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Sandbagging is a flood prevention technique that has been around for centuries. You can build a barrier with sand bags to help divert and stop water from getting inside vulnerable doors and around foundations.
How to Use Sand Bags
Traditional sand bags are an effective way to deflect water and help protect structures from flooding. Sand bags can be made of burlap, polypropylene, polyethylene and nylon. Any of these materials will suffice for sand bags, though nylon bags are coated with urethane for added water resistance, and they use double-stitched seams for increased durability. Consider nylon for a strong synthetic material that has minimal chance of tearing and leaking.
Before starting, determine how high you want the sand bag wall to be. Measure the length of your bags to help you determine the number of sand bags you’ll need.
Step 1: Prepare the Site of Your Wall
Clear debris from the area where you want to build the wall. Don’t build on uneven ground or around curves or sharp turns.
Step 2: Place the First Row of Sand Bags
A person stacking sand bags.
For sand bag placement, ensure that the bag flap is folded under, facing away from potential floodwater. If using a tied bag, flare the tied end out. Place the bag lengthwise, parallel to the direction of the water flow. Tamping down on the top of the sand bags before placing the next row will help create a better seal.
Step 3: Overlap Sand Bags
A stack of sand bags.
When stacking the second and third rows, stagger the bags on top of the previous bag by offsetting by half the length on top of the previous bag, similar to the process for laying bricks or subway tiles.
Step 4: Shape High Barriers Like Pyramids
A wall of sand bags.
For barriers over three rows high, build the wall in a pyramid shape. The base of the pyramid should be three times wider than it is tall with the bags overlapping at the seams.
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