This is an interesting idea for homeowners who have basements that flood: make your own flood alarm. This device, first invented by a trio of high school students in Penang, was created to warn people who need to know about the rise of flood waters on a property. When the water level reaches 3 or 4 inches in height, an alarm sounds to warn people nearby.
Making your homemade flood alarm is going to require some ingenuity, because unfortunately, the inventors of the original model have not provided the world with very clear step-by-step instructions. In this tutorial, we’ll give our interpretation of the steps for making the alarm, but the exact process will depend on the kind of materials you acquire for this project. To get started, you’ll need:
Once you’ve got your materials together, you’re ready to MacGyver your flood alarm.
This is the flood alarm in a nutshell. Before you rely on the flood alarm to warn you about rising flood waters on your property, try testing the alarm in a controlled environment. Place it a bucket and fill it with water. As the water level in the bucket rises, the dowel inside the case should rise, and that should set off the trigger and turn on the alarm. You can see this process in action by taking a look at this video online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwOtla3riJM
It’s not enough to have a water alarm in your basement. Without a sump pump or some other form of water extraction device, your alarm will do no good. Installing a sump pump will ensure that you can remove the water as soon as it starts to flood your home or yard.
For sump pump installation services, call Terry’s Plumbing. With over 30 years in the business, we can expertly install a sump pump on your property.