Following some of the heaviest rainfall since records began, the need to protect properties with correctly installed flood protection products has never been more important. An unprotected standard airbrick could allow over 5,000 litres of water per hour to enter a property. It is a common feature of flooding that water will often pour in through an unprotected, low level airbrick, before it even enters the building via a doorway aperture. It is therefore vital that an anti-flood airbrick be correctly installed...
Background & context
Following some of the heaviest rainfall since records began, the need to protect properties with correctly installed flood protection products has never been more important. An unprotected standard airbrick could allow over 5,000 litres of water per hour to enter a property. It is a common feature of flooding that water will often pour in through an unprotected, low level airbrick, before it even enters the building via a doorway aperture. It is therefore vital that an anti-flood airbrick be correctly installed.
BSI has offered Kitemark for flood protection products since 2003, and has now extended the Kitemark scheme to cover the installation of Kitemark flood protection products to further help home/business owners.
Flood Professionals Ltd is the UK’s first organisation to carry BSI Kitemark for the survey and installation of Kitemark flood protection products. It has been developed to ensure property owners (residential and commercial) can easily access both approved Kitemark products and certified flood specialists who will survey and install to the strict Kitemark requirements.
Only those who can meet the highest of standards will become a certified scheme member as qualifying requires installers to demonstrate competency and pass a series of live quality tests taking place in both a classroom environment and installed on a client’s property. Installer organisations are comprehensively audited to ensure BSI’s exacting standards are met.
Once certified, installers will undertake property survey and flood protection product installation to exacting BSI Kitemark scheme requirements. Providing strict impartial quality checks are passed, Flood Professionals Ltd will issue a Certificate that will identify the installed Kitemark products and confirm these products have also been installed to Kitemark scheme requirements.
What is the BSI Kitemark certified flood scheme?
“The BSI Kitemark stands for quality, safety and trust and therefore when installed Kitemark product also carries the Flood Protection Installation Kitemark, the homeowner can feel confident that they have the protection they deserve”. Kevin Frewin, Technical Development Manager, BSI.
Why should I specify the BSI Kitemark certified flood scheme?
Only businesses with the highest standards can become certified Flood Professionals scheme members, since qualifying involves passing both the industry-leading Flood Professionals training course and a series of live ‘quality tests’ in classroom and on-site conditions, so homeowners and businesses alike will have greater peace of mind that their investment and faith have been put into a credible service offering.
Following installation and a strict impartial quality audit, a property may be awarded a Flood Professionals Certificate, identifying it as a BSI Kitemark Flood Protection Installation. A first for the flood industry, the Flood Professionals BSI Kitemark initiative is already being welcomed by the UK insurance industry.
How do I specify the BSI Kitemark certified flood scheme?
In order to help ensure credible and reliable installation of suitable Property Level Protection solutions, [The Council] requires all surveyors and installers to have successfully completed an independent training course to the latest “BSI Kitemark™ for Installation of Flood Protection Products” standard. Furthermore it is mandatory for installers to only use BSI Kitemark™ or equal and equivalent equipment and solutions. Preference should be given to passive (always in place) solutions during the survey process.
Consideration should also be given to random on-site “wet testing” to ensure ongoing Quality Controls of the installation process, and reduce the potential for installer complacency whilst increasing peace of mind to the tenant(s).
We would also like to see active community engagement during the entire process along with co-ordinated & supported “dry-runs” in the deployment of any re-active measures such as door barriers, in advance of a likely flood event.