coming into your kitchen. These can be fitted to the external doors in your home and create a reliable way to prevent water intrusion. Sealing drainage pipe surrounds and flood-proof airbricks (or at least covering them) will also work well.
Water tolerant plasterboard that is 1 metre about floor level for existing homes or from top to bottom for new builds is another effective method of limiting water damage.
Protecting Your Kitchen Cabinets
The kitchen cabinets in your new kitchen can become damage very easily if there is significant water damage.
Even though our kitchen cabinets are highly durable and will withstand the every day rigour of the kitchen with ease it is a different story if your kitchen is flooded.
MDF kitchen cabinets for instance can warp if they are exposed to a significant water level and the best kitchen cabinets to use that do provide decent water resistance are stainless steel or solid wood.
If there are flood warnings and a very real risk of your home being damaged then it is best to remove the kitchen cabinet doors in your new kitchen to take them away from a potentially affect area. You can also raise your cabinets to limit water damage but for the doors themselves then simply taking them off their hinges and storing them upstairs will keep them in top condition.
How We Can Help You
Your new kitchen is something that you should take great pride in however if you live in a flood affected area then you need to take necessary steps to protect it.
We have seen first hand in Yorkshire how the recent flooding has affected so many people. Many homeowners have found their kitchen either partially or completely submerged in water and it can be very hard to get it back to its former state without investing in a new kitchen. Even a small amount of water can have drastic consequences.
We care about our clients and we know how many people are suffering at this time.
This is why we have created a discount code – Flood5 – that will give you a 5% discount on all our website prices if you need to buy replacement kitchen doors for example or even a new kitchen completely.
The thing that sets us apart from everyone else is not only our great prices as we are able to cut out the middle man when it comes to selling kitchen products but also that we want what is best for you. We don’t want to simply sell you a new kitchen, we want to work with you to see what it is that you need and what you can afford.
If your home has been affected by the floods and you want some expert advice on how to replace either parts of your kitchen or the whole room entirely then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
We’ll be happy to hear from you.