Sir Michael Pitt, whose independent review is out today on the anniversary of floods which inundated Hull and Sheffield, also called for electronic maps to establish responsibility for drainage - which caused much of the problems last year.
He said people would be "shocked" to discover that 4,700 households had still not returned to their homes a year on from the flooding which hit Yorkshire and Humberside, the Midlands and the West Country last June and July.
Sir Michael said: "First of all, there's the problem that when you do get water into a house because of flooding, if the water is there and it has to dry out, that can take a long period of time. That can take longer if the wrong building materials are used."
He is also calling for local authorities to create electronic maps of ditches, streams and rivers to ascertain who is responsible for drainage.
Currently, there can be up to six owners responsible for one site.
Surface water which did not drain away caused much of the flooding last year.
His Government-commissioned review contains 92 recommendations on how the country could be better equipped in the event of another flooding crisis.