Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do you install the product?
Smaller barriers can be installed manually using 1 -2 persons, while larger barriers are best installed using a track hoe or a crane with a 6 man crew. Please see our install page for more information.
Q. Do we have an install crew?
No, we do not have an install crew. However, we do have install advisors available to come to the jobsite to advise your crew in the installation and removal of the product. We do not turnkey jobs, but we have contractors that have used our product that offer this type of service. Contact our office for details.
Q. What sizes do the products come in?
Aqua-Barriers® rent in 4 ft, 6 ft, and 8 ft heights and lengths of 25 ft, 50 ft, 75 ft,and 100 ft. Multiple units can be connected together to create any size work area you need. You can purchase customized barriers from 1 ft in height up to 8 ft in height and up to 100 ft in length. WIPP barriers® are made to order for specific size needs. See Literature page and click on appropriate brochure to view each size chart .
Q. What is our product made of?
The barriers are made using a vinyl coated polyester membrane with a scrim reinforcement for strength.
Q. Can our product be used in freezing temperatures?
In some cases yes! Please call our knowledgeable sales representatives for advice on using the product in severe cold climates.
Q. What is the maximum water depth our product will control?
Due to varying conditions, there is no simple answer to this question. However, by rule of thumb, our largest barrier will control up to 6 ft of water and sediment combined. Each size needs to have a minimum of 25% freeboard.
Q. How long does it take to set up a barrier?
A. Installation time varies according to system size and pump source. But in most cases it will take 2 hrs or less to install 100 linear feet of Aqua-Barrier or WIPP.
Q. How do the barriers ship?
Small WIPP® flood barriers may be shipped in a large box, while the larger Aqua-Barriers are shipped on 4×5 pallets via a commercial truck line.
Q. Can I use the water on site or do I have to use clean water to fill the barrier?
Any available water source can be used for inflating the barriers. Complete instructions can be found in the User’s Manual, shipped with every order.
Q. Why is 25% freeboard needed?
To achieve a high safety factor putting safety first.