Protect Your Treasured Possessions With Flood Shields

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With strange weather patterns occurring all over the world caused by global warming, our planet is being ravaged by unexpected disasters. Tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, landslides and floods are striking in regions that used to be considered 'safe'.

Floods in particular are becoming more and more common and people are losing lives and possessions caused by rampaging waters. If you live in an area that may be prone to flooding, you should definitely take precautions by installing flood shields.

There are a variety of shields that can protect the most vulnerable parts of your home. But before you call contractor, you need to find out certain information from your local authority. You need to establish if your house is situated in a high-risk flood area, especially if you live near a river, lake or on the beachfront. Areas where flooding has occurred in the past are categorized as Special Flood Hazard Areas.

You also need to establish the base flood elevation (BFE) in your area. Base flood elevation is defined as 'flood elevation that has a 1% chance of being exceeded or equalled in a year'. This information can also be obtained from your local authority. Once you have these details, you can get the ball rolling with your contractor and have the protective shields fitted.

The most common materials used in the making of flood shields are lightweight aluminum and glass. Glass panels are glazed and put through stringent testing to guarantee certain levels of resistance against flooding waters. You must ensure that the company you use to install the shields uses products that meet the requirements of your local authority and your insurance company.

Before aluminum shields are assembled, the aluminum is strongly reinforced with girders. After they are assembled the shields are waterproofed and welded together. Like glass shields, the aluminum shields are also subjected to testing and must meet certain standards.

Other types of flood shields include the 'lift out' type which is a cost-effective method of protecting against flood waters. These can be installed permanently if desired, but that would be defeating the objective which is to take them out when there is no imminent danger of flooding. Sliding shields are also another practical option. The sliding mechanism enables them to be quickly placed in position when needed.

The barrier type shield can protect your household contents from being damaged by water that accumulates on your patio or porch after heavy rains. These are very practical because they are easily installed and just as easily removed. A barrier shield is able to prevent more than 1ft of water getting into door openings. They are available in 10 or 20 inch heights.

You can also get extra strong shields that are designed specifically to protect doors. Doors are weak areas in many homes and therefore prone to collapse during a flood. This means that any other shields that you may have installed in other areas will be useless. The door shield can be erected in minutes and it will offer protection as high as 3-4 feet. This door shield can then be removed.

Flood damage can strike at any time and flood barriers can help. As with everything in life, prevention is better than a cure. Therefore take the necessary precautions to protect your home by installing flood shields. Do it now - don't wait until the damage has been done.

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