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, Frank Kelly, CEO at UKFB urges Local Authorities, businesses and householders to exercise caution when selecting both products and installers to protect properties.
For clear guidelines and to find out if you qualify for the Repair and Renew Grant, visit www.repairandrenewgrant.co.uk
Frank Kelly, 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”
With this in mind, UKFB have put together a checklist of questions that we encourage all property owners to adopt when considering installing flood mitigation measures;
- Are all the products being offered Kitemarked?
- Do the products carry ongoing guarantees?
- Have the products been rigorously tested in real life situations?
- Do the products have a reliability track record?
- Is the proposed product installer accredited through a recognised industry scheme?
- Can they provide official photo ID and verification telephone numbers?
- Do they hold the necessary liability insurances to work on your home?
- Do they provide an easy to understand ‘Deployment Guide’?
- Do they offer a maintenance/customer service package?
- Can they provide testimonials/recommendations from previous projects?
To find out more about bpec certified installers visit www.floodprofessionals.co.uk