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Alternatives to the Sand Bag

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Sandbags protecting a neighborhood A temporary levee can be put together very quickly

Alternatives to the Sand Bag

One of the most common responses to concerns about storm-related flooding is a rush to create sand bag walls. However, there are alternatives to using these sometimes bulky and time-consuming barriers:

  • Water-filled tubes and barriers
  • Temporary sand levees
  • Absorbent fabric dams

One of these creative solutions could help you avoid flood damage during the next storm season.

Water-Filled Tubes and Barriers
One company has taken the sand bag, reworked it, and filled it with water instead of sand. This significantly reduces the time it takes to prepare for a heavy storm. The bags are also reusable, so they're easy to store in a shed on your property. A single tube replaces several bags of sands.
Another company offers a similar barrier on a much larger scale made of marine grade laminate, stainless steel, and PVC canvas reinforced with aluminum.

Temporary Sand Levees
If you have a good work crew and some heavy machinery, a temporary levee can be put together very quickly. This option still relies on sand, but uses equipment that speeds up the process, so more work is done within a shorter period of time. A speedy response may be one of the most important factors in avoiding flood damage.

Absorbent Fabric Dams
These solutions are often available at local hardware shops. Create quick flood dams by placing absorbent fabric in the path of the flood. As the barrier absorbs water, it expands and swells to create a 3.5-inch tall barrier. The fabric can be stacked for a higher dam. Another advantage to using this product is that the fabric shrinks as moisture evaporates, so it is a solution that can be left in place and reused.
Even with preventative steps, you may require the services of a Fort Collins, CO, flood damage cleanup and repair company. However, with these quick alternatives to a sand bag wall, you could significantly reduce the amount of damage to your property.

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