Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by Zoey Sky
If you’re living in an area that often experiences flooding due to inclement weather, knowing how to fill sandbags can help protect your property from water damage. Sandbag barriers are versatile and have other applications, such as being used for ballistic cover. (h/t to Survivopedia.com)
Sandbag barriers can be used as:
Because sandbags are inexpensive and simple to make, you can store tools needed to make them in a cache near your bugout location or property. Note that sandbag constructions are best for short-term use because modern sandbags are made of polypropylene.
Polypropylene is a simple chain polymer and it is often used to make food containers, laboratory equipment, packaging and water pipes. Because of the chemical structure of polypropylene, it has a high degradation rate when exposed to sources of ultraviolet (UV) light, such as sunlight.
When exposed to sunlight, the bonds holding this polymer together break, weakening the plastic after several years. If you’re using polypropylene sandbags, check them regularly.
If you plan to use sandbags for long-term projects, mix ten parts sand or soil with one-part cement. When using burlap sandbags, the cement/sand mixture can be mixed and placed dry, then sprinkled with water.
To protect sandbag structures against UV light, rot and abrasion, paint them with a cement slurry.
Filling sandbags is a simple process, but you often need a lot of them when building barriers. If you’re planning a sandbag construction, ask a friend or two for help so you can finish faster.
Sandbags are heavy. Follow the tips below to avoid accidents when filling sandbags or constructing a sandbag barrier.
It can be tiring to maintain a passing line when building a sandbag barrier. To minimize physical exertion, position the people so they’re staggered and facing each other.
Have the members of the line count off in ones and twos, then have the first group take a step back. Make the second group turn and face the first group to form a staggered passing line.
Before your property gets flooded, find the best place to set up your flood barrier.
Your pyramid-shaped flood barrier can help contain fast-moving water. While a sandbag and poly sheet barrier won’t keep the water out, you can deal with leakages by pumping the water out.
Never place sandbags over manhole covers. Instead, place sandbags in a ring around the manhole cover so the water can seek its own height.
Protect your home from water damage during floods by setting up a sandbag flood barrier before SHTF.