True Costs of Sandbags: Digging, Sandbagging & Transporting
Burlap sandbags may seem cheap to purchase, but conventional sandbags actually come at a tremendous cost when you consider time, energy, man-power and effort. Ask yourself, "Can I afford all the costs of using sandbags?".
Sandbag Storage Costs
Many cities store mountains of sand in case of emergency flooding. While sand may be "Free", it really isn't, sand itself is more costly than you think and takes up valuable real estate. The cost to transport sand requires large, heavy and costly equipment. Dust and grime from sand infiltrate anything stored nearby. Sandbags deteriorate in storage, requiring replacement, therefore increasing in costs overtime. FloodSax® require only a small fraction of the space of an equivalent amount of sandbags.
Sandbag Deployment Costs
Large trucks and virtual armies of strong people are needed to deploy sandbags, often getting hurt and causing additional response headaches. The amount of FloodSax® that can be delivered by a short-bed pickup is equal to over 12,000 lbs of sand, and virtually anybody can protect their own or their neighbors property with lightweight FloodSax®.
Sandbag Performance Costs
Traditional sandbags let water through – seepage is common. Odd shapes, uneven bags and poor stacking performance make sandbags ill-suited for the task. FloodSax® expand to fit tightly against each other and nearby structures, making for better water protection.
Sandbag Cleanup Costs
Sandbag cleanup can cost millions of dollars, and improper cleanup can leave an environmental disaster, with sand fundamentally changing habitats. Site decontamination after sandbag deployment can cost more than all other phases of the response combined.