Cost Comparison
  • Cost of product- According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather patterns worldwide are increasing in severity and frequency storm-after-storm, year-after-year.  These 35 pound 9x14-inch individually-filled sacks are sold retail for $.95 cents apiece.   120 Sandbags cost $114.00

  • Delivery of product- For anyone who has experienced sandbagging before,"it is not a very-well- liked activity" even under the best of circumstances, which notably will not be the case.  If you decide to tackle this chore yourself, please note: at 35 pounds apiece sandbags weight adds up quickly.  Point-in-fact, just 15 sandbags weight over 500 pounds, more than the average car trunk can handle!  120 sandbags weigh over 2 tons, more weight than the average pickup truck can handle.  Delivery under emergency conditions could run as high as $100.00 per load, if helpers can even deliver your order.  Remember! you're not the only delivery scheduled under adverse weather conditions so please don't leave your homes protection to chance.
  • Cost of labor- Sandbagging is not a timely one-person job.  When severe weather strikes and the threat of rising water is imminent, time becomes an elusive commodity...a commodity that's hard to place a dollar sign on.  You need help and you need it now! You need help to unload the sandbags...help to carry and place the sandbags effectively. If your property is threatened, chances are you are not alone. Your street, neighborhood, county or city may be experiencing the same threat.  Resources and manpower become stretched.  It could take up to one hour, using several people, to place just 120 sandbags properly.  When it comes to protecting both family and property, cost becomes a secondary issue.  We ask for you to be flood smart, prepared ahead of time so that you don't find yourself in a costly powerless position, hoping and waiting on volunteer workers, city or county employees that just may not get to you. 
  • Clean-up- Once the threat of flooding has passed, the real dirty work starts. That's right, all the broken, soaked  sandbags (they weight more than 35 pounds now) need to be disposed of.  Time, labor, hauling and land fill charges apply.

The Waterbag  is a one-time investment.  Just one Waterbag measures 10 feet long, is 34-inches wide and rises to a height of over 2 feet when filled... a wall of protection equivalent to 120 sandbags.  The Waterbag costs $145.00

The WATERBAG  unfilled weights 18 pounds...less than just 1 sandbag.  It comes in a handy carrying and storage case... siimilar, yet smaller than a sleeping bag... shipping and handling delivered to your door only $12.00.

The WATERBAG  can be easily deployed by virtually any one person.  Simply unroll the WATERBAG  in an area where protection is desired and fill in minutes with water from any standard garden hose.  All the WATERBAG products can be connected end-to-end to create a wall of protection of any required length.  Another distinct advantage of the WATERBAG is that its upper and lower bladder may be separated to extend its single 10-foot length of protection to 20 feet.

With the WATERBAG, clean-up is simple. Simply drain & roll up the WATERBAG like a sleeping bag, place it back in its storage and carrying case and store until the next threat of severe weather.

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Materials required for 100 lineal feet of sandbag wall.

Height SandbagsWeight (pounds)      Cost*
1 foot    600-800  21 to 28,000$1475
2 feet  1400-200049 to 70,000$2370

*Cost = Purchase@ .95 + Delivery @ $12 per- ton + Placement & Clean-up 4 persons @ $10 per hr. + Disposal fee@ $15 Per- ton.

Average deployment and clean-up time.  Days 
Material required for 100 lineal feet as a comparison.

HeightWATERBAGSWeight (pounds     Cost 
1 Foot5   90  $725
2 Foot        10 180 $1450

Average deployment and clean-up time for one person (will vary)  

4 Hrs