By Adil Ali

The summer of 2013 has most definitely had its ups and downs. At first we didn't think it wasn't going to appear as we had that awful downpour of rain for a few weeks or so. But then, out of nowhere, the glorious sun battled it's way through the clouds and we had a pretty amazing summer. In fact it was so hot, sales boosted for electric fans due to the heatwave as seen in this article from York Press. Sadly that summer is now coming to an end and autumn is just around the corner.

Autumn last year was quite bad in some areas when it came to floods and this year many city councils are working on flood prevention schemes. One town up north "in't yorkshire dales", Hebden Bridge, suffered quite a bit in 2012 and this year want to be ready for whatever the clouds may throw at them this year.

Preventing floods can be quite a major task for some coucils and it can be for everyone else too. One way in which many people prevent floods from affecting them is by using sand bags. Here at Mudfords we supply different types of sand bags, below is a quick summary of each.

The hessian sandbag is the most environmentally friendly out of the three as it rots away after a long period. The polypropylene sandbags however are more likely to last longer as they do not decompose due to their surrounding elements unlike the hessian sandbags. All of the sandbags are usually filled with around 15kg of sharp sand even though their full capacity can hold 20kg. The reason for this is so that when the sandbags are being handled, they are not stiff and rigid, but flexible and much easier to place and fill gaps when building a "sandbag wall" for instance. Below is an image of someone using sandbags to prevent flooding through their front door.

Check out our range of sandbags and prepare yourself for any floods that might occur in an area near you!