Single-Use vs. Reusable Flood Barriers

Single-use flood barriers are built to be deployed just once and left in place. A reusable flood barrier can be installed several times, every time there is a new storm or natural disaster. While reusable flood barriers may seem more cost-effective, that is not always the case. 

TrapBag® flood protection barriers are not designed to be reusable, but that is because they come in connected wall sections and are filled at the site of installation. To move a filled TrapBag barrier would require an amount of time and energy that isn’t sensible. Our deployment process is easy and quick, but our product is intended to stay where it’s put.

When to Use Single-Use Flood Barriers

Single-use flood barriers like TrapBag are best used when the flood barrier is expected to be used in a single spot and will not require relocation. An example is a lake or creek that experiences seasonal flooding. Our bags are best utilized in the same location for several years, in situations where weather conditions cause a rise in water level and endanger your property. 

A reusable flood barrier, on the other hand, is better for areas where the floodplain is unpredictable and changes on a regular basis. It’s important to know that reusable doesn’t necessarily mean a product is high quality or built stronger, just that it can be stored and utilized again at a later time. 

Benefits of Single-Use Temporary Flood Protection Barriers

Low-Cost Flood Prevention

TrapBag is an affordable option for creating flood protection barriers. We’re proud to offer a low-cost solution that never sacrifices on quality.

An order of 30 standard filled sandbags will typically cost about $1,000, and a person will likely need several orders to complete the project. A 40-foot-long plastic flood protection barrier by other brands can cost over $3,000. Compare those to our 50-foot TrapBag flood barrier sections that are available for $1,375. We also offer discounts when customers buy in bulk, with a purchase of 8 or more TrapBag barrier sections costing just $1,125 each. 

Downfalls of Reusable Flood Bags

Reusable flood bags typically don’t come in connected sections like TrapBag does. Instead, they are usually sold in individual units. This makes the process of deployment lengthy and tiresome, as the person carrying out the project continuously walks back and forth stacking pre-filled bags.

Some reusable flood barriers rely on water for activation. While this seems convenient, most are not very high, reaching only nine inches to a foot above ground when inflated. There is also something to be said about the peace of mind when flood protection barriers can be set up ahead of time, in preparation for flooding. A reusable flood barrier cannot always do that.  

A reusable flood barrier may endure punctures when it is being relocated, and most people would never notice. Barriers that are activated with water are built like a water hose and are especially vulnerable to punctures when they are not filled. A puncture creates a weakness in the flood water barrier and makes it more likely that water will break through past the barrier. With TrapBag’s accordion-like structure, you can rest assured that even if one bag gets punctured, your flood protection barrier will not fail.

Why Choose TrapBag?

Our product design was developed with the intention to be rapidly deployed during emergency floods. The pentagonal bags are vertical on one side and sloped on the other to create an innovative system that maximizes the expansion of the waterline and stays sturdy. 

Our flood water barriers that come in 50-foot sections can be connected together for complete coverage. They can be installed along the perimeter of a lake, stream, river, or any other body of water. TrapBags are built with higher efficiency than standard sandbags, requiring 40% less fill. 

TrapBags surpass any reusable flood barrier in performance and have a lifespan of 5 years, making TrapBags a long-term flood prevention method. The cells of our flood barrier walls reinforce one another but don’t rely on each other for support. If one of the cells is punctured, the rest of the system will not fail. Our traditional flood barriers come in 2-foot and 4-foot heights, and we even have cofferdam solution products that reach 6 feet. 

Prevent Flooding with TrapBag Flood Protection Barriers

TrapBag is a single-use flood barrier that has the strength, quality, and endurance that reusable flood barriers simply can’t match. Visit our shop and make an order to get started on installing flood protection barriers. 

If you have any questions about how to set up TrapBags for flood prevention, we have a video that demonstrates the process and have a support hotline that is available 24/7 to assist you. Don’t let lake or river flooding devastate your property. Order our flood protection barriers today. 



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