3 Ways Sandbags Are Used During Hurricanes

3 Ways Sandbags Are Used During Hurricanes

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recently released an outlook calling for a 60% likelihood of an above-average hurricane season. With these big storms expected, consumers will be more ready than ever to stock up on sandbags for use during hurricanes. Let Halsted keep your sandbag inventory full throughout this season.

Halsted Can Help With Sandbags for Hurricanes

Halsted is one of the largest importers of woven propylene sandbags in North America. Our woven polypropylene sandbags are UV treated for extended use and include an attached tie string for easy closure. We stock millions of polypropylene sandbags nationwide for flood prevention and protection, ground and erosion control, emergency management, and highway construction. 

Our sandbags are available in white, black, high-visibility orange, and landscape friendly green. We stock a variety of size options for these bags, including 14×26, 15×27, 17×27, and 18×30. Don’t forget to ask us about our heavy-duty sandbag options to keep the floodwater at bay! 

Here are some of the ways our woven polypropylene sandbags can help in the event of a hurricane. 

1. Used as Levees, Berms, and Barricades

A levee is an embankment, floodwall, or structure along a watercourse. A well-built levee can reduce and even prevent storm water damage altogether. Sandbag wall levees should be used when a very low and relatively short water barrier is required. 

It should be noted that sandbag levees are labor-intensive and have more opportunities for error during construction. However, they do not require heavy equipment and can be constructed by a small group of individuals. Stagger and stairstep the bags of sand along the levee to provide as much water protection as possible. 

2. Redirect Storm Debris Away From Residential Areas

Floods often cause millions of dollars in residential water damage. They are nightmares for homeowners and insurance agencies alike. Sandbag walls can be used for protection to help direct water from the storm and debris flow away from homes and other property. 

To form a wall, place the bags of sand tightly against one another to form the first layer of defense. Stagger the second and subsequent layers of bags, much like the pattern of bricks in a wall. This will optimize the wall, making it as sturdy as possible for your emergency management needs. 

3. Cover Drains to Stop Contaminated Water From Backflow

A backflow of greywater is a legitimate threat during big storms. This happens when too much water builds up in floor wastes and drains. Sandbags should be placed over these drains, which can be found in laundry rooms, showers, and bathrooms. Most standard homes and buildings on a concrete slab can be protected with fewer than 25 bags of sand.  

Call Us Today For Your Sandbag Needs

Halsted is one of the largest wholesalers of woven polypropylene sandbags in North America. Our sandbags are available to resellers and distributors only. Sandbags come in bales of 1,000 bags, with as many as 16,000 sandbags fitting on a single pallet. Halsted offers distributors with price breaks at bale, pallet, and truckload quantities. Contact us today for your sandbags before the hurricanes hit! 

What Are Sandbags Used For During a Hurricane?

Sandbags are one of the best things you can use to protect your structure during a hurricane. These bags help keep backwater and debris away from your structure to prevent flooding. Outside your house, inside your garage, and along the exterior doors are important places to place sandbags. While sandbags will not prevent flooding, they will keep debris, leaves, and backwater away from the main entry points. 

How To Use Sandbags For a Hurricane

The best way to sandbags to increase protection against the elements is to lay them flat. You can lay them down against the main entry points the same way you would lie down bricks. Stagger the sandbags in a tight row to ensure you fill in any gaps. Simply start at one end and lay them in a row, tucking each end of the sandbag under the next one. If you lay them on top of one another, pat each one down flat before you lay the next one on top. You should aim for at least 1 foot high if you’re placing them along the garage floor or entry point.  

Where to Put Sandbags During a Hurricane?

Many people wonder where to put sandbags during a hurricane. If you know a hurricane is on the way, placing sandbags along the entry points of your structure is a good way to prepare. You can build a small wall along your front door, garage door, or back patio. It’s also helpful to place one over toilets or shower drains to prevent backwater from entering your home.

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