Allups Ltd, founded in 2012 to address flood issues in the most practical without adding to climate change, helps people protect themselves against personal loss, damage and post traumatic mental illnesses. Insurance simply cannot compensate fully nor can we expect infrastructure to work 100% of the time, so we decided to help those who help themselves.
Damage repair is the most expensive option, far better to reduce the pain and time to recover by protecting your property, family and business in advance.
We developped our small range of products to help reduce flood damage to property whether from external or internal water floods and leaks.
Benefits from our products go beyond the expected, for example leak and spill traps can be used to line hanging baskets and provide nourishment to pot plants, they can also be used as a cold pack or even once quickly microwaved as a warmer to help defrost a car.
Patented Flood Traps – the thinking behind it
National Health England produced a report in 2017 The English National Study for Flooding and Health looking at the medium to long-term effects of flooding. Their findings concluded there are “high levels of probable depression, anxiety and PTSD amongst those who had floodwater in their homes, but elevated levels in those whose homes were not flooded, but whose lives were otherwise disrupted.”
Living through more flash flooding and other extreme weather in recent years and appreciating that climate change is accellerating and will only make flooding frequency increase communities are investing heavily in upgrading infrastructure and community action plans. There is a real expectation that we will face more frequent and severe climatic events making it more challenging to thrive or even survive in some places.
In 2009, we read the UK government commissioned Pitt Review’s executive summary issues in 2007 looking for a way we could contribute to a better society having done our time rising through the ranks in the labour market.
Two points on page 18 of the Pitt Review's executive summary struck us:
ES.49 ‘Strategic sandbagging’ can be successfully used alongside roads or adjacent to important buildings to prevent them from flooding, but the work needs to be done properly by experts. The Review was unable to obtain any significant evidence that sandbags were particularly effective during the 2007 summer floods in providing protection to individual households. And
ES. 50 Nevertheless, sandbags are still widely regarded as an important focus for community action and they should not simply be withdrawn. The general provision of sandbags should be phased out in favour of better products such as kite-marked flood boards, airbrick covers and other forms of temporary defence.
Further research has since found that if we do not take action when threatened we learn to be helpless. That can be damaging to our mental health adding to the emotional trauma vulnerable flood victims face. This is especially true of children who cannot build a wall out of 10 x 15kg sandbags. Often they report feeling helpless, vulnerable and so scared that they become traumatised.
We decided to create a replacement for sandbags. Of course, sandbags are low cost, so our solution had to be low cost too. Sandbags are used to build walls in front of doors, as are flood boards, so we focused our energy on this specific application. Doors are very robust with multi-lever locks made of sturdy material to keep burglars out.
We decided to work with existing infrastructure, rather than build a wall, by boosting the door or window seals when they face a flood. Flood Traps were born.
Why we invented Floodlock Soak Up Pads, some great applications.
Watching a Gas engineer fold an incontinence pad over to fit above the electrics and PCB before servicing a boiler we thought we could do better, with a more compact and better-sealed pad.
Floodlock® 175 Soak Up Pads are lined with plastic to ensure one surface (the bottom) remains dry. We then noticed people started using them as hanging basket liners, flexible alternatives to buckets for catching drips and even as cold packs for bruises….
Floodlock Wet Mess Clean Up Powder were the result of a need to quickly and effectively clean and deodorise cars after carsickness, we simply could not wait until the end of each journey to clean up the car. Despite out best efforts on route the stench often distracted us from fully enjoying the planned experience. Blended to remove not only water based but also greasy (milky) vomit with a pleasant fresh fragrance we developed Floodlock® Wet Mess Clean Up Powder. Friends, family, teachers and a catalogue buyer told us it was unique and very effective. They asked us if we could make it available to help anyone faced with a need to restore an area to use without leaving a slippery residue or unpleasant smell; so that is what we did,
Of course, no one likes or wants to face situations that threaten our homes, cars, family and health. We believe our Floodlock range can help you just then, when you are preparing to prevent or reduce the significant damage life's undesirable events can cause.
Thank you for choosing to try our products. We hope you benefit and share what you have found with your friends, family and colleagues so they can benefit too. Please do let us know what you think by e-mail ... and please visit us again soon.
£24.99* Inc VAT. Net £20.83 (26.70USD)
In under 7 minutes Flood Traps convert your robust door into a flood door in preparation for surface water flooding from storms, hurricanes and the sea. Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive, UK Environment Agency explains that surface water flooding is the biggest flood risk of all.
Flood Traps, form a waterproof seal around an opening door or window by swelling instantly when wet.
£14.95* Inc 20% VAT. Net £12.46 (15.98 USD).
5 x Floodlock Leak and Spill Traps (≈ A4 size) per pack .
Each (300 x 200 x 2)mm leak resistant water absorbent pad traps 1.75 Litres of clean water
£5.99 Inc 20% VAT. Net £4.99 (6.59 USD)
Messups Powder helps you catch and bin all wet slippery stuff hygienically.
Each pack absorbs up to 5 litres of wet mess, whether travel-sickness, urine, blood or anything oily, creating easy-to-remove fresher crumbs.
Surround and cover the wet patch, mix in, give it a minute and brush up.
*Inc. 20% VAT £14.95