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3 Alternatives to Using Sand Bags for Flood Prevention

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Man extracting water with vacuum on a commercial building Water extraction after storm damage.

Try The Following Three Alternatives

When you live and work in Lippitt, RI, you expect to have to deal with flooding from time to time. In order to prepare your business, you watch the news carefully and run out for sandbags to build dams around your business. You've often wondered: is there a better way? While this method of flood prevention has its merits, it's not very convenient or cost-effective. Here are three alternatives to try instead.

1. AquaFence 

If your business is located in an office park or strip mall, you're not the only business owner interested in flood damage prevention. This product is meant to protect large areas, like city blocks, so have everyone pitch in for this one. Once you have it, it takes a few people to set up and can then be stored away for the next emergency.

2. HydraBarrier 

For your stand-alone business, something like the HydraBarrier might make more sense. Each of these barriers replaces several sandbags and uses water to fight the water. You quickly fill the bags with water to create flood dams around your business. Drain them when you're finished and store them for later.

3. QuickDam 

The QuickDam is the most easily deployed option available. This superabsorbent material pulls in water to create a barrier. You can stack them for high water protection. Once floodwaters recede, the material will shrink back to its original size so that it, too, can be reused.
While sandbags may be cost-effective in the short term or for infrequent flooding, water barriers that can be reused from flood to flood and year to year are ultimately more beneficial for your bottom line. No barrier is perfect and it is likely that in the event of a significant weather event, your business may suffer from flood damage. Contact a water damage restoration company to help with repairs.
In places that flood frequently, alternative flood dams will be better for your business and for the environment.

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