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"Pillow Tanks" for Easy Water Storage

“Pillow Tanks” for Easy Water Storage

“Pillow Tanks” for Easy Water Storage

During relief efforts or natural disasters, it’s critical to be able to store clean drinking water or wastewater for disposal. With new technology and environment-friendly materials, “pillow tanks” are becoming the recommended resource for water storage.

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Aqua-BarrierⓇ Water Storage, formerly Insta-Tank™, is a pillow tank made from heavy-duty vinyl to store freshwater. With a number of different sizes, this way to store water transforms commercial use and emergency response.

What’s a “pillow tank”?

In a few words, a pillow tank is a collapsible storage container made of heavy-duty vinyl to hold liquid. When the container is filled to maximum capacity, the tank takes the form of a large pillow, hence the name. It’s also known as a bladder tank, collapsible water tank, or our renown Aqua-BarrierⓇ Water Storage.

Why would you store water?

There are a number of reasons why residential or commercial property owners might want to store water in a collapsible water tank.

  • Pool Repair: Store the chlorinated and clean pool water in a storage tank to conserve water and prevent unnecessary pool drainage.
  • Events/Festivals: Use a portable water pillow tank to store septic water temporarily for a large event or festival. 
  • Hurricane/Tropical Storms: Keep floodwaters at bay by setting up a tank to collect the dirty and contaminated water during natural disasters.
  • Irrigation: Protect your crops with the use of a portable tank to collect rainwater for droughts.
  • Relief Efforts: During emergency situations, store drinking water safely in a durable tank to minimize bacteria and provide aid.

Pro Tip: Depending on your environment, installation may look different for your pillow tank. Knowing the difference between dry ground and moving water is important for your pillow tank’s success.

Other Benefits of Aqua-BarrierⓇ Water Storage

Compared to other water storage solutions, Aqua-BarrierⓇ Water Storage is available in many different sizes so that you can easily transport your pillow tank. In addition, the portable and compact design allows any user the ability to store and reuse the tank as many times as necessary. This renewability feature conserves resources and saves money. Instead of having to dispose of contaminated liquids, you can easily fold the tank up for the next use.

Conclusion

From pool repair to relief efforts, there are a number of ways to use a pillow tank. The accessibility and reusability of collapsible water tanks make them a water storage solution that allows any user the ability to get their job done faster and more efficiently.

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Aqua-Barrier vs. Sandbags

Aqua-Barrier vs. Sandbags

The use of sandbags for flooding protection has been in existence for a while. In the case of a severe storm, sandbags might be your go-to solution to make sure water doesn’t get into your home or business. With new technological innovations, there’s an alternative to consider–it’s called an inflatable dam. 

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You might be familiar with bags filled with sand to protect from rising floodwater, but what about an inflatable dam? Our Aqua-Barrier system has stood the test of time and is designed for any situation. Still not convinced? See how Aqua-Barrier compares with the use of sandbags for flood protection.

Aqua-Barrier vs. Sandbags, Hydrological Solutions, Waller, TX

Aqua-Barrier

An Aqua-Barrier system is an inflated dam that is made of industrial-grade vinyl-coated polyester that is used for dewatering and flood protection. It can be inflated to surround your commercial business. 

Pros

  • They’re usually faster to install than other flood protection solutions.
  • They require minimal equipment to install and remove.
  • Because they use the materials available onsite, special disposal isn’t needed which increases their cost-effectiveness.
  • They’re environmentally friendly and can be reused.

Cons

  • Depending on the size of the property, the initial assembly and installation might take some time to understand.

Pro Tip: Inflatable dams aren’t always used in times of emergency. Construction sites, pool maintenance, and dredging are just a few other ways Aqua-Barrier assists in water control.

Sandbags

A sandbag is a bag or sack that usually made of a polypropylene material that is filled with sand. To create a flood barrier, the sandbags are stacked on top of one another.

Pros

  • The materials to make them are less expensive compared to other flood control alternatives.
  • During an emergency, they’re usually provided at no charge at public stations.
  • Due to their size, they are easy to transport and can be placed in small areas.

Cons

  • A lot of time and effort is required to fill the sandbags and set up before a storm.
  • Unfortunately, sandbags aren’t fully waterproof, and water can seep in-between the bags.
  • After an emergency, Hazmat procedures are necessary for disposal due to the bacteria found in floodwater.
  • Because of the contamination, they’re not reusable or eco-friendly.

The Results are In

Unfortunately, it’s apparent that the practice of filling bags with sand might be doing more harm than good. Instead of wasting materials that negatively impact the environment, consider using an inflatable dam. Our Aqua-Barrier system can be used across the globe and has continually proven to minimize flood damage.

Contact us today about the different Aqua-Barrier systems available for your home or business.

Protect Your Business from Floodwaters

Protect Your Business from Floodwaters

Hurricane season lasts through the end of November 2019, and every new tropical storm forming in the Gulf brings the possibility of flooding along the coast. Anyone who’s ever dealt with a flooded home or business knows the huge amount of money and work involved in returning to normal. A much better solution to the problem is to act preventively and guard against flooding in the first place. What kind of commercial flood control measures have you set in place?

Protecting your commercial property from floodwaters involves plenty of work ahead of time. However, the safety of your business is well worth the investment of time and effort. Try these tried-and-true methods to keep flooding away from your workplace.

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Install Barriers on the Doors

If you aren’t expecting the floodwaters to get very high, you can protect your business by simply blocking off the entrances with waterproof barriers. One excellent choice for these barriers is the EZDam, a 3-4 foot tall metal cover that installs perfectly over a standard-sized door. The EZDam is easy to install or remove once the waters have receded, and because of its small size, storage is also simple. In a pinch, an EZDam is the perfect flood barrier for moderate water levels.

Acquire an Aqua-Barrier

Unfortunately, sometimes floodwaters may be too high for an EZDam to handle. That’s where the Aqua-Barrier comes in. This inflatable cofferdam is capable of holding off 6 feet of water when fully inflated. Before the flood arrives, simply unroll the Aqua-Barrier, inflate it with water, and overlap the ends for a fully watertight seal. A few hours of prep work will save you hundreds of hours and countless dollars on repairing water damage later!

Prepare the Interior

Unfortunately, sometimes water still manages to get inside your business. After preventive measures like flood barriers, the best thing you can do is prep the inside of your business for even a low amount of water. Store important documents and supplies on high shelves or remove them from the building entirely. Cover any appliances in waterproof materials and store them in a dry area. The fewer things are left in your business to potentially suffer damage, the better.

Pro Tip: If you can’t move a particular object that could take damage (like a checkout stand in a grocery store), make sure you’ve insured it. Even if you can’t avoid damage, insurance will make the repair process easier.

Reliable Flood Protection for Your Property

Temporary flood barriers will do an excellent job keeping water out of your commercial property, drastically reducing the need for cleanup or damage control afterward. Better yet, since you won’t need to spend a huge amount of time getting back on your feet, you’ll avoid expensive downtime and get your business up and running again in record time. Why wait to clean up flood damage? Take charge of preventive measures and decide what type of commercial flood control you’ll be using this fall!

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Prevent Erosion in Your Construction Projects

Prevent Erosion in Your Construction Projects

Topsoil erosion is one of the biggest environmental issues facing our world today. According to the World Wildlife Federation, half of all topsoil on the planet has eroded away over the past 150 years. And unfortunately, not only is it nearly impossible to retrieve eroded soil, but it also causes significant pollution problems when it reaches rivers or oceans. 

What can you do to reduce topsoil erosion? While the construction industry presents several hazards that can contribute to water runoff or further erosion, a few changes to your equipment or routine could help to drastically reduce erosion at your location. Here are a few strategies to get you started.

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Observe & Plan Ahead

Before construction begins, visit your worksite and take a look around. Is the ground sloped or covered in loose soil? What nearby ground or features could be affected by water runoff?

Additionally, take note of anything you can potentially use to prevent erosion. For instance, if your excavation requires you to remove trees, bring a mulcher along and convert the trees into mulch to cover the exposed ground. Not only will this help the soil stay in place after your project is done, but it will also prevent the trees from simply going to waste.

Pro Tip: Soil runoff from a construction project not only erodes the landscape but can also pour silt into rivers. Set up silt fencing to prevent severe soil runoff from occurring.

Cover the Ground

Mulch isn’t your only option to cover exposed soil. You can temporarily cover small areas with plastic sheets, or for a long-term solution, plant grass seeds to hold the ground in place. Once the excavation is complete, talk with your landscaper or local wildlife experts to find the best species of grass to sow. Whatever you ultimately choose, make sure the ground is adequately protected against further erosion.

Don’t be in a Rush

Despite your best efforts, erosion can still occur if you rush your project. Take a little extra time to excavate only one portion of the worksite at a time and cover the ground before you move on to the next one. Try to disrupt the local ecosystem as little as possible. The additional time required to do a good job will be worth the reduction in erosion and its associated costs.

Minimize Erosion in Your Projects

Sediment control should be one of your primary concerns as you work to keep your environmental impact to a minimum. No matter what your project entails, it’s not difficult to implement strategies to help protect the local ecosystem. Take care to observe your worksite and plan ahead to prevent erosion in construction projects.

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Dewatering Precautions for Your Construction Site

Dewatering Precautions for Your Construction Site

Dewatering your construction site is faster and easier than expected when using the Aqua-Barrier water-filled cofferdams. Aqua-Barriers use less equipment and manpower to install than conventional cofferdam methods, saving you time and money on your next probject!

As a construction professional, you already recognize the importance of dewatering a construction site for your own safety as well as for your workers’ safety. But dewatering is a complex process. Do you know what to do before you even get started and how to handle potential dangers during the process? Let’s look at these important points for your next project.

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Know the Local Regulations

Some regions enforce strict regulations on construction waste or conduct, while others are more relaxed. Never assume you know the local rules regarding what you can and cannot do. It never hurts to double-check local guidelines and make sure you’re in full legal compliance. Save yourself some fines later.

Watch the Landscape

As you begin the dewatering process, keep an eye on the surrounding environment. Is the moving water causing rapid erosion? Is it raining and thus slowing down the whole process? If you notice anything that may be hindering your dewatering efforts, discontinue the job and wait for conditions to improve. A quick job is not worth the potentially huge safety risk.

Pro Tip: When it’s time to empty your Aqua-Barrier, simply drain the water back into the area it came from. No post-construction restoration is needed!

Diligent Dewatering Methods

Dewatering is a relatively straightforward process. However, it’s not a job to be approached lightly. You should always research your obligations as a construction supervisor and survey your local environment before work begins. Don’t let yourself get in legal trouble or put your worksite in danger.

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