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When facing the threat of flooding, one of the most accessible and effective defenses you can deploy is sandbags. Properly filled and stacked sandbags can create a barrier that holds back floodwaters, protects structures, and prevents erosion. This guide is designed to educate homeowners, government agencies, and businesses involved in flood management on the best practices for using sandbags to combat flooding effectively.

Flooding can occur with little warning and cause extensive damage to homes, landscapes, and infrastructure. Sandbags are a critical tool in flood mitigation, offering a low-cost, high-impact method to divert water and protect assets. Understanding how to properly prepare and deploy these bags can significantly increase their effectiveness.

Choosing the Right Sandbags

Before you begin your flood protection preparations, it’s essential to select the right type of sandbags for the task. At Midwest Sandbags, we specialize in providing two distinct grades of polypropylene sandbags to cater to different needs: Regular Duty and Super Duty.


  • Regular Duty Sandbags: These sandbags are designed for general use, perfect for residential or light commercial applications. Whether you’re managing minor water flow or setting up barriers for temporary events, our Regular Duty sandbags offer a reliable solution. They are durable enough to handle moderate weather conditions and can be easily deployed when you need fast, effective flood control.
  • Super Duty Sandbags: For those facing more severe conditions or requiring a more robust defense against the elements, our Super Duty sandbags are the ideal choice. These are built to withstand tough, prolonged exposure to harsh environments. Their enhanced durability makes them suitable for critical flood protection efforts, heavy-duty construction projects, and any situation where superior barrier strength is necessary.

Midwest Sandbags ensures that whether you choose Regular Duty for lighter tasks or Super Duty for heavy demands, both options provide excellent performance in wet conditions. Our products are crafted to meet high standards, ensuring that you have the most effective tools at your disposal when floodwaters threaten.

When selecting the right sandbag for your needs, consider the specific challenges of your environment and the level of protection you require. Our team is here to assist you in making the best choice for your situation, offering both products directly through our website. Contact Midwest Sandbags today for more information on our offerings and advice on building a robust flood defense system.

How to Fill Sandbags

Properly filling sandbags is crucial to their performance. Here’s how to do it right:

Step 1: Gathering Materials

When preparing for flood protection or other barrier needs, having the right supplies is crucial. At Midwest Sandbags, we provide high-quality empty sandbags that are essential for any sandbagging endeavor. Whether for residential use, emergency flood barriers, or commercial applications, our Regular Duty and Super Duty polypropylene sandbags are designed to meet various demands.

Purchasing Empty Sandbags: You can easily order our empty sandbags directly from our online store. We offer both Regular Duty and Super Duty options to cater to different levels of need. Regular Duty sandbags are ideal for lighter, temporary setups, while our Super Duty sandbags are perfect for more severe conditions, offering enhanced durability and resilience in harsh weather.

To start, you will need the following:

  • Empty sandbags from Midwest Sandbags—select the type that best suits your needs.
  • Sand to fill your bags for weight and structure.
  • A shovel for filling sandbags efficiently.
  • Gloves to protect your hands during the filling process.

Our user-friendly website makes purchasing straightforward, and we are committed to providing products that help effectively manage water flow and protect against flooding. 

Step 2: Filling the Bag


  • Fill the bag to just half or two-thirds full. Overfilled bags are less flexible and harder to stack. The right amount of sand will allow the bags to mold together and form a tight barrier.
  • Avoid using dirt. Sand is preferable as it is less likely to retain moisture and more effective at blocking water.

Step 3: Closing the Bag

Once filled, twist the top of the bag closed and fold it under the bag. This helps to secure the sand inside and makes the bags easier to stack.

Stacking Sandbags

Once you have your sandbags filled, the next step is to stack them effectively to create a barrier.

Step 1: Prepare the Ground

Clear the area where you will lay the sandbags, removing debris and sharp objects that could puncture the bags.

Step 2: Place the Bags

  • Start at one end and work to the other. Lay each bag tightly against the next, pressing the earth to remove air gaps.
  • Stack them in staggered layers, much like laying bricks. Each layer should stagger over the joint in the layer below.

Step 3: Seal the Barrier

Once your barrier is in place, you can cover the top layer of sandbags with plastic sheeting before placing a final layer of sandbags on top. This sheeting helps to deflect water away from the sandbags and increases the effectiveness of the barrier.

Sandbags for Flood Protection

While sandbags are not a permanent solution to flooding, they are an effective temporary measure when used correctly. By following these steps for filling and stacking sandbags, you can create a robust barrier that significantly mitigates the impact of floodwaters.

For more detailed information on flood protection and to purchase high-quality sandbags, visit Midwest Sandbags or contact us for bulk orders and personalized advice.


Super Sack Lift Bags - $10 per bag 

White Regular Duty Empty Sandbags - $0.13 per bag
Full pallet of 190 Super Sacks must be purchased to recieve sale price. White regular duty empty sandbags sold in bales of 1000. Available while supplies last.