Sandbagging is the traditional and easiest way of flood defence we often use because they are readily available and budget-friendly. But its reliability is most of the time questionable.
Tropical countries in Southeast Asia were visited by roughly around 25 typhoons annually.
On the average 3-5 typhoons were strong and always leaves huge disaster to some countries.
It takes months (or even years), for an affected country to fully recover after being hit by a typhoon.
Severe flooding and flash floods are one of the most dealt problem during the typhoon season. The major defense mechanism of people against flooding are the sandbags. But the effectiveness of this procedure is very uncertain.
The big question is, can you count on these sandbags when your life and assets are at risk?
Let us jot down some of the disadvantages of sandbagging, and see for yourself if this method can save you and your properties from further damages.
1.Making sandbags is time consuming!
Producing sandbags consumes a lot of work. From purchasing of sacks and sands, filling the sacks with sand, and piling the sandbags to entry-point of water. The typhoon might have been there already before accomplishing these things.
2.Sandbagging needs a lot of manpower.
If you need to get your protection done before the typhoon reached your area, you need at least 5 to 10 people to do the work for this sandbagging method.
3.Sandbags are hard to dispose.
One of the disadvantage of sandbags is seen on the aftermath of a typhoon. After battling for the water to penetrate your house you will think of where to dispose these used sandbags that are unfortunately good for single use only.
4.Sandbags produce a lot of mess/dirt.
Because sandbags basically contains sand, after being soaked or entered with water, the sand becomes mud. These produces more work and hassle because of the cleaning process.
5.Sandbags are not reliable when it come to durability
Sandbags can only withstand a short amount of water. It cannot even tolerate a strong amount of water pressure. Because of its cheap materials, sandbags are easily broken when exposed to heavy rains and flash floods.
6.Sandbags are inefficient solution for flooding.
On this picture you can definitely the inefficiency of sandbags with flooding. No more explanation, let the picture speaks for itself!
A common misconception is that sandbags are a cheap cost- effective method of flood defense; however this is not the case. If you will be computing the overall cost of sandbags per time of usage, it will still cost a lot. Sandbags are basically not designed for long term use. You will just repeat your expenses and process of making it over and over again.
It is always best to seek for a more reliable and effective way of protecting your properties from the damages of flood. Different Flood Control solutions were now out the market. It may cost a little bit expensive, but you are rest assured of the quality and are designed for a long-term use.
So you better think now! Stay away from this old-fashioned sandbagging method, and start protecting your properties from flooding having no worry at all.