How to Keep Sandbags Dry

 Lifting sandbags repetitively burdens the shoulders of any individual, and when the sandbags are wet, the task can become very labor intensive. The quality of your sandbags will determine how much labor you have to endure, especially during rain and storm season. When construction of a sandbag is poor or standard, water will seep in and make the bag heavier. With a little determination, general tips can help keep the sandbags dry even during use

1.Purchase commercial durable, sealable plastic. Packaging manufacturers such as Poly Pak America and Primary Packaging Inc. offer thick plastic packaging film, such as that used in lawn and gardening projects. Measure the size of the individual bags and double the length for calculations per bag. Multiply the number of bags you need to cover and request a quote.

2.Cut the plastic film to fit the sandbag. Local hardware stores sometimes let customers use a cutting machine on site. Cut the pieces of plastic according to your measurements. There are two options at this point: Take the plastic home and cover each bag, then sew the edges like a pillow, or take the bags to a store that has a heat sealer and use the store's service to seal the bags' plastic edges together.

3.Line the perimeter with a large plastic tarp or similar material. Fit along the base where the sandbags will be placed with a thick tarp that will act as a barrier between the water and the bags. Plastic tarps are available at most local building centers and hardware stores. During seasons of duress, organizations such as FEMA have environmental items available without cost to you. Contact your local government agency to ask if you qualify for assistance. Obtain enough plastic to cover the top of the sandbags to prevent rain from saturating the sandbags.

4.Build a bank made of topsoil or dirt 20 yards outside the water bank. Bring the rim up at least double the height of the water level. Put plastic on the rim top, with extra to pull over the bags once in place. Apply sandbags atop the bank and pull the extra plastic over the top to keep the bags dry. If you do not have topsoil or dirt for a bank, bedrocks, miscellaneous biodegradable debris and yard waste such as compost can be used. Building centers sell truckloads of topsoil or dirt, and local residents may offer it in classified ads for a cheaper rate.

5.Buy water-resistant sandbags. Some companies, such as Dayton Bag and Burlop, sell water-resistant sandbags. These bags are extremely durable, but because of the fabrics used, they tend to cost more than the standard bags from the local building center. Call several manufacturers to compare prices and get the best deal if you have time to do so before you need the bags.

More information on protecting yourself from flooding can be found on the Sosavebag website:


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