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Standard safes are not waterproof, even though some models have what look like seals around the doors.
Having a waterproof safe, is far more common place in environments that experience extreme weather conditions. The USA or Japan are such countries. However, the UK has experienced an increase wet weather and flooding over the recent years.
Not all safes are waterproof and only selected models from Sentry Safe and Masterlock. These models also feature fire protection, however they do not achieve a high cash rating as they are not tested for security. This means your extra security you’re looking for is compromised for water proofing.
All the Sentry Safe and Masterlock safes with water protection do not come pre-drilled with holes. These models may also have fire protection as well. Were you to drill holes in the base to secure them, you may compromise the water protection. The best way to secure these types of safes is to use a chemical fixing method which would need to be applied directly to concrete.
This does mean you would not be able to take it with you should you move properties. If there is a necessity to have the water protection it might be an idea to have a seperate safe that you bolt down in a different location for securing valuables.
Some fire safes come with a seal around the door particularly if they have fire protection. This helps to seal the door in the event of a fire or flooding, this does not mean it will also be waterproof. No safe can be made 100% waterproof. If you have a specific requirement for one then we suggest you look at the Masterlock and Sentry Safe ranges.
Models from our waterproof range have been tested to be submerged in water of up to 8 inches for up to 24 hours. The door of the safe, when it closes, creates a vacuum that helps to give you the protection from water. All Sentry Safe and Masterlock safes with water resistance feature an electronic lock. The only time they would fail is if water got into the electrics.
An alternative to a waterproof safe is a waterproof heavy duty chest. These are also fireproof but have known to be seen floating around in a basement or cellar after flooding. Please check our product pages for exact specifications of the water protection as each model may vary.
All models that are waterproof or water resistance from the Sentry Safe and Masterlock ranges have a closed-cell foam gasket. When you close the door it creates a pressure that makes a barrier to the water. This has been tested and is proven over time to give you peace of mind that items are protected.
There is a difference between resistant and proof. A water-resistant safe will protect its contents from water up to a certain point before water can penetrate the unit, for example through a key lock. Waterproof means the unit will not let in any water at all for a period of time. Look for safes with combination locks.
Yes. The range of Sentry Safe and Masterlock models that are waterproof will also be fireproof for either 60 minutes or 120 minutes. Your insurance may request fire protection over other security to it is always checking this if you are a business. So as not to compromise the water protection, you may need to chemically fix the safe. Please call us for further information on this.
Protection against water damage has become more popular in the UK in recent years, particularly with the increase of housing being built on floodplains. It might be worth considering checking your postcode online to see if your area is at any risk.
Choosing a waterproof safe will mean you have fire protection as well giving you greater peace of mind. Ensure your valuables are protected today, please call one of our friendly sales team if you wish to discuss fixing options.