Filling, Stacking & Placing Sandbags

Filling Sandbags


  • Fill sandbags one-half full. Sand is suggested if readily available, however, sand is not mandatory and soil may be used.
  • Fold top of sandbag down and rest the bag on its folded top.
Fill Sandbag
Fold Top of Sandbag Down

Stacking Sandbags


Care should be taken to stack the sandbags in accordance with the illustration (below). Place each sandbag as shown, completing each layer before starting the next layer.

Limit placement to two layers unless a building is used as a backing (below) or sandbags are pyramided as shown:
Water Runs Along Sandbags
House With Layers of Sandbags
Water Runs Along Sandbag Layer

Placing Sandbags to Divert Water & Debris


Place Bags Against Building

Sealing a Sliding Glass Door

Sealing Sliding Glass Door With Sandbags
Layers of Sandbags Protecting House