If you live in a low-lying area, near a major river or a coastal area, you’ll be familiar with the whole concept of sandbags. For centuries, burlap bags filled with sand have been the solution for flood control, flood prevention, water containment, or any emergency excess water situation. It’s no fun, and it’s a lot of hard work to fill those sandbags with sand, and then move them.
A company called Stormtec has come up with a much better idea. The Stormbag is a heavy-duty (18-ounce) burlap bag which is filled with a small amount of crystallized polymer. The polymer can absorb 300 times its weight in water – in 3 to 5 minutes, the Stormbag will absorb approximately 4 gallons of water and weigh in excess of 30 pounds.
Yes, there’s no sand involved at all. Let’s do the math : 1 small box of 50 bags is equivalent to 1600 pounds of sand.
These hi-tech Stormbags aren’t cheap, but they are also not as expensive as you might think. You can buy Stormtec Stormbag from Amazon at less than $7 each, in a 10-pack.
If you’re in no danger of a flood, a Stormbag would be just as useful in case of a water emergency – such as a burst pipe in your basement.