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How To Check If Your Home Is Susceptible To Flooding

Considerations for buying property in flood-prone areas, and navigating flood maps in Brisbane

Living in Brisbane offers a vibrant lifestyle amidst a backdrop of natural beauty. However, like any other city, it comes with its own set of challenges, one of which is the occasional risk of flooding.

With the devastating floods of 2022 and the historic events of 2011 and 1974 in memory, homeowners need to be proactive in assessing the flood risk of their properties.

When it comes to evaluating flood-prone areas and considering factors like property risks, let your local conveyancing experts or council provide you with the best information.

For assistance with applying for a home loan tailored to your specific needs, contact our home loan brokers in Brisbane for expert guidance.

Navigating flood maps in Brisbane

Brisbane City Council provides invaluable flood maps that outline flood-prone areas, aiding individuals in assessing and mitigating potential risks.

Let's delve into how these flood maps and expert guidance can empower you to make informed decisions about property ownership and risk management:

  • Brisbane City Council provides invaluable flood maps outlining flood-prone areas, aiding in risk assessment.
  • These maps are crucial resources for understanding flood risk, enabling informed property ownership decisions.
  • Consulting with local authorities or qualified professionals offers valuable insights and guidance.
  • These professionals can assist by analysing flood maps, conducting site inspections, and identifying key indicators of flood risk.
  • They offer guidance in navigating and understanding flood maps in Brisbane.
  • Researching and educating oneself about flood-prone areas is vital for effective property investment.
  • Thoroughly assessing property flood risk empowers informed decisions about insurance coverage and risk mitigation measures.

Are there additional criteria set by banks for properties affected by flooding in Brisbane?

Depending on the extent of flooding, banks may request further documentation, such as:

  1. Proof of council approval for any construction on the property, or confirmation of an existing structure on the land.
  2. Requirement for valid home and contents insurance coverage for the property.
  3. Ensuring that the maximum flood height does not exceed the floor level of the house.
  4. Completion of a valuation by the bank's appointed valuer to assess the property's risk level.

Purchasing a property in such locations may present opportunities for negotiating lower prices.

By understanding the additional requirements set by banks for flooded properties and exploring loan options tailored to your needs, you can make informed decisions about property investment.

Chat with Mortgage Broker Brisbane today to explore available loan options.

Insurance considerations for flood risk coverage

Your bank needs to ensure that your property is adequately protected with home and contents insurance, specifically covering the risk of flooding.

Failure to have the right flood insurance could potentially result in your home loan application being rejected.

Considerations for flood insurance coverage

Numerous insurance providers offer flood insurance policies that cover various types of flooding:

  • Overland flow resulting from heavy rainfall and nearby rivers
  • Flooding caused by rivers and dams overflowing
  • Sea-level flooding triggered by storms
  • Each insurance provider may have different definitions of storm and water damage, so it's advisable to discuss with them to determine the most suitable policy for your needs.

Your broker from Mortgage Broker Brisbane may offer valuable assistance in navigating the insurance requirements set by banks.

Consult with our home loan broker to explore insurance options tailored to your specific needs and to ensure compliance with the bank's requirements.

Mitigation measures

In addition to assessing flood risk, you need to consider measures to minimise the impact of flood damage on your property.

This may include raising floor levels, installing flood barriers or gates, and improving drainage systems.

By implementing these measures, you can reduce the likelihood of flood damage and protect your home and investment.

Additionally, exploring refinancing options with our home loan brokers could provide access to funds for home improvements aimed at flood mitigation, further enhancing your property's resilience to flooding.

Reach out to our team today for refinancing advice.

10 measures you can take to flood-proof your home

1. Elevate electrical systems

Raise electrical outlets, switches, and circuit breakers at least one foot above the expected flood level.

2. Install sump pumps

Sump pumps can help remove excess water from basements or lower levels during flooding events, reducing the risk of water damage.

3. Seal basement or lower level walls

Apply waterproof sealant or coatings to basement or lower level walls to prevent water infiltration and moisture buildup.

4. Invest in flood barriers

Consider installing flood barriers or flood gates around doors, windows, and other openings to prevent water from entering your home.

5. Improve drainage systems

Ensure that gutters, downspouts, and drainage pipes are clear of debris and functioning properly.  These are crucial in diverting water away from your home's foundation.

6. Retrofit plumbing systems

Install backflow prevention devices on sewer lines to prevent sewage backup during floods. Consider installing check valves on drain lines to prevent water from backing up into your home.

7. Use flood-resistant materials

Use flood-resistant building materials such as concrete, tile, and pressure-treated wood. These materials can be used for flooring, walls, and other structural components.

8. Elevate appliances and HVAC systems

Raise appliances, furnaces, water heaters, and HVAC systems above the expected flood level. This can prevent damage and ensure they remain operational during flooding events.

9. Create a flood emergency plan

Develop a comprehensive flood emergency plan. This should include evacuation routes, emergency contact information, and procedures for shutting off utilities in case of flooding.

10. Purchase flood insurance

Invest in flood insurance coverage. This is instrumental in protecting your home and belongings against flood-related damage. It will also aid with financial security in the event of a flood.

Extra resources for information on flood-prone areas in Brisbane

  1. Take a look at this short video to understand the different types of flooding in Brisbane
  2. You can download historical data from the 2011 flood map and the 1974 flood map

What are the most flood-affected suburbs in Brisbane?

After the Brisbane floods in 2022, these were the most flood-prone suburbs affected by this severe weather event:

  • ACACIA RIDGE
  • ALBION
  • ANSTEAD
  • ARCHERFIELD
  • AUCHENFLOWER
  • BALMORAL
  • BELLBOWRIE
  • BOWEN HILLS
  • BRISBANE AIRPORT
  • BRISBANE CITY
  • BROOKFIELD
  • BULIMBA
  • CANNON HILL
  • CARINA
  • CARINDALE
  • CHAPEL HILL
  • CHELMER
  • CHUWAR
  • COORPAROO
  • CORINDA
  • DARRA
  • DOOLANDELLA
  • DUTTON PARK
  • EAGLE FARM
  • EAST BRISBANE
  • FAIRFIELD
  • FIG TREE POCKET
  • FORTITUDE VALLEY
  • GRACEVILLE
  • GREENSLOPES
  • HAMILTON
  • HAWTHORNE
  • HEMMANT
  • HERSTON
  • HIGHGATE HILL
  • INDOOROOPILLY
  • JAMBOREE HEIGHTS
  • JINDALEE
  • KANGAROO POINT
  • KARANA DOWNS
  • KELVIN GROVE
  • KENMORE
  • KHOLO
  • LAKE MANCHESTER
  • LYTTON
  • MIDDLE PARK
  • MILTON
  • MOGGILL
  • MOOROOKA
  • MORNINGSIDE
  • MOUNT CROSBY
  • MOUNT OMMANEY
  • MURARRIE
  • NEW FARM
  • NEWMARKET
  • NEWSTEAD
  • NORMAN PARK
  • OXLEY
  • PADDINGTON
  • PINJARRA HILLS
  • PINKENBA
  • PORT OF BRISBANE
  • PULLENVALE
  • RED HILL
  • RIVERHILLS
  • ROCKLEA
  • SEVENTEEN MILE ROCKS
  • SHERWOOD
  • SINNAMON PARK
  • SOUTH BRISBANE
  • ST LUCIA
  • SUMNER
  • TARINGA
  • TENERIFFE
  • TENNYSON
  • TINGALPA
  • TOOWONG
  • WACOL
  • WEST END
  • WESTLAKE
  • WILLAWONG
  • WILSTON
  • WINDSOR
  • WOOLLOONGABBA
  • WYNNUM WEST
  • YEERONGPILLY
  • YERONGA

Harnessing the power of flood maps for flood protection in Brisbane

When facing unpredictable weather events in Brisbane, knowing how to safeguard your home against the risk of flooding is essential.

By understanding flood maps, implementing flood-proofing measures, and investing in flood insurance, you can mitigate the impact of flooding on your home and finances.

Navigating flood maps and making informed decisions can be complex. That’s why it's crucial to seek guidance from a trusted professional.

Contact Mortgage Broker Brisbane today for assistance in applying for a home loan

If you're ready to embark on the journey of purchasing a new home in Brisbane, our team at Mortgage Broker Brisbane is here to support you every step of the way.

From understanding your financing options to guiding you through the home loan application process, we're committed to helping you secure the right loan for your needs.

Contact us today to get started on your path to homeownership.

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