Sandbags have been used for several hundred years. With the advancement of science in so many areas, we still use this basic and low-tech solution in various areas. They have long-term effects such as restoration of land and prevention of soil erosion, which helps in sustaining the balance in the natural resources of the environment. Some of them are given below for your knowledge:
- Flood control: Sandbags when properly stacked serve as an effective preventive measure for damage against floods. They are used for the purpose of building levees, barricades, berms, and dikes to control erosion from flooding. For this, bags need to be filled properly, especially for flood control, they are filled with ½ to ⅔ full with clean washed sand. In case of emergency, if the availability of clean sand is limited, dirt or gravel can also be used with less effective results. The two primary methods for stacking them to check flood control are Single Stack placement and Pyramid Placement Method.
- Bulk bags: These are much larger bags than ordinary sandbags. Typically, a forklift is required to move a bulk bag. They can be useful at times. Hence, can be highly useful to store in warehouses. They can also be attractive and can easily be unloaded at the customer’s’ location. They are extensively used in mining, chemical, rubber industries among others.
- Construction Industries: Filled sandbags are essential for the day-to-day workings of any construction company. They are used for various purposes ranging from providing stability and support for scaffolding structures or slope stability for erosion control. They fulfill all construction needs.
- Pipeline Industry: They are used in quite a few capacities for pipeline construction, such as padding and bedding or stabilizing a pipe when the back of the pipes are filled in trenches.
- Traffic Management and Ballast: Often, used in traffic management projects, when it is important that all equipment be in a secured place. They are used as a heavyweight, acting as ballast to act as temporary barricades and traffic signs and hold them securely in place.
- Soil Erosion: Soil erosion occurs when natural resources such as air, rain, and wind or ice become barriers on the ground. This causes the soil to wash away and what is left is barren. This often leads to disasters like landslides, which can be extremely dangerous. Hence, it can cause buildings to collapse. Filled sandbags are important for halting erosion and stabilizing fragile land. They, therefore, are able to withstand bearing elements to prevent any difficulties caused by soil erosion and ensure safety.
- Landscaping and Reclamation: They can be the perfect tool for all sorts of landscaping projects. For example, they act as support and ballast, protect the soil from soil erosion. They are quite effective in restoring the strength of the land in the recovery of a wasteland, or of flooded land so it can be cultivated thereby helping in the process of reclamation.
- Other uses: They are often used to hold the advertising signs securely in its place there by reducing the risks of them being subsided. They can be carried inside the vehicles to improve resistance during bleak weather. If they are ever stuck, they can be detached and placed right on the slithery surface, which improves the resistance greatly. Many off-roaders use them instead of the sand plates, which assist the vehicle to gain momentum and friction when they are stuck in the soft sand.
It is comprehensible that sandbags are used extensively throughout the industries. In spite of it being an extremely ordinary item, it can serve effectively for a few purposes, which are quite popular in the industrial sector.