Flood Barriers - How to protect your Garage from flooding?
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After these barriers proved effective in my single door openings, I bought more and connector poles to cover a 100" opening. We also raised the clothes dryer vents to 48" and filled the old openings with concrete.
Now, my 1950 Brick Bunker is protected within minutes, and my friends say they're stylish, too. Thank you DamEasy Flood Barriers. We keep them under our beds.
I live in North East Florida on the Intracoastal Waterway. We flooded 5 years ago during Hurricane Irma. Every year during mid-summer we start watching the Hurricane Tracker app to monitor potential storms. We typically don’t schedule extended vacations during September and October during peak hurricane season. In 2022, we had two potential flood events where water rose above our seawall. While thankfully we did not flood, it was a very stressful situation. We needed a solution to eliminate / minimize flooding.
In November, I spent countless hours online searching for solutions to prevent flooding. I reviewed numerous publications on how to flood proof your home, including FEMA’s “Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting” and, countless online reviews for all types of products.
My considerations for purchase were: 1) component quality of product, 2) potential effectiveness, 3) ease of use, 4) top rated reviews, and 5) cost.
Based on these criteria I selected DamEasy flood barriers. I used the online calculator to determine the number of barriers and extension poles required. For our rear doors I emailed DamEasy photos to get an expert recommendation since I had raised stucco foam trim around some doors and was concerned about the structural integrity. To my surprise I received a phone call the next day from Chris at DamEasy. He said they would be in my area and would it be okay if they come over the house and personally view exactly what was needed.
During Chris’s visit I purchased flood barriers and extension poles to protect all 6 openings on my house. I needed some additional cement / stucco work to further protect my house and install the extension pole base sockets. Chris recommended a local contractor that was working with DamEasy in North Florida. I hired them and their work product was amazing and it was done at a reasonable price.
In my opinion DamEasy has a high quality product with great customer service. While we still get uneasy when a new tropical disturbance is announced, we feel more at ease with the DamEasy flood barriers. Hopefully we will never have to use the flood barriers, but we know we have an added level of protection – which is simply DamEasy.
Our home in St Augustine flooded twice last year. And while insurance covered the majority of repairs, after dealing with all the bs and nearly a full year of contractors, dry wall guys and big box stores, I was looking for some kind of flood mitigation system that wasn't too expensive or ridiculous to install. After reviewing several different options – including what amounted to a giant rubber donut placed around my house – I was really confused. Everything seemed so expensive and crazy to install that I basically gave up until I noticed a neighbor had purchased a system from a company called DamnEasy Flood Barriers. Interested, I set up an appointment with their sales guy and was pleasantly surprised to see their system was not only super easy to install, but also reasonably priced. As a guy who flunked wood shop – twice – I was hesitant at first because this kind of thing is out of my lease, but when I saw and felt the DamnEasy product I was convinced it could work. At 44 pounds – and with adjustable wings – the DamnEasy barrier fit snuggly in my doorway within a matter of minutes. Even my wife was surprised how easy it was for her to install the system. We even showed a neighbor how to do it in case we weren’t in town when a flood hit, and he had the whole system – 4 door barriers and a chain of barriers for our garage – up in less than 15 minutes. And while there was about 4 feet on the side of my house where we needed to install a small concrete wall, the DamnEasy guys even helped with that, utilizing their local contractor to get the job done in a day or two. And while it sounds a little crazy, I’m actually anticipating our next flood so I can see how well the system works (and I have every reason to believe it will). Even betterl, the DamnEasy system costs me less than half of the other systems I was investigating, none of which went up as easily or seemed seems as sturdy. No special tools or crazy retrofitting – the system was ready to install the moment it was delivered. Not sure how much easier it can get but would recommend DamnEasy to anyone looking to avoid the hassles of even a minor flood (which caused us over $150k in damage.)
St Augustine, Florida. In October and also November 2022 My home was protected by Dam Easy barriers. My tenant installed them in minutes, to hold back what he described as 11-15 inches of water. 100% effective.
See the picture of my home after Hurricaine Nicole. This was taken by a neighbor directly across the street. I did not have coverage for the french doors as shown, but the main part of the house was dry.
Irma in 2017 filled our garage and front door with river water in our home in Jacksonville Fl. Clean up was miserable and it caused quite a bit of damage. Determined not to have that happen again, I found this ingenious product. They are pricy but not nearly as expensive as flood damage. I bought three of them and a post in June. When Ian started heading our way I headed to Jax to get them in place. The roiling river in the picture is high tide as Ian passed. Thankfully it did not rush through our garage door that faces it like it did during Irma. Two days before Ian hit I got a text from Chris at Dam Easy asking me if I needed any help installing the barrier before Ian got here! Who does that??? The instructions are great and the installation easy. I had to drill a hole in the concrete for the post in garage door entrance and epoxy its base. A bit of work but it is a solid, secure installation. Post and base are well made. I had a slight issue with one of the seals not holding pressure but there is an extra one included and they are very easy to replace. Again Chris was there for me if I needed him. He even called me from Ireland the next day to make sure everything was ok!! I never installed the front door dam because thankfully the river never got to the house. But I was confident that I could quickly put it in place if the river approached after seeing how easy it was to install the garage door barriers. While thankfully Ian never pushed the river to the house, I have absolutely no doubt these would have held. Very solid and well designed product. And the guys at Dam Easy are great! If you are anywhere subject to rapid flooding I highly recommend this product and the the folks at Dam Easy.
We suffered very significant flood damage (over 1.5 ft of water in our house and over $230K in damage) from Hurricane Id'a in the fall of 2021. Oh, how we wish we had known about Dam Easy's flood barriers before then. We have had 2 other significant flooding instances since we acquired and installed the DamEasy barriers in front of our garage doors and we haven't gotten a drop of water inside our garage or house! They are extremely easy to put up and take down - the only real effort that may require some assistance (as was the case with us) is the installation of the sockets for the extension poles. I not only highly recommend these barriers, but I also highly recommend the company itself. Their Customer Service is amongst the very best I have ever dealt with. They answered every question I had and went the extra mile in making certain I was getting the very best from their product. Given this level of customer service and what is at stake regarding the cost these days of damage due to flooding, an investment in these barriers is a tremendous deal.
We purchased our home on the edge of a golf course with a creek nearby. It seemed like a perfect place to spend our retirement years. This is until the following year we experienced heavy rains that produced a flood that did $60,000 in damages to our home and months of haggling with our insurer. We needed a solution because we did not want to go through this trauma again. As we looked we found options but none that we could physically handle at our golden year age until we found DAM EASY FLOOD GATES. The Dam Easy support team advised us through the installation process which we did with some help from our son. A little over a year later we had another flood which was more severe than the previous flood.... we came out bone dry... thanks Dam Easy for your product.... Roy and Barbara Beebe...
I received the product 4 days after I ordered it. While installing it I had some technical issues. The product creator called me from overseas to help me troubleshoot and solve the issue. During the process a couple of seals broke and they send me replacements within a few days.
I can’t say enough about how this company stands behind their product!
The concept is simple and logical and the construction of the product solid. Installation is simple as long as you follow the directions and keep a few simple concepts in mind. I have the Dam Easy ready to protect my home the next time flood waters threaten.
I have spent years using sandbags that doesn’t work. But I do my best to protect my Home and over the past few years the floods are more frequent and the water level is getting higher, when I seen my neighbour using the Dam easy I was amazed at the quality of the product and how simple it is to use I have used this product numerous times and it has stopped water every time this is undoubtably one of the best investments I’ve made.
The product is great, and definitely give me security and peace of mind.
Great customer service
I am recommend this product
You need to watch this video
That help me to understand how the connection of the seal work.
Recommend to buy extra seals