Pioneering sandless sandbags FloodSax saved the day when a basement became badly flooded in London.
They were deployed after Thames Water received a call for help from a customer who was renovating a property in Cricklewood when a water pipe was accidentally broken.
The water company alerted FloodSax manufacturers Environmental Defence Systems Ltd who responded instantly.
A company spokesman said: “When we got there the basement had approximately 50mm of water, giving an estimated 100 litres covering the floor.
“The basement was around 6m by 5m and the floor was not level. We then instructed the guys to deploy five FloodSax into the water … then stand back and watch.”
The FloodSax simply soaked the water up and were then replaced with fresh ones.
The spokesman added: “After about 10 minutes just about all the water had been soaked into the Floodsax and we had a dry basement.
“As the homeowner was going abroad the following morning, I left him with another five which he deployed dry on the ground to soak up any water that might seep in while he was away.”
FloodSax are best known as alternative sandbags and the special gelling polymer inside them absorbs 20 litres of water to become instant sandbags in a few minutes. They then weigh around 20kg and are effective at keeping floodwater out of homes and businesses, saving a fortune in damage.
But more and more people are now using them indoors to soak up drips, spills and leaks, often in hard-to-reach places such as under floorboards, radiators and boilers.
It means they are prepared for any flooding emergency 24/7. FloodSax are white so the watermarks on them will show just where the leak is landing.
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* FloodSax can be bought from Travis Perkins stores nationwide. The product code is 868499.