FloodSax alternative sandbags are renowned for keeping floodwater out of homes and businesses and are now often used by local councils across the UK.
But in their dry state they are super absorbent and can soak up water in the most inaccessible and, let’s face it, thoroughly nasty places.
One case happened recently in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, when mud and debris clogged up a drain, sending filthy floodwater onto a road.
The only solution was to clean the drain out – but how do you get through all the dirty floodwater inside the drain chamber to get to the mud?
Well, they used a FloodSax in its dry state. At this point FloodSax are ultra-thin with a large surface area and the special gelling polymer inside can soak up to 20 litres of water and then retain it. That’s how it’s transformed into an instant sandbag but without any sand.
The FloodSax was popped down the drain and within five minutes had soaked most of the floodwater up. This then gave access to the mud below which could be cleaned out and the drain was quickly back to normal.
Lucy Bailey from Environmental Defence Systems which manufactures FloodSax said: “We are constantly hearing about new ways Floodsax have been used to solve all kinds of flooding issues both inside and out.
“In their dry state they can be used anywhere in a house or commercial property to soak up water if it’s leaking in hard-to-reach places such as under sinks and even beneath floorboards.
“But we’d not heard of FloodSax being used outside to do such a mucky job as soaking up dirty drain water. It made it a far less hazardous and, relatively speaking, cleaner task.”
Old-style sandbags, of course, don’t have this versatility which makes FloodSax a far better choice as they are both flexible and multi-purpose.
They are more cost-effective too as a box of 20 FloodSax can cost as little as £140 whereas traditional sandbags now often retail for £370 for 70 prefilled bags with delivery often taking 7 to 10 days.
Floodsax come in packs of 5 which are very thin, compact and easy to store yet can be deployed in minutes to deal with all kinds of flooding emergencies.
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