Government’s Flood Damage Repair and Renew Grants – Flood Defence Industry Urges Caution
As the Government announces details of its Repair and Renew grant scheme aimed at households and business that experienced flooding in the recent winter storms, the CEO of the UK’s leading flood defence company is urging Local Authorities, businesses and householders to exercise caution when selecting both products and installers to protect properties.
Frank Kelly, CEO of UK Flood Barriers commented:
“With Government grants of up to £5,000 on the table, the opportunity for unscrupulous businesses to set up overnight and operate using sub- standard products and unqualified installers is a major industry concern.
There are a number of well-established and highly professional flood mitigation companies operating across the country and there is concern that the image of the industry could be irreparably tarnished if the issue of ‘rogue trading’ is not nipped in the bud”
As one of the industry’s recognised authorities with over 20 years’ experience in construction and flood mitigation, Kelly urges homeowners, businesses and local authorities alike to adopt a simple ‘checklist’ approach when considering potential flood resistance and or/resilience products and installers. Just because they feature on a recognised ‘flood directory’ does not automatically mean they will be suitably qualified for the job.
He’s confident that asking a few simple questions upfront before any products are purchased or agreements made could help minimise any potential inconvenience and unnecessary expense in the future. A few fundamental questions he suggests can be found at www.repairandrenewgrant.co.uk and should be considered include;
1) Are all the products being offered Kitemarked?
2) Do the products carry ongoing guarantees?
3) Have the products been rigorously tested in real life situations?
4) Do the products have a reliability track record?
5) Is the proposed product installer accredited through a recognised industry scheme?
6) Can they provide official photo ID and verification telephone numbers?
7) Do they hold the necessary liability insurances to work on your home?
8) Do they provide an easy to understand ‘Deployment Guide’?
9) Do they offer a maintenance/customer service package?
10) Can they provide testimonials/recommendations from previous projects?
Babs Mitcheson, the Secretary of Bodenham Flood Protection Group in Herefordshire is in full agreement and is keen to ensure home and business owners are informed of what to look out for before this becomes a national issue.
“The flood defence industry is something of an unknown quantity for many and this will be the first time they’ve ever had to consider protecting their home or business. I’d be keen to encourage everyone to take time out from the outset to ask a few simple questions before choosing products and installers. As tax payers we should all be keen to ensure this Grant money is spent wisely so the distressing scenes we all witnessed this winter are minimised in the future”.
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