Mad Dog Foam Bridges Offers New Alternative to Sandbag-Based Tile Repair

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Sandbags have always been the traditional method of conducting agricultural drain tile repair, but that doesn't mean they aren't without significant downsides. Mad Dog Foam Bridges minimizes the number of sandbags needed with its innovative design, saving time and money in the process.

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Sand bags are like an inconsistent quarterback,” Hamman notes. “Good enough if they’re on-point...but you just never know how they’re going to perform from day-to-day. And you’ll always end up paying too much for them.

Mad Dog Foam Bridges introduces a new alternative to the inconveniences of traditional sandbag-based agricultural drain tile repair by incorporating an innovative polypropylene body to brace and preserve pipeline projects. Sand has always created problems for those looking to repair drain tiles because excessive moisture—something common in drainage projects—causes damage to their stability, and the volume of sandbags quickly piles up due to unstable placement.

Mad Dog Foam Bridges present an alternative by providing a strong frame that limits the amount of sandbags required to fix any broken drain tile. Some tile projects require as many as 200 sandbags to make a single repair. Mad Dog Foam Bridges decreases that number significantly, while providing contractors with a reliable count for how many sandbags are required per fix. The sand required is held within the bridge to weigh it down, and is protected from the elements. The bridge ultimately pays for itself in terms of the excess sandbags contractors no longer need to purchase.

Carl Hamman, founder of Watershed Materials—maker of Mad Dog Foam Bridges—has had struggles of his own with the old sandbag method. He needed more manpower to move more sand, and he prayed that bad weather didn’t interfere. He began to contemplate another way.

“Sand bags are like an inconsistent quarterback,” he notes. “Good enough if they’re on-point...but you just never know how they’re going to perform from day-to-day. And you’ll always end up paying too much for them.”

That inconsistency makes sand problematic for projects taking place during wetter times of the year. Spring showers and winter snowmelt can result in muddy conditions, sometimes without warning, exhausting contractors trying to stay ahead on drain tile repair projects. Time lost repairing sandbag faults inevitably leads to money lost as well.

“Bad weather inevitably results in muddy conditions,” says Garrett Rhyne, managing partner at Watershed Materials. “If you don’t have insurance against it, you’ll be doing agricultural drain tile repairs half the time and worrying about those repairs the rest of the time. ”

Mad Dog Foam Bridges can be produced in a range of sizes, from 8” to 42”. Call Mad Dog Foam Bridges, LLC to get a free quote and see how they can help you save money on your next pipeline project.

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Mad Dog Foam Bridges
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