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What are sandbags used for?

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Sandbags are used for building flood barriers to protect property, building earthbag houses, and to control erosion along river and lake banks, among other purposes. Choose a sandbag size to learn more 14" x 26" (most popular) 18" x 30"

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How to use sandbags: filling tips and materials

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Sandbags Filling Tips Fill sandbags 1/2 to 2/3 full and tie the bag at the top with the included ties Lay flat when in place This sandbag should weigh between 35-40 lbs. An overfilled sandbag weighs between 60-75 lbs and will leave gaps which will allow water to seep through. Always wear gloves during the filling operation to avoid hand injuries and protect yourself from contaminants in sand and floodwater. Safety goggles should be used on dry and windy days. Filling sandbags is physically demanding work and can easily cause back and other injuries if not careful. Always lift with...

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Gravel bags vs. standard sandbags

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Gravel bags and standard sandbags are different names for the same product: poly sandbags. They are just filled with different materials. Gravel bags Filled using gravel Protect against erosion Gravel traps soil but allows water to flow through, protecting against mudslides Standard sandbags Filled using sand Used for flood control Sand stops water, protecting against flooding  Choose a sandbag size 14" x 26" (most popular) 18" x 30"

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How to protect your home from a mudslide

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If you live next to a dirt hill, you might wonder how to protect your home from a mudslide during heavy rain.  If the hill is not properly protected during a rainstorm, a mudslide can happen. Mudslides can be dangerous and deadly. In Everett, Washington, a large mudslide took the lives of 41 individuals in April 2014. Here are a few solutions to protect your house or street from mudslides: Permanent solutions Planting vegetation: This is the best and most long term solution to erosion. When trees and other plants are planted on the hill, the roots keep the soil in place,...

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What color of 14" x 26" poly sandbags should I buy?

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Here at Sandbaggy, we sell our regular (polypropylene) sandbags in green, beige, orange and white with tie strings (for tying up the sandbag). A question we’ve been asked is whether the color of the sandbags affects the longevity of the sandbags. The answer is that it doesn't: all of our different color sandbags provide the same 6 month UV protection. Regarding color preferences, military-green sandbags = match the environment’s color beige color sandbags = match the soil’s color orange color sandbags = when the color of the bag needs to be shown white color sandbags = all kinds of situations...

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