Sand bags and flood barriers: selecting the right product for you

Flood barriers in actionMaking sure you have the best flood protection is vital. It will save you money and time, and ultimately could save your life. Floods across the UK caused an estimated £5 billion damage in 2015. You can protect your home or business with the use of sand bags and flood barriers.

Having a good flood defence system can help prevent property damage and resulting costs. Flood defence products can be difficult to track down ‘off the shelf’. Here at Drainage Superstore, we have a range of both sand bags and flood barriers to help protect you from adverse weather conditions.

Sand bags

The most common type of flood defence is the old-fashioned sand bag. Enough of these laid down will provide strong protection against a flood. However, you will usually need to use a lot of them for the system to be effective, and they can take some time to set up.

HydroSnake Sandbag Flood BarrierIn recent years, a more suitable product has come to market: The HydroSnake range of sand bag flood barriers. The HydroSnake can absorb up to 20 litres of water or sewage, and subsequently hold back further excess.

Before use, the HydroSnake weighs less than half a kilo. Upon contact with the water, the highly absorbent polymer gels together and expands to hold up to 40 times its own weight.

HydroSnakes are an essential accessory for plumbers or wherever there is danger of flooding. They will retain their bulk for up to three months and are eco-friendly. To dispose of them, you simply slit the pads and release the contents into the earth or sewage.

Flood barriers

Manthorpe Airbrick Flood DefenceFor a more permanent solution, consider installing flood barriers. One such product is the Manthorpe Airbrick Flood Defence, a discreet solution to the problem of flooding from unprotected air ducts. These do away with the need to source and position sandbags. You would typically need many sandbags to cover each air brick.

In the event of a flood, the easy-to-fit cover clips onto a vent to stop water from entering. The product is designed to cover the opening of a 9″ x 3″ plastic, clay or concrete air brick. The bright yellow cover reminds the homeowner to remove the Airbrick Flood Defence when flood waters subside.

Another barrier defence product we recommend is the Floodstop Floor Defence Barrier from Fluvial Innovations. The 0.5m high barrier provides proven and effective flood prevention. You can assemble it to any length and arrange it to suit any direction and opening. One person can rapidly deploy the system.

Hydroshield PRO Heavy Duty Flood BarrierWhen in use, the modular units fill with rising flood waters. Combined with the weighted universal keys, this ensures that the waters are held back.

For a heavy duty option, the Hydroshield PRO Heavy Duty Flood Barrier from the Flood Company will make sure that you are protected from even the most severe conditions. The Hydroshield PRO is a heavy duty flood defence barrier designed to last a lifetime in harsh environments. This makes it the ideal solution for wide apertures and demountable wall defence.

Be sure to regularly check flood warnings from GOV.UK to avoid being caught out. For help choosing sand bags and flood barriers, call our drainage experts on 01752 692 221. They will be happy to help.