UCLan help develop flooding defence kit

Mike Haigh , Floodkit
Mike Haigh , Floodkit
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A new flood defence kit that will protect households and SMEs against flooding at a fraction of the cost of existing systems has been launched.

FloodKit Ltd claims the system will prevent water coming through doors, airbricks, ground floor toilets, showers and overflow pipes.

The firm refined the products in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), which assisted with product development support.

Following the floods of 2007 in the North East, inventor Mike Haigh identified the need for affordable flood protection. He then developed and tested a number of product solutions and was joined by former BAE engineer Dave Broadbent in 2010 to test and refine additional products.

The duo were joined by management consultant Hugh Mathew in 2012, which is when FloodKit was established.

The FloodKit products, which have been the subject of eleven patent applications, have been successfully tested at UCLan.

The kit also contains a DVD, which was filmed by UCLan, on how home and business owners can prepare their property well in advance.

Dave Broadbent, technical director from FloodKit said: “We’ve been developing the product with the support of experts at UCLan and rigorously testing the devices beyond existing British Standard requirements.

“With experts predicting more severe weather occurring on a more regular basis we hope our product will enable people cope with the forces of nature in the future.”