Image of stagnant water not flowing through a door in an independent test facility and one showing how the carpet remained dry after a simulated flood on a home in Yorkshire. Watch our video to see how they were tested and how well Flood Traps work.
Place one length in the doorframe, at the bottom. Use the sticky tabs provided or duct tape to help you position and hold the strips up the sides of the door so the three lengths in the pack run along the bottom and up the sides of your door (or window) frame. Then shut that door. You can use more so they go all the way across the top of a door to boost the seal to a basement for example. There are small corner pads to improve the seal in the corners of "wonky" doors. Rapidly swelling to create a waterproof gel when wet the strips in a single pack used on a typical UK size door will boost protection against 0.5m (20") deep floodwater, plus the height of any door steps, so typically 2ft / 61cms.
For use against saline (sea or salt) water floods just fold each strip in half parallel to the long side and wet half the folded width of the strips with tap water first, you can see how in the video, then trap the dry part between the door and the frame.
When you receive a flood warning from a local authority or Government body like the UKs Environment Agency or you see weather reports so expect floods due to heavy rain, rising river levels or high tide with strong winds or storms or hurricanes.
Flood Traps can do the job of the 10-14 x 15kg bags of sand you usually use to build a leaky wall like barrier in front of your robust door, and if belt and braces is your preference you can use both.
On a typical 76cm wide UK front door, without a door step, 3 lengths of flood traps in a standard pack can line the bottom and run 52cm (1ft 8") up the sides of the door.
Photo of flood water failing to drain following a heavy downpour as is seen more and more commonly as our climate changes and of Flood Traps being examined after swelling to protect 4 houses from surface flood in Glasgow. The last image shows the inside of one of the homes, previously repeatedly flooded but kept dry this time thanks to the Floodlock Flood Traps you can see in position between the door and its frame.
The water activated soft water-proof gel quickly swells within each length of flood trap boosting your door's seal against flood water pressure, it continues to help keep water at bay until it dries out or until the door is opened. Here you can see how much the wet portion of the Flood Trap strip has swollen while the portion trapped in the door remained thin and dry.
As flood water pressure presses on the soft swollen water proof gel strips they are squeezed into the gaps between the door and the frame. Instead of flood water pressure forcing water through gaps around your doors it helps Floodlock strips of Floor Trap seal it out!
Developed for Boston Borough Council who needed them to work against tidal sea and other salt water floods we devised a way for the strips to be pre-activated so they resist salt water, by folding each strip in half lengthwise and soaking one half in a basin of tap water so that it swells up. Half of each length soaks up 1 litre of water. Trap the dry half of the trap tightly between the door and the frame as usual so it cannot be washed away with the strong tidal currents. Fitted this way the salt water cannot penetrate the gel, instead it helps create the seal against flood water ingress. Our video illustrates this well.
While kept dry, Floodlock Door Protection Strips can be stored in a draw for years, always ready to help you prepare for a flood whenever you need them.
Once used Floodlock strips can be buried or disposed of as household waste.
Each of the three strips in a pack absorbs 2 Litres of water, so can be used to soak up leaks, spills or flood incidents indoors and in hard to reach areas too!
Buy them now, before you need them and be ever ready to reduce water damage and recovery time whenever the next flood strikes - whatever the source.
Here you can see Flood Traps protecting a window sill from condensed water on the windows, a washing machine leak when the filter is blocked and defrosting fridge freezer leaking water that would otherwise create a slip hazard on the floor.