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3 Sandbagging Alternatives

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Inflatable dam, water inflated flood barrier Inflatable barriers are empty bladders that inflate when filled with water

3 Sandbagging Alternatives

The sand bag has been employed as a tool for protecting buildings from rising waters for decades. This tool can be effective, but there are other alternatives.

1. Inflatable Barriers

Inflatable barriers are empty bladders that inflate when filled with water. Once filled with water, they act as flood dams that can block up to six feet of water and silt. When no longer needed, the water can be drained from the barrier, making this an environmentally friendly solution. These barriers are relatively easy to set up, but if you have a large property to protect, purchasing enough of them to create a perimeter around the property can be expensive.

2. Flood Fence Barriers

Flood fence barriers have become a popular sand bag alternative due to their portability and versatility. Flood fences can be erected around the perimeter of a building and moved as needed. Because they need to be in place before flooding beings, they work best as an option for flooding that can be predicted in advance, such as that from an approaching hurricane or a nearby body of water that has been forecast to reach flood stage.

3. Plastic Polytube Flood Barriers

Polytube flood barriers are long tubes that can be filled with sand, dirt or other substances. The tubes work similarly to the other alternatives by being placed around the perimeter of the property to be protected and acting as a barrier to floodwaters. These tubes are relatively easy to fill and place but can be cumbersome to move once filled.
The sand bag is a tried and true tool for protecting property from flooding, but there are alternatives on the market that are easier to set up, more flexible to use and more eco-friendly. Choosing one of these alternatives may help protect your property from flood damage. However, no flood protection method is foolproof. If floodwaters have affected your building in Lakeshire, MO, you may need professional flood remediation services.

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