Sand bags as a flood defense

Flooding has proven absolutely devastating to vast swathes of the UK population over the last decade. The damage and disruption it causes can be expensive, difficult and upsetting.

For those living or working in properties which are susceptible to flooding, the risk of significant structural and decorative damage is a real one, so it’s worth preparing as much as possible in advance.

As more and more of us are beginning to think about how we can effectively defend our properties from the threat of water damage, we’ve put together a definitive list to help prepare for home flooding.

Here’s what we recommend:

Clean your guttering

Clean your gutter before a flood occurs

Your guttering is your homes first defence against flash flood conditions. If it’s not working as it should do, water can build up and potentially cause catastrophic damage to your property.

So, when the weather is fine, ensure that you (or a tradesman) goes up there to see what the situation is. Your gutters should be clear of vegetation and debris as well as safely secured and in good condition.  At Mad4Tools we have a range of cleaning products that will do just the job.

Keep sand bags ready

Sand bags preventing water from seeping under a doorway

When it comes to flood defence, there are few tools as ubiquitous as sand bags. Available in either hessian or poly construction, sand bags simply need to be filled with sand to absorb moisture and stop water from entering under doors.

Although hessian is kinder to the environment, it’s not waterproof and, over time, can allow water to seep through, albeit slowly. It’s for this reason that we recommend poly sand bags, as they offer sturdy, waterproof protection for your home.

Sand bags can also be used for weighing down garden furniture as well as blocking toilets, bath drains and sinks to prevent floodwater from coming up through them.

Assemble an emergency kit

Wellington boots

To ensure you’re ready for anything during extreme weather conditions, we recommend creating an emergency kit with all your essential items.

Once you’ve packed your emergency bag, remember to store it somewhere safe and easily accessible. You’ll also want to make sure that everyone in your home knows where it can be found and what is in it.

Here are our recommendations of what to include in your emergency kit:

  • All essential medication for you and your household members including any repeat prescription forms
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food items
  • A first aid kit
  • Insurance and other important documents
  • A torch and non-rechargeable batteries (these tend to last longer than rechargeable ones)
  • Mobile phone and portable phone charger
  • Insurance emergency helpline, emergency services numbers, family & friends telephone numbers
  • Warm, waterproof clothing and blankets
  • Wellington boots
  • Emergency cash
  • Portable radio

This may not be an exhaustive list, there may be extra things that you would like to take with you in the situation where flooding occurs.

Best tools to consider if your flood defences are broken:

A dehumidifier

Dehumidifier to help after a flood

When an area falls victim to water damage, one of the most common remedies is to use a large fan to dry the area. While this solution may work well for minimal water damage, it’s often not enough for extensive damage. This is where a dehumidifier comes into its own.

Dehumidifiers have cooled metal fins that are below dew point, the temperature at which condensation forms. As the fans move the air, the chilled fins condense the moisture in the form of vapour, or gas. The condensed water is then collected in a tray or pumped away.

Depending on the model, a dehumidifier can remove up to 300 pints of water in a day. In addition to removing excess water vapour from the air, the reduced vapour concentration promotes the evaporation of water molecules.  As fans move the air, dehumidifiers speed up the evaporation process.

Prior to using a dehumidifier, it is essential to ensure that it is safe to enter the affected space, especially as you will be using electronic equipment. It is also a good idea to identify the source of the water intrusion and remedy it to prevent further damage.

What happens if I don’t dehumidify a flooded area?

Dehumidifiers are essential to use in a flooded area. Without using it you can get a serious mould problem. Mould can start breeding after just a day or two and cause secondary damage.  It is therefore important to act as quickly as possible if your home has been flooded.

Invest in a pump

If your building is highly susceptible to flooding or has a subterranean floor which floods often, it can make good sense to invest in a water pump. Capable of expelling up to 250 litres of water per minute it’s the ideal way to keep your home from suffering serious damage if your other flood protection methods have failed.

Carpet Blower/Dryer

CB3000 Carpet Blower/Dryer Rapid Snail Fan

The CB3000 Carpet Dryer is ideal for drying after floods or spillages, and will significantly reduce the drying time of wet carpets. The CB3000 Carpet Dryer also aids circulation drying of vertical walls and ceilings due to its vertical position.  Voltage: 110v.

– Quietly delivers large volumes of air, speeding up interior fabric drying
– Robust polyethylene casing
– 3-speed control fan
– 3 different operating positions
– Tough outer polyurethane construction with 5 years warranty
– 1-year manufacturers warranty on electrical components
– Aids circulation drying of vertical walls and ceilings
– Built-in kickstand to raise airflow off the floor, ideal for floor seals, polishes, paint etc

– Dimensions: W440 x H540 x D590mm
– Weight: 17kg
– CFM: 3000, 3-speed
– Voltage: 110v


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