Study urges more effective approach to flood repairs

Sedgwick has teamed up with the University of the West of England to assess 702 home insurance claims and the issues affecting the cost and duration of flood damage claims. The work was funded by Flood Re and highlights the ability of resilience measures to reduce the time and value of claims.

The study suggests that installing a combination of recoverable and resistant measures for homes at reinstatement could reduce costs for future floods as well as reducing the time for claimants to return to home.

Recoverable packages are designed to limit damage once water enters a home such as resilient plaster and floors. Passive resistance packages are designed to limit the water entering a home, for example self-closing airbricks, non-return valves, sealing brickwork and flood doors.

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