Identifying Causes of Water Ingress and Flooding

Richard Keightley, a hydrologist based in Hawkins’ London Office, and Andrew Reeves, a civil engineer based in Hawkins’ Reigate Office, recently gave a joint presentation on Water Ingress and Flooding to the Insurance Institute of Sussex at the Town Council Offices in Burgess Hill.

The main focuses of their presentation were:

  • Considerations during a forensic investigation
  • Typical causes of flooding
  • Types of basement tanking systems, and defects that can affect them
  • Types of property flood resistance measures, and defects that can affect them
  • Recovery prospects arising from water ingress and flooding claims

An example of an above-ground flood protection failure was discussed in their presentation as a case study. They included not only a detailed analysis of a riverside warehouse’s flood risks, but also renderings of the flooding patterns.

Water Level 7.5mAOD

 Water level 7.5mAOD

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Water level 8.0mAOD

Water level 8.5mAOD

Water level 8.5mAOD

Andrew and Richard received feedback from one of the attendees, saying that participants in the seminar found the warnings about construction to be especially interesting. In many cases of water ingress or flooding, the construction of the building may not have been carried out in accordance with the building’s stated design; if design specifications had been properly followed, the flooding damage may have been avoided.

If you are interested in liability or property damage claims, and you would like to schedule a presentation from a civil engineer or hydrologist at your office or event, please contact us

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