Older properties are harder to protect from flood water. You may have to accept that water will inevitably get in and therefore it would be worth considering resilience measures in the home.

It is a good idea to avoid modern gypsum plaster, fitted carpets, tanking and water-repellent solutions. Alternatives would be breathable plaster, such as lime, tiled floors and rugs.

If you have a listed building, before choosing any product to use on your property you will need to get approval from your local conservation officer. They are usually based in the council.

Generally, when dealing with old properties, you should consider the aesthetics of the build. For example, would you want to replace an original period door with a plastic flood door? It may be that a flood board is more appropriate.

Old buildings should be dried gently.

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Other sources of advice are Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) or English Heritage and Historic England.

Check out this guide on Flooding and Historic Buildings.

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