Protect your business and home from damaging flood waters by constructing a temporary dam or levee using sandbags. This is a cost effective but time consuming activity. Plan ahead to gather materials and supplies and use the principles and practices in this article for greater success.
The tips in this article are based on structures that are built on concrete slabs. Flood water can contain many hidden dangers. Including Raw Sewage, Trees, Chemical Waste and deadly debris. Even shallow water can move quickly enough to knock you off your feet so be careful.
Sandbags will not stop the water completely but can reduce the amount of water entering the home. They can also be used to block inside drains that are at risk of backflow such as toilet bowls and shower drains. You are best placed to decide when there is a need to sandbag the home. This is based on local knowledge and past flood events. Weather warnings may alert you to the need to start sandbagging.
Filling sandbags can an easy process with a bit of planning, preparation and precautions. There are Five main items to consider when preparing for a successful sandbag filling operation.