At their core, flood defence systems are a very basic concept. Nearly any item that will stop the flow of water can serve as a flood defence structure. However, not many objects are able to stand up to the task. The main concern with stopping flood waters is that, regardless of what you're trying to use, you have to be able to set it up quickly and efficiently.
The rising water of a flood won't wait for you while you scramble to construct a proper barrier. For this reason, it comes as little surprise that today's anti-flooding systems still bear a striking resemblance to the ones used a century ago. There's little point in changing designs that have a long and established record of effectiveness.
The most familiar method of flood defence is the humble sandbag. Bags for sand can be laid flat for easy storage and allow for quick and easy filling during any floods that might occur. However, their ability to work properly depends on the ready availability of sand and manpower. Those bags won't fill themselves and sand is very heavy, especially when it's wet.
Luckily, the golden age of technology has brought you an easier and more efficient alternative. A device called an instant sandbag can be filled with water within mere minutes, putting an end to your need for an abundance of cheap sand, physical labor and time. Using a quick solution such as this can make all the difference when the water starts to rise.
Some other flood defence systems must be installed well in advance of flooding, but they can be easily removed or installed as the need arises. Door guards, for instance, are installed ahead of time, but the actual barrier can be removed and stored until flooding in imminent. This lets you use the door normally, but also allows you to act as quickly as possible to seal out water.
There are also more basic forms of flood defence which, when used properly, can help you wait out the flood or buy just enough time to gather what's important and evacuate. One example is flood tape, which is used to cover windows, doors, vents and other easy passages for water. This can give you time to secure furniture or set up other flood protection devices.
Air brick covers and toilet seals are another important consideration. Even when your home is safe from flooding, rising waters in other places can push sewage and water through the municipal water system, causing them to back up into your home. This mess is both disgusting and expensive to clean up.
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