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What To Know About Sandbags and Sandbag Alternatives

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Sandbags for flood defense The use of a sand bag may help protect your business

What To Know About Sandbags and Sandbag Alternatives

If you own a business in a location such as Highland Beach, FL, which experiences frequent storms, you may have considered a sand bag wall as a form of protection against flooding. A local storm damage restoration service can help with cleanup and repairs after flooding has occurred, but often protecting the business in the first place can help prevent large scale damages. Here are a few things you may want to know.

1. How Sandbags Work

The concept of a water barrier is that an object heaver that the force of the water flowing against it can remain immovable and protect the area behind it from flooding. Sandbags are one preferred method because many small bags can be arranged in a variety of formations in order to create a wall in the shape and height necessary to protect the space. Sand bags can even absorb some of the water and become heavier making them more resistant to the push of flowing storm water.

2. What Similar Systems Are Available

In addition to sand bag walls there are other forms of water barriers. Flood dams can be formed from concrete barriers, raise-able metal sections that form walls, and even inner tube type bags filled with water. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type, so you may want to consult a professional before choosing the best fit for your business.

3. Where To Set Up Barriers

Part of preventing flood damage includes understanding where to set up preventive barriers. Don’t try to dam the water flow, but use the barriers to direct it in a safe flow path. Create the walls in a way that keeps water away from doors and window wells, but also give the water a route into safe drainage spaces such as empty lots, drainage ditches, or gardens.

The use of a sand bag wall or similar barrier against flooding may help protect your business in the case severe weather may cause flooding. This mitigation step can also help prevent large scale damages to the property. Remember, if damage does occur a storm damage restoration service may be able to help.

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