What Are Super Sacks?
Super sack bags are flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBC). They can also be referred to as bulk bags, bulk totes, big bags, bulk sacks, and super bags. Super sacks are durable, often made of layers of thick plastic, and are primarily used to contain large volumes of flowable granular or powdered material.
Super Sack Uses
Super sacks are heavy-duty bags used for storing and transporting various types of substances. They are employed by many industries and often utilized for:
- Food storage, like flour or peanuts
- Agricultural feed storage
- Construction material storage, like sand
- Pharmaceutical drug storage
- Corrosive chemicals
Super Sacks as Flood Control
When it comes to flood control, these FIBC bulk bags are not a great choice for many reasons.
Super Sack Setup Is Slow
Super sacks live up to their name—they are huge! The standard width ranges from 3–4 ft. and they are anywhere from 3–7 ft. tall. When filled, they can weigh hundreds if not thousands of pounds. Because of their large individual size, a skid loader and operator are required to individually place and fill the bags, which can take quite a while.
Flood control barriers often need to be deployed quickly to divert the path of hazardous waters and debris. The necessity of heavy machinery is not conducive to these time-sensitive situations.
Super Sacks Are Not Impermeable
Further intensifying their installation process, super sacks need an additional, high-quality, water-tight membrane to mitigate leaks. This is not ideal for flood control. When choosing a reliable flood barrier or flood bag to protect your community or property, it is important that it is engineered to be effective at eliminating water from passing through. The additional DIY waterproofing that super sacks require to be considered for flood control is not 100% effective, nor is it cost effective.
Super sacks have their time and place in the realm of pelletized storage, but when it comes to diverting powerful floodwaters or contaminated stormwater from infiltrating your infrastructure, field, or property, they are not a functional solution. If you’re in need of a reliable filled sack for use against floods, check out TrapBags.
TrapBag as a Super Sack Alternative
TrapBag is the superior, most reliable method of flood control. These incredibly durable, affordable barriers were engineered by our founder after witnessing the damage left by Hurricane Charley. He realized how the current methods of flood control were ineffective in flood prevention, and a new form of flood barrier was developed: TrapBag.
TrapBags in Action
TrapBag barriers can be utilized by many industries and communities all over the world, including:
- Farmers: Floodwaters can be extremely costly to farmers, damaging thousands in crops and drowning livestock. These issues affect both the supply chain as well as individual farmers’ abilities to continue running their operations. Farmers can protect their crops and animals from rising river levels and debris-filled stormwater runoff with TrapBag levees.
- Municipalities: If you are a part of a governing body in your city or state, protecting your community and critical infrastructure is the most important task, especially during a natural disaster. Preventing floodwaters from damaging infrastructure and mitigating extremely costly repairs and economic loss are made much easier with TrapBag barriers. TrapBags can be arranged in a dam, retention wall, or used to reinforce existing structures, giving you more peace of mind during a period of heavy rainfall.
- Construction sites: Construction is expensive, and projects often have a strict timeline. Floodwaters can severely set projects back—that means more money on the table. TrapBag barriers can be arranged in a variety of ways to redirect floodwater and harmful debris, saving the crew lots of time and investors lots of money.
- Coastal cities: Whether it is from rising sea levels or natural disasters like tsunamis or hurricanes, flooding is quite common on the coast, causing expensive problems for the inhabitants. TrapBag barriers can create both leakproof seawall structures and dams, protecting the community and environment from the effects of flooding and shoreline erosion, which can both damage property and decrease its value.
Benefits of TrapBag
TrapBag barriers should be part of every city’s flood prevention gear. Why? Because they are:
- Rapidly deployable: We know that dangerous flooding can occur with little to no notice. That is why TrapBags were made to be easy and fast to put in position. TrapBags feature an interconnected design that allows them to be laid in a fast fashion—unlike super sacks, which need to be individually placed. No heavy machinery is necessary here.
- Cost effective: Because we know flooding happens all over the world, and flood damage is incredibly expensive, TrapBag barriers offer affordable protection. They can hold 40% more fill than standard sandbags. For comparison, one 100 foot section of 4ft high TrapBag replaces approximately 8,000 sandbags!
- Leakproof structure: Remember how we mentioned super sacks require an additional layer of waterproofing? That means more material and more time—TrapBags to the rescue. Their accordion design is inherently watertight. Even if one individual cell is compromised, the water has nowhere to get through.
- Long lasting: TrapBags are made of extraordinarily durable geotextile materials and are resistant to punctures from debris like rocks, sticks, glass, etc.
- Can be easily stacked to add more height: If water levels are rising and getting close to breaking through a safe threshold, additional TrapBags can simply be added to close the gap.
Other Ways to Use TrapBag Barriers
Erosion can be aesthetically and environmentally damaging to coastal communities. TrapBags are a durable form of erosion control. Because of their unique design and ability to be laid on sloping land, TrapBags are great when used as MSE or gravity walls, seawall alternatives, and as sand dune stabilization.
Municipalities can use TrapBags to reduce land destabilization and degradation, keeping property values high, maintaining the local economy.
After a rainstorm, the water can pick up contaminants from a variety of sources, oftentimes construction sites. If this runoff cannot be absorbed in the ground due to the presence of roads or other pavement, it can enter waterways, and be harmful to the consumers and environment. TrapBags can prevent this from occurring by holding the contaminated stormwater in a basin permanently, or until it can be properly disposed of.
During natural disasters, chemicals like oil can be spilled. This can have an immense negative impact on the surrounding environment if not dealt with quickly and effectively. The leakproof structure of TrapBag makes them an exceptional solution for time-sensitive chemical spills, thoroughly trapping the chemicals while a further plan of action is discussed.
Because they can be arranged in so many different ways, TrapBags offer dependable protection for many forms of natural disasters, from hurricanes to mudslides to tsunamis. TrapBag barriers can divert the course of thrashing water, tumbling land, and all-consuming mud, keeping people and property safe.