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Beyond Sandbagging: Tips for Flood Control

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Image of sand bags placed in front of a blue door. Sand bags used as a barrier.

A flood in Layton, UT, can leave your building in shambles. You probably know the tried-and-true flood prevention measures that can deter water for a little while, but are you aware of newer methods on the market? If you want to think beyond the sand bag, here are some other options that may help you protect your business better.

2 Other Options For Flood Control

Reusable Dams

You probably have trusted local flood restoration experts on speed dial, but everyone knows it's better to avoid flood damage in the first place. Sand bags are handy, but it can take a long time to fill them or put them in place. A makeshift dam may be a faster option. There are several reusable dams on the market:

  • QuickDam- expands to block flooding as it absorbs it.
  • AquaDam- fills with water to provide a 4-foot barrier.
  • HydraBarrier- replaces multiple sand bags when you fill the tube with water.

A sand bag is only one small barrier to water that threatens to seep into your building during a storm. Reusable dams are faster to use, allowing you to protect a larger area than just your doors and windows.

Instant Levees

Why stop at just protecting the building itself? You can purchase a larger apparatus that completely surrounds your building, providing an instant levee when you fill it or assemble it. This may be especially appealing to property owners who want to protect the grounds or other structures on the land in which they have invested a lot of money. Flood cleanup typically goes more quickly outside, but putting up an instant levee when you know a storm is on its way can keep problems at bay altogether.
Sandbagging can be marginally effective, but it's time consuming to fill and place each sand bag.

Other barrier options let you protect more of your property in a shorter amount of time.

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