Flooding and Older Homes
Many older homes were built near rivers or the coast because water offered the fastest transport routes before rail and road systems developed. These buildings were designed and constructed to be resilient to flooding.
Today, buildings are more at risk from flooding due to our changing climate. The increase in paved surfaces is contributing to surface water flooding and sewer flooding. To house our growing population, homes have also been built in areas susceptible to groundwater flooding.
Older buildings, where appropriately maintained, are by design extremely resilient and can recover quickly from flooding. However, they can be damaged after a flood by unsuitable drying methods and repair works, and historic materials and fittings being thrown away unnecessarily.
For more information see our technical guidance and webinars below.
Flooding and Historic BuildingsPublished 30 April 2015
This guidance is designed to assist those who live in, own or manage historic buildings that are threatened by flooding. Advice is provided on preventative measures as well as on the inspection, conservation and repair of historic buildings after flooding.
Flooding has been identified as one of the principal risks associated with our changing climate. Past years have seen devastating flooding over large areas of the country and an estimated one in six properties in England are estimated to be in areas at risk of flooding. Flood water can cause harm to historic buildings, however if looked after our traditional buildings may be far more able to cope than you might think.