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Excellent Product for Drainage Issues
July 20, 2015
Firstly I'd like to agree with the other the majority here - this is a high quality product. The outer shell fabric is thick and tough and the plastic liner on the inside is much thicker than I expected it to be. I suspect that this will last quite a long time so long as it's not abused.
I think this sort of sandbag is best used for diverting water flow - not repelling it. In my case, I needed to redirect rainwater runoff away from a sunken area on my patio to ensure it flows away from the house. I won't be moving it unless I have to because all the leaks and seepage under the sandbag clog with small bits of stuff that travel with the rainwater. Each time it rains, it gets a little dirtier and becomes that much more effective. Eventually I'll fix the patio, but for now, this is a fantastic temporary solution. I think these bags could be used for a variety of similar situations.
On the other hand, if you're looking for something to put in a doorway to stop rainwater from coming in and ruining your hardwood floors - this is not, nor is any other product like it, the solution. Sandbags are not waterproof. Water will seep under it or any of the other similar options including those "sandless" ones. You need to get your problem fixed properly rather than trying to use a product like this. Garage door? Have a look at garage door thresholds - this will keep the rainwater out so long as it is not deeper than the threshold height. Door problems need to be fixed at the threshold by height or slope - not with sandbags - that's my 2c at least.
Some additional thoughts:
- Filling is made much easier if you use a canning funnel. Amazon suggested it when I bought this. I used a bit of packing tape to join the liner to the funnel and a big solo cup to dump sand in. Could have been an awkward messy job but this approach made it easy and quick.
- I wish these were less expensive, but I'd not want the seller to compromise the quality. It's rare that you receive a higher quality product than you expected.
- When you're filling it - especially if the sand is dry - wear a dust mask - breathing in dust from the sand is not good for you!