Average insurance payout from flooding in US is more than $50,000 but you can prevent this with FloodSax® alternative sandbags
FloodSax® are a multi-purpose alternative to traditional sandbags and are way easier to store, transport and deploy.
Just like sandbags, FloodSax® can be built into barriers to keep floodwater out of homes and businesses.
Everyone is responsible for protecting their home or business from flooding and multi-purpose FloodSax® alternative sandbags are an affordable and very effective way to do this.
The cost of flood damage was approximately $17 billion EVERY YEAR between 2010 and 2018, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The average payout on a flood claim from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was $52,000 in 2019.
Flooding wrecks the very fabric of your home – walls will need replastering and floors relaying – as well as destroying your possessions. Any electrical items such as TVs, dishwashers and tumble dryers will need to be thrown away if they are damaged by floodwater.
According to a survey by insurance company Swiss Re, 43% of Americans believe their homeowners insurance covers them for flood damage. But homeowners’ insurance does not cover flood-related problems. Their insurance is generally limited to problems like burst pipes - not a flood from water on the ground. Only 15% of homeowners have flood coverage.
How FloodSax® work and how to build FloodSax into flood-resistant barriers
FloodSax® can quickly be built into barriers to protect doors – be that your front door, patio door, garage door or warehouse door – from flooding.
FloodSax® are vacuum-packed in packs of five in easy to carry bags and four packs fit into one cardboard box weighing just 21lbs (9.5kilos)– that’s the equivalent to 20 traditional sandbags and imagine trying to lift and shift them to both store and then putting them in place when a flood is about to happen.
To deploy FloodSax® as alternative sandbags when a flood is forecast or is actually happening, simply immerse the FloodSax® in 20 litres of water in a large bucket or tub. You could even use a hosepipe or, if time is really critical, use the floodwater itself.
The FloodSax® will then expand in around five minutes to weigh 20kg (44lbs). A special gelling polymer inside simply absorbs the water and then keeps it in the FloodSax® so it can be used for however long the emergency lasts, which could be several months.
Each row of FloodSax® will keep out approximately 6 inches of water and usually two or three rows are enough to keep floodwater out. Just lay the FloodSax® next to one another and then the row on top across the joins below to make it a firm barrier. FloodSax® are so heavy and tough, water blasted at them through a firefighting hose won’t shift them.
During torrential rain, a row of FloodSax® two high kept a deluge of floodwater out of a company’s warehouse. The business had previously been flooded in the warehouse which had led to a $354,000 insurance claim and when the FloodSax® kept the floodwater at bay there was high technology electrical equipment valued at more than $500,000 in the warehouse. The FloodSax® stopped any water from getting in and damaging the equipment.
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FloodSax® factfile including sizes and weights
Each FloodSax® is made up of 4 layers with 12 internal absorbent sections creating a multi-chamber system to keep the water fully absorbed. These absorbent chambers are then sewn together into an outer sleeve of a nonwoven material.
Each FloodSax® weighs just under 1lb (0.39 kilos) before it comes into contact with water and is 52cms by 53cms by 1.5cms in size. After it has absorbed the water it will be about 20cms deep and the same length and width.
A box of 20 FloodSax® weighs just 21lbs (9.5kilos) and is 55cms by 54cms by 15cms so can easily be carried by one person. They would struggle to carry just one sandbag.
Disposing of FloodSax®
FloodSax® alternative sandbags should be disposed of once they have been used to stop flooding … and the same goes for traditional sandbags.
This is because floodwater is always contaminated and this could range from sewage and chemicals to fuel and oil.
Most of this inner material within a FloodSax® - the gelling polymer and wood pulp - is biodegradable so if you want to shrink the FloodSax® after use cut across it diagonally from corner to corner with a knife and then pour table salt on the white inners which will break down the polymer.
This reduces the size of the FloodSax® which can then be thrown into the general waste to go to landfill where most of it will biodegrade over time. If short of time, the FloodSax® can be thrown away without cutting it across and adding the salt.
Always wear gloves to reduce the risk of contamination.
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