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Uses for Sandbags

Uses for Sandbags

If you ask anyone what the primary use of a sandbag is, they will probably mention flood control sandbags typically used to redirect flowing water or contain a pond or flood. Hollywood movies also convinced us from a young age that sandbags are perfect for putting up a bulletproof barrier in a battleground and their use in physical training as punching bags. 

While these may be the most common application of sandbags, there are many other practical applications that have made them very popular over the centuries. Most sandbags are made from burlap and filled with sand. Sandbags meant for long-term use are made from polypropylene or similar materials.

Sandbags for Flood and Water Control

The most commonly available type of sandbag is the untreated burlap sack. Burlap sandbags, when properly stacked, are the best choice in preventing and containing flooding. Learn how to properly stack sandbags here!

People living in places prone to flooding stock dozens of these sandbags in their basements and garages for emergency use because they are very reliable. 

Here is how it works 

The burlap sacks are filled with sand then stacked as closely as possible. They will create a thick and strong solid wall that can withstand pressure from moving and deep water. When the bags are properly filled,  sealed and closely packed, they make a watertight barrier. 

Sandbags, in general, are not an ideal solution to containing flood water over a long time. The watertight seal is an easy and most effective solution to most water problems but there are other better solutions especially when containing over-topping streams and training current flows. 

The burlap sandbag comes in two different types; the tied and the untied. The untied type is the most recommended for use in preventing floods while the untied type is perfect for general barrier use. When carefully arranged and supported by metal or wooden planks, the tied sandbags can form a strong support to hold earth or other objects in position or fill holes. 

Burlap sandbags are serviceable for a long time - even decades, provided they are stored empty. 

Sandbags for Sports & Physical Training 

The name sandbag is synonymous with the punching bag. While sandbags have a variety of uses in sports and physical training, people know it best as a tool for physical grip and endurance training. The punching bag has been the go-to choice for athletes who want to improve their physical performance because of how effective it is. Polypropylene sandbag punching bags are strong but soft to the touch. They are a cheap alternative to use in physical conditioning.

There are two major advantages of using these sandbags in physical training: 

Sandbags can mold to the shape of the body. If you are a sprinter or a runner, the sandbag is a great training tool because you can shape it to meet your workout requirements or physical preferences. 

Grip. The very nature of the exercising sandbag is that it is easy to grip. You can also use it to simulate physical grappling and pushing to work muscles on the feet, torso, and arms. 

If you are looking for an easy but effective way to improve your physical resistance, sandbags are a better alternative to dumbbells or barbells in physical training. 

Sandbags for Erosion Prevention 

Erosion is a big problem in areas such as roadways, beaches, and drainage systems. Erosion occurs when soil moves due to flowing wind or water. Sandbags can be used to prevent or control the damages caused by soil erosion when they are properly stacked. You can reinforce a wall or prevent damage to roadways and prevent collapsing using polypropylene sandbags

If you want to protect a beach, a wall of burlap sandbags or polypropylene sandbags is a good solution because the material can withstand the powerful pounding forces of the ocean or storm waves to contain the shoreline. 

There are different types of sandbags, each an ideal solution to a wide range of problems. Each of these sandbags may have a role to play in your everyday life. It is a good idea to stock flood control sandbags especially if you live in flood-prone areas. You never know when you may need them.

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