Flooding Incidents

What is Flooding?

Flooding occurs when over flowing external rainwater enters a property/building or when a substantial water system leak occurs. 

What are the typical signs of flooding?

  • Obvious visible signs of flood water or flood water residue 
  • Visible tidemark stains
  • Visible mould growth
  • Musty putrid and/or odours
  • Severe water damage to the building structure fabric fitment and/or contents


What are the causes of flooding?

  • Surrounding topography that slops towards the property/building in question
  • Insufficient rainwater absorbing soil and vegetation to any surrounding topography that slopes towards the property/ building in question 
  • Insufficient natural or structural drainage away from the property/ building in question 
  • Significant rainfall or extreme weather causing rivers or streams to burst their banks or flood defenses 
  • Internal water supply or waste disposal system leakage 
  • Fire extinguishing process

What are the consequences of flooding?

  • If left unresolved flooding can severely impact your home or business and/or the occupants health
  • Flood water may include sewage pollution
  • Extreme airborne moisture condensation and mould/mildew growth 
  • Extreme Structural fabric damage 


  • Diversion
  • Natural Drainage
  • Restoration of ground ??
  • Rapid recovery
  • Extreme cleaning 



  • In the event of any flooding or leak it is important to act quickly.
  • If resolved quickly water and flood damage is reversible

If you experiencing any of these problems
an ISSE Member maybe able to help

If you like to learn more
there are  wide range of training courses available with the ISSE