01 February 2016 (Updated December 2016)
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.
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 owners.
Flood Professionals Ltd is the UK’s first BSI Kitemark certified organization for the installation of Kitemark flood protection products. It has been developed to ensure homeowners can easily access both approved Kitemark products and certified flood specialists who will conduct a Kitemark installation 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 minimum compliance standards are met.
Once certified, installers will undertake a flood protection installation 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.
Frank Kelly, Director of Flood Professionals Ltd is confident the scheme has the capacity to change the shape of the sector for home owners, product manufacturers and all industry stakeholders alike.
He explains, “The UK flood industry is growing fast and I’m passionate about ensuring we all strive to establish and maintain high levels of quality across the industry. When we were considering a potential scheme partner, there was really only one contender. The BSI Kitemark is a world renowned mark of quality and we only wanted to work with the best. The Flood Professionals is an industry first that will not only provide a lifeline for flood prone home owners but set a benchmark for the entire industry to adhere to."
Kevin Frewin, Technical Development Manager, BSI commented: “With flooding being the most common and widespread natural disaster in the UK, it’s vital that home owners have the assurance that their property is better protected against flooding. 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."