Traditional sandbags rot and fail to protect older person’s home from flooding but FloodSax alternative sandbags save the day


Traditional sandbags are likely to let you down in a flooding emergency which is just what happened to an older person.

She had a row of sandbags to try to divert water from pouring down her driveway and into her home.

But she called in FloodSax alternative sandbags when they weren’t working and had started to rot. The incident happened in Yorkshire, England, near where FloodSax are based so staff from the company were quickly on the scene to provide her with two rows of FloodSax alternative sandbags to make sure the water wouldn’t get through. Instead, it was diverted into a drainage channel in front of her garage and away from her house.

The photo shows how the FloodSax 'sandless' sandbags are way better than the traditional sandbags - larger, more robust and with a uniform shape.

Lucy Bailey from Environmental Defence Systems Ltd, which devised and manufactures FloodSax, said: “The sandbags were very poor, falling apart and failing to stop the water. We even put a row of FloodSax next to them to show the difference. FloodSax are larger, wider, have a more uniform shape and way more robust at diverting water. They won’t rot either.

“It was important to act quickly as the water was cascading down her steep drive and straight into her house.”

It just goes to prove once more that people need to stop thinking about sandbags when they are at risk of flooding.

They can expensive, are very time-consuming to fill, are very heavy and unwieldy to move and stack, quickly rot when they come into contact with floodwater and spill sand all over the place which makes them very environmentally unfriendly. The sand can get down drains, clogging them up and leading to more flooding.

FloodSax come vacuum-packed in packs of five so are exceptionally space-saving to store. To transform them into instant sandless sandbags, simply immerse them in water and the gelling polymer inside the FloodSax absorbs the water and retains it. The bag then grows in size until it becomes a 20kg ‘sandbag’ but without any sand. They are 96% biodegradable by weight so can be thrown in landfill after they’ve been used.

They are multi-purpose and flexible. In their dry state they are very flat with a large surface area so can be used to absorb leaks, drips, spills and floods inside homes and businesses, often in hard-to-reach places such as beneath floorboards and under boilers.

One company in the UK which sells sandbags openly admits they rot.

On their website they state: “Hessian sandbags should be used within four weeks of purchase due to biodegrading as soon as they get wet.”

FloodSax are exceptionally robust and will keep their shape for two or three months. They have a guaranteed shelf-life of at least 5 years before they are used due to the high quality of their vacuum-packing.

Almost 3 million FloodSax have now been sold worldwide, many in the USA.

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