There are locations all over the globe where floods are a regular seasonal occurrence. These locations are not just restricted to remote locations or undeveloped countries. Floods regularly cause immense property loss and loss of life in some areas. Even in undeveloped countries there are locations where the flood is a hazard regularly. The prepared home owner guards against this by installing flood barriers before disasters occur.
Most municipalities have a plan of action in place where flood protection may be erected when needed but it is often not effective in stopping strong flood waters or protecting many private homes against damage. Flood protection and barriers has become a strong new industry and offers barriers against flood which may well save property and even protect a home against significant damage.
A family’s home contains their personal belongings and more important treasured and irreplaceable mementos. Protecting the most valuable investment that most families own is a logical step for homes built in areas where floods may threaten at any time. Even those homes which are judged to be low risk can be flooded by an unexpected storm and the protection offered by barriers can save belongings upon which no price or value can be placed.
Unfortunately individuals who have never seen a flood in full force may not understand the destructive power of these natural disasters. Floods are not just gently flowing water which rises slowly and invades the structure. Floods are primal forces of nature and carry a capacity for destruction most people can’t imagine until they witness it.
Perhaps the most vivid imagery possible to explain a flood to someone who has not experienced it is to picture a tremendous log, a tree trunk uprooted by raging water bobbing along in the flood. This log heads directly for a house and while the flood water is there already this huge log strikes the house shattering windows, breaking down the door. Eventually the log’s force is spent and it lodges there holding the door open the damage already accomplished.
Now it might be more apparent why protection for the home is important if there is even the slightest possibility of flood. There are generally two types of barriers used to protect homes against flood water and the debris it carries along with such angry force. The first type is a movable barrier that can be placed wherever the home or property needs protection. The other popular type is the permanent barrier constructed to look as if it were part of the home and needing only installation and the home is protected against a major portion of the potential damage it could suffer.
Free standing barriers are mobile barriers and the greatest advantage to these types of protection is that they can be moved easily to any location and stored out of sight when not needed. The most distinct disadvantage to this type of protection is that sudden storms could leave the owner trudging through blinding rain to try and set up the barriers before the flood hits. They are usually less expensive to purchase and lightweight so they are easy to carry.