British-Based Inventor Uses Technology To Create Portable Defence System For Flood-Hit Homes
02. 10. 2014
HydroGuard aims to put an end to domestic destruction in flood-hit areas of UKA British-based inventor has created the nation's first portable flood defence system, aimed at preventing the damage that can be left behind when waters subside in high risk flood areas.Inventor Hannes Floto, whose own home has flooded several times, used his experience of dealing with the aftermath of a flood to create and develop HydroGuard.HydroGuard is the world's first affordable flood barrier that fits to any standard household door. It has been designed to provide a better alternative to the more expensive, yet less adaptable and effective flood barriers currently on the market.HydroGuard protects against floods of a few feet but lets higher waters in so that the entire house structure is not compromised, as more than 3 feet of water can apply enough pressure to permanently damage the structure. In this unfortunate case, HydroGuard supplies the valuable time to rescue belongings and move them to a safer place.Speaking about the launch of HydroGuard, inventor Hannes Floto said: “When my home flooded, it was a devastating time for myself and for my family. When it flooded again a few months later, I just knew there had to be a better way than dirty, ineffective sandbags or existing panels. That's when I decided that it was time for me to get together with some engineers and develop a solution that would really benefit people – one that was reusable, adaptable and more affordable.”The startup has invested significant time and money designing and perfecting the technology behind HydroGuard. The team has released the final version for pre-order on Indiegogo in hopes of acquiring enough orders to cover initial manufacturing costs. They plan to continue to diversify the product offering by developing other flood preparation and damage prevention products.“We're excited to launch HydroGuard, and we're hoping that people will not only see the benefit for themselves, but also for everyone who could be affected by flooding,” said HydroGuard Co-Founder James Browne. “This is a great product with the potential to solve a lot of problems for people who face flooding. It's a one-time, affordable buy that can be re-used over time as you move home and door sizes change.”In order for the team to raise the necessary funds to get their production off the ground, they are running an Indiegogo campaign. Early birds can buy the first 100 panels for just £199. After this, panels will cost £219 – £239, both discounted from the eventual retail price of £249. Multipacks to cover several ground level doors can be purchased for £438 – £657. The team is also offering branded rubber ducks and umbrellas for those who would like to back their business, but do not want to commit to a flood barrier presently. To back HydroGuard's Indiegogo campaign today, visit http://bit.ly/HydroGuardIGG.// endsFor more information please contact John Megaughin at Clearbox CommunicationsT: 028 9562 2600 E: [email protected]ABOUT HYDROGUARDThe idea for HydroGuard came to Hannes Floto after his home fell victim to floods.After suffering extensive damages from small floods, Floto decided he would invent a way to protect all future houses from floodwaters. With the help of James Browne, Robin Harris and with the professionals of Studio17 Design, Floto managed to come up with a product which met all of his requirements, while still maintaining a simple, streamlined design. To learn more about HydroGuard, visit their website at http://www.hydroguard.co/.
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