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#4507833 - 09/05/17 07:37 AM Aqua Dam saves home from flooding.
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
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Edited by wwillson (09/05/17 08:51 PM)
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#4507842 - 09/05/17 07:51 AM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: OneEyeJack]
Miller88 Offline


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I've seen those things in use before during other hurricanes and tropical storms. Seems that they work - bet they are pricey. But better than losing everything. My question is - how do you keep it from blowing away during the 100mph winds?
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#4507846 - 09/05/17 07:59 AM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Video says the big tube is also filled with water very heavy
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#4507849 - 09/05/17 08:02 AM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: Miller88]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
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Originally Posted By: Miller88
I've seen those things in use before during other hurricanes and tropical storms. Seems that they work - bet they are pricey. But better than losing everything. My question is - how do you keep it from blowing away during the 100mph winds?


If you watch the video the owner stated it cost a bit over $8K. A good investment against the expense and time to repair flood damage that could easily run over $100K.

A past neighbor in Katy has 2 estimates to repair flooding that runs over $200K and 16 weeks. Flood insurance and FEMA will cover about 25% and no living expenses. A home down the street protected by an Aqua Dam has only rain and wind damage which is in fact covered by a standard homeowner's policy and repairs are estimated to be complete in 60 days and their complete expenses including a motel and meals are covered. Big difference.

No user has ever reported the dam blowing away even with winds over 100 mph when correctly set up.

It's time to tell people that houses on stilts are beautiful.

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#4507854 - 09/05/17 08:13 AM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: OneEyeJack]
Bud Offline


Registered: 06/04/02
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
Originally Posted By: Miller88
I've seen those things in use before during other hurricanes and tropical storms. Seems that they work - bet they are pricey. But better than losing everything. My question is - how do you keep it from blowing away during the 100mph winds?


If you watch the video the owner stated it cost a bit over $8K. A good investment against the expense and time to repair flood damage that could easily run over $100K.

A past neighbor in Katy has 2 estimates to repair flooding that runs over $200K and 16 weeks. Flood insurance and FEMA will cover about 25% and no living expenses. A home down the street protected by an Aqua Dam has only rain and wind damage which is in fact covered by a standard homeowner's policy and repairs are estimated to be complete in 60 days and their complete expenses including a motel and meals are covered. Big difference.

No user has ever reported the dam blowing away even with winds over 100 mph when correctly set up.

It's time to tell people that houses on stilts are beautiful.


Makes me wonder about what type of flood policy they have. My flood building coverage is 250,000 with 100,000 for contents with 1,250 deductible on both.
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#4507864 - 09/05/17 08:38 AM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: OneEyeJack]
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I would worry more about a hard object crashing into it and creating a leak. I think the video said there is more inside than just water. How difficult would it be to get that dam to start leaking?
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#4507868 - 09/05/17 08:43 AM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: paulri]
OneEyeJack Offline


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Originally Posted By: paulri
I would worry more about a hard object crashing into it and creating a leak. I think the video said there is more inside than just water. How difficult would it be to get that dam to start leaking?


Go see one for yourself. I can't imagine that it's easy to puncture that material. The one I saw was repeatedly struck with a carpenter's hammer and that did nothing. And as far as being blown away, it's filled with water. Good luck even moving it with a tractor.

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#4507901 - 09/05/17 09:12 AM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: OneEyeJack]
Quattro Pete Offline


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Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
Aqua Dam saves home from Harvey flooding.

That's not Harvey. That video is from 2016. smile

Still neat, though, but only protects up to about 30". Some areas hit by Harvey got more than that.

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#4507925 - 09/05/17 09:34 AM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: OneEyeJack]
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No sound on this computer so I wasn't able to hear anything on the video. Filled with water makes sense - much less likely to blow away for sure.

For most hurricanes and tropical storms, 30" should be enough unless you're right next to the ocean or in a super low lieing area.

I live in a swamp ... even this wouldn't stop flooding at my place!!
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#4507936 - 09/05/17 09:50 AM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete

Still neat, though, but only protects up to about 30". Some areas hit by Harvey got more than that.


That's my biggest concern - if the water spills over the top, anyway
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#4507950 - 09/05/17 10:05 AM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: OneEyeJack]
HangFire Offline


Registered: 08/21/13
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Loc: Central Maryland
Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
[quote=Miller88]It's time to tell people that houses on stilts are beautiful.


They are. You can also keep your chickens, and a pig underneath. Or your OPE, but don't mix them with the farm animals, because they'll rust like crazy.
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#4507979 - 09/05/17 10:45 AM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Loc: Buffalo, NY
Great idea provided you can get it setup and filled in time. I'd imagine ~100-1000 homes trying to load them at the same time could get interesting. A lot of water.


Edited by JTK (09/05/17 10:45 AM)
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#4508022 - 09/05/17 11:22 AM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Yeah that video isn't Harvey, it's from a year or two ago.

The odds are flooding won't go higher than that, so it definitely paid for itself.
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#4508190 - 09/05/17 03:34 PM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: Nick1994]
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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Yeah that video isn't Harvey, it's from a year or two ago.

The odds are flooding won't go higher than that, so it definitely paid for itself.


Really? Flooding won't go higher than 30"?

Where are you getting your information? Storm surge is often several FEET. Can be over 20 feet in a big hurricane.

Here is a picture of the 2009 Nor'easter in my neighborhood. Surge from that storm was seven feet. That is four feet of water in the street...see the mailboxes? if you had a dam of 30"... well, it wouldn't have made any difference. A couple folks nearby lost their houses due to flooding.

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#4508412 - 09/05/17 08:08 PM Re: Aqua Dam saves home from flooding. [Re: Astro14]
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Registered: 02/19/13
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Originally Posted By: Astro14
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Yeah that video isn't Harvey, it's from a year or two ago.

The odds are flooding won't go higher than that, so it definitely paid for itself.


Really? Flooding won't go higher than 30"?

Where are you getting your information? Storm surge is often several FEET. Can be over 20 feet in a big hurricane.

Here is a picture of the 2009 Nor'easter in my neighborhood. Surge from that storm was seven feet. That is four feet of water in the street...see the mailboxes? if you had a dam of 30"... well, it wouldn't have made any difference. A couple folks nearby lost their houses due to flooding.


I said "the odds are".

Because if it were extremely common for neighborhoods to flood out over 30", then every single house on every single street would be rebuilt every single year.

Just because there's a hurricane doesn't mean your house WILL flood. It PROBABLY won't go over 30", which IMO makes this dam worth it.
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