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Could This New Technology Be The Answer To A Flood-Proof Home?

This handy flood barrier can be easily installed in your doorway

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The rainy season is upon us, and with this comes the fear of flooding. As much as 320,000 households have been affected last year by rains and flooding, according to this report. And while we can’t immediately change where we live, we could take steps to protect our home.

One of this is creating a “dam” that would prevent floodwaters from coming into our home. The classic, low-tech way of doing this is by stacking sacks of sand in front of our doorways, but this method is never always completely watertight.

Recently, an Irish company Dam Easy invented an easy-to-install, portable, watertight flood barrier for residential and commercial use. The barrier works on the standard concept of a dam: you position the barrier within your doorway, and extend the sides to fit the doorway with a ratchet lever. And then with a pneumatic pump, you inflate the seal to create a watertight seal all around the dam and the perimeter of your doorway. Install this barrier in all of your house’s ground floor openings and your house will be completely flood-proof. After the flood waters subside, the barrier can be easily disassembled and stored. 

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The flood barrier can be customized by adding extension poles to extend the barrier to fit bigger door openings, and security panels can be inserted, as well. For now, the barrier retails at approximately US$800. It’s quite steep, but not really if you think of all the money you’ll spend on potential flood damage. For more information, visit their website.

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Watch how the Dam Easy Flood Barrier works here:

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