AN INVENTOR from Ruislip has come up with a cheaper option than sandbags for stopping flood water getting into properties.
Steven Jacobs says his protection strips form a watertight seal around a door and cost less than half the price of the traditional method of keeping buildings dry.
Mr Jacobs, from South Ruislip, and his business partner, Robert Cooper from Huddersfield, have a company called Allups.
They successfully pitched the invention and two other products at a daunting Dragon’s Den-style event and got them on sale on the internet.
The products are the Floodlock Property Protection Strips, Floodlock Plumbers Soak-Up Bags that absorb spilled liquids and Floodlock Messups Clean-Up Powder.
They were all adopted at a Screwfix Innovation Day, where Mr Jacobs and Mr Cooper had to convince the company’s buyers to taken on their inventions.
“It just so happened that the Innovation Day happened at the same time as me hammering on Screwfix’s door asking them to look at the products,” said Mr Jacobs.
“They invited us along and thankfully we impressed the buyers, and this is at the very beginning of getting the products out there.”
He said the flood protection strips are placed around the bottom of a door and react with water to form a tight seal.
“People can buy a pack of three and keep them in the house in case of a flood,” he added. “They work just as well as sandbags at absorbing water, but they also form a watertight seal to protect the inside of the door frame from flooding as well.”
He and Mr Cooper also came up with the soak-up bags, which effectively absorb spilled liquids, including oil, and are especially useful for protecting electrical equipment.
Mr Jacobs said the Messups powder was inspired by the need to clean-up after his five-year-old daughter had been car sick.
The powder absorbs wet mess and converts it into crumbs that can be brushed up.
Screwfix is one of the UK’s biggest mail order and online suppliers of tools, accessories and hardware products. The Floodlock inventions are now available at www.screwfix.com.
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