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THE NEXT GENERATION IN FLOOD PROTECTION TM
Quick Dams, what are they and how do they work?
Quick Dams contain a super absorbent polymer (similar to what’s inside baby diapers) that react and swell on contact with water. Once activated (typically 5 minutes), the water is contained as a gel within the fabric, thus acting as a barrier.
How do you activate them?
Lay them in position and wait for the rain, spray with a hose, dunk them in a bucket of water, lay them in a puddle or place them in a water source like a stream.
Do I have to add water?
Depending on your situation, you may pre-activate them or let the weather activate them. Quick Dams can be placed in position and wait for water to arrive. If a current of water is expected, partially activating them is recommended so that they don’t float away. If building a retaining wall is desired, pre-soaking & stacking them is recommended.
Do Quick Dams work with salt water applications?
No, Quick Dams do not work with salt water, calcium, lime or chlorine. There is a chemical reaction that causes the water to be released back out, making them not effective as a barrier & must be thrown away.
How should I position Quick Dam Flood Barriers?
Flood Barriers contain a wedge to prevent them from rolling. When laying in position, be sure to place the "mini channel" away from flooding water. This will assure that as it grows, it acts as a wedge to secure in position. Ideally, place Quick Dams outdoors in the path of problem water & divert it, before it becomes a problem. They can also be used to absorb & contain a leak or spill.
I noticed some white crystals on the outside of the product after I activated it. Is that normal?
Yes, this is normal. During our manufacturing process the needles can pull the powder through the stitched seam, which will cause crystals to appear the first time you activate the product. The gelled water will wash away with water, degrade over time & is non hazardous.
How long do Quick Dams last?
Un-activated: indefinite as long as kept dry, so store in their closed package until needed.
Activated: if left in position, they can last for 6-12 months.
Can I re-use them?
Yes, you can re-use them. Once activated, Quick Dams will remain active until the water evaporates, typically taking a several weeks for complete evaporation. If left in position, they will shrink while evaporating and grow when re-exposed to water.
They seem to shrink. Is that normal?
Yes, as the water evaporates, they will get smaller. If complete evaporation is desired, store Quick Dams in a dry environment. Over several weeks, Quick Dams will shrink & become crunchy. Once re-exposed to water, they will swell again.
What do I do with them when I’m done?
Quick Dams are environmentally friendly and can be disposed of in the trash. Quick Dam contents will degrade with UV exposure, pressure and time, leaving an empty pouch that can be thrown in the trash.
I notice a slimy feel on the Quick Dams, what is that?
Quick Dams contain a super absorbent polymer that is non-toxic & non-hazardous and will degrade over time. This degradation is the slime that you feel. Simply wash or wipe it off.