Cleaning Technology for Extreme Weather
Some parts of the world experience severe weather conditions that require the use of tools to help you with the aftermath. Extreme weather includes blizzards, storms, heat waves, tornadoes, etc. In some countries, you will even find a snow plow service that regularly furrows areas littered with snow. This is one example of how cleaning technology is making our lives much easier. These services and tools help us to guard not only our loved ones but also help with the clean-up operations for our properties such as homes and businesses too and help with the mop-up operations after a significant weather event. Here are some of the cleaning technologies for extreme weather conditions.
Sonar in flooding
Nearly everyone has experienced a severe storm that causes flooding at least once in their lifetime, with it happening more often in this day and age. While we know storms are caused by the weather and climate change, what exactly leads to flooding? Well, several things. Heavy rains, when ocean waves come on shore, when the snow melts too quickly, when dams break, and even when the sewer system is inadequate or has not been maintained. These are largely the main causes. Cleaning up after a flood is quite dangerous. You are facing debris and water and that’s a dangerous combination. However, there is the technology that can help in these situations.
Earlier in June, major flooding in New South Wales and Sydney, Australia caused havoc. A massive concern was that underwater floods in rivers were hiding extremely dangerous debris. So how did the clean-up crews find the debris? They used sonar technology. So, what is this sonar technology? It emits pulses of sound waves that are then able to detect objects that are submerged. Furthermore, sonar also uses echoes that create a dataset which is then used to create an image of the shape of the debris. When clean-up crews took on the job, they suspected to find anything from caravans to farming equipment.
How to clean up after a snowstorm
Did you know there are self-driving snowplows or autonomous vehicles? Well, they exist, and these little machines are all about making mop-up operations after a snowstorm much easier. So, what is it and how does it work? Essentially, this machine is here to clean up the snow from your driveway when there’s a storm and in general. Usually, blizzards are scary and dangerous and can cause significant snow days, but it’s become so much easier to clean up when one does take place. Dubbed an autonomous snowblower robot by its inventors, this tiny machine will clean up your driveway, the sidewalk, and your yard too. What’s more, it can do this throughout the day.
What about hurricanes?
A hurricane is a large rotating storm with intense winds that form over warm waters in tropical areas. Fun fact, hurricanes are named after people, especially in the US. So, what technology can be used to mop up after a hurricane? There are a few tools:
- Beach dredger: This is a technique used to rebuild beaches after a storm. A beach dredger scours the ocean floor for sand and then pumps it back onto the beach.
- Sterling knuckle boom truck: Often after extreme weather events, you realize that the tools and technology you currently have are just not going to cut it. This is where the sterling knuckle boom truck comes in. This massive dump truck is used to move massive amounts of rubble around.
- Water pump: Whenever there is water involved it is always recommended to use a water pump since it can transport large volumes of water rapidly.
- Chainsaws: In hurricane season, you can expect large trees and even buildings to topple over due to the strong winds. Let’s not get started on how hectic it is in residential areas after a storm, this is where you can use the humble chainsaw. To remove trees that have been quite literally uprooted in some cases, you can chop them up into smaller pieces for ease of use. A chainsaw does come in handy.
Cleaning technology is advancing and inventors are watching weather patterns closely to determine the best possible solutions for now and the future.
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.