Hurricane Safety: What Your Business Needs

Preparing for Hurricane Dorian With The Right Solutions




Hurricane safety when facing down a major storm is a big concern. Preparing your home and business for flood or wind damage will ensure you are able to pick up day-to-day activities when the storm passes.  Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane, and you want to make sure your business is prepared to face its effects. Storm surge, localized and widespread flooding, and high wind speeds will whip through Florida cities. If you don’t have the right hurricane safety essentials, you could be left with incredible damage.


The National Hurricane Center reports that regardless of Hurricane Dorian’s exact track, heavy rains are expected to occur over several days, which can result in widespread flooding. Tornadoes are another issue when planning for this hurricane safety because they often occur in the rain bands away from the center of the storm. Having a plan when storms strike is just as essential as having the right solutions when Hurricane Dorian is in your own front yard. Keep reading for essential hurricane safety supplies.



Large and Small Flood Protection Walls

With hurricanes comes storm surge, rising canal waters, and torrents of falling rain. Preparing for the possibility of rising flood waters means keeping in mind what areas of your business or home are most flood-prone. Depending on what kind of flood protection your home or business needs, you might choose different types of flood protection walls. For heavier flood protection, flood barriers are ideal. For smaller-scale flood protection, sandbags would be a better choice.


Sandbags can provide you with the strength and stability you need during a hurricane. The best part? You can maneuver sandbags yourself and set them up around your home or business where you need them the most. Our standard sandbags are made with high UV poly material that offers strength and support along riverbanks, businesses, and homes. Sandbags should be placed parallel to water flows with the top end of the bag folded under. Sandbags facilitate hurricane safety by being flood protection walls you can move yourself.

Flood barriers provide a larger flood prevention solution for businesses during hurricanes. When flood waters rise to considerable heights, businesses feel the effects. As we saw during Hurricane Harvey in Texas in 2017, some cities got over 26 inches of rain in just 24 hours. Having infrastructure in place to protect your business is essential. 



Our flood barriers are easy to set up and install. Typically 2.4 or 5.8 feet tall, these flood protection walls can be stacked to form a pyramid and can be filled with sand, cement, gravel, or even crushed stone. While bulkier flood protection than sandbags alone, flood barrier walls offer increased protection from storm surge.


Emergency Water Storage  and Fuel Storage

Having access to reliable emergency water storage could mean the difference between life and death. Water supply provides access to drinking water and non-potable water for cleaning, other daily activities, and even fire suppression. Hurricane safety means prepping enough water and fuel before the rains come.


Water storage bladders can be made with fabrics that satisfy NSF61 and FDA requirements for potable, drinking, emergency water storage. When needing to safely store temporary drinking water for a group of people, having flexibility in water storage capacity is important. Hospitals, nursing homes, and shelters will need a viable water storage solution when storms come. Barbados hospitals and other organizations are maintaining 50,000 gallon water tanks for use during Hurricane Dorian for emergency water storage.


Having a tough, rugged flexible fuel tank is ideal when facing down a hurricane. Stationary fuel storage during an emergency is absolutely necessary. Our flexible bladders can range in capacity from 25 to 210,000 gallons. Flexible fuel storage is useful in disaster relief, fuel storage in remote locations, and FEMA emergency relief efforts.



Containment and Leak Protection With Tarps



Leaks can happen at any time. During a hurricane, the chances of a leak occurring increases exponentially. Tarps are one of the most versatile hurricane safety supplies. Useful in weatherproofing and protecting valuables, heavy duty tarps are essential when preparing for hurricane safety. Drip diverters are also helpful when it comes to hurricane safety and water containment.



Following a Step-by-Step Hurricane Safety Plan

Having a ready supply of hurricane supplies with the right plan will make sure your business and home are prepared for the worst possible scenarios. Flood protection walls, emergency water storage, tarps, and drip diverters are all part of a bigger plan to keep your business and home safe from Hurricane Dorian. Visit our Emergency Supplies page for information on the essential supplies needed for hurricane safety.

For even more comprehensive information on prepping your business, visit FEMA’s  Business Protection Toolkit to learn how you can practice hurricane safety before, during, and after a hurricane.

Call us today at 1-772-646-0597 and ask to speak to a hurricane preparation specialist. 

Five Reasons to Invest in Portable Water Storage Tanks

How Water Storage Tanks Can Save Money, Time, and Lives


Having access to water is essential. 

Whether that water is for drinking, landscaping, or for extinguishing wildfires, having a portable water supply is important to do your job faster and easier. Investing in a portable water storage tank will provide access to water in situations when it is needed most.

Here are five reasons your business needs to invest in a portable water storage tank.


1. Transport water in emergency situations.

When emergencies arise that limit our access to water, having our own supply is imperative. When roads are flooded after a hurricane and clean water is a scarce commodity, having an on-hand, portable water storage tank could be a lifesaver.

A pickup truck emergency water storage container that sits neatly in the bed of truck provides water on-the-go. This would be a smaller solution to emergency water storage for fire protection.

These tanks are made from highly resistant polyethylene materials that range in capacity size from 210 to 465 gallons. If you need to transport drinking water, the interior of these tanks can be coated to meet FDA standards for safe drinking water.

There are also larger options for emergency water transport.The Argo water trailer is designed to access off-road farms and remote locations. One benefit of this trailer is its ability to quickly access and address bale, cotton, or grass fires.


2. Clean off dirty equipment.

Sometimes the most important thing for your business is to safely transport water around for various tasks. 


Equipment gets dirty and needs to be washed down after work is completed or employees need water in remote locations. Whatever the reason, a DOT compliant water tank trailer is a solution to your water transporting needs.

Our 500 gallon Argo water tank trailer is equipped to handle many of your water storage requirements. 

Made with high strength polyethylene, the tank is situated on a DOT compliant trailer and outfitted with hoses, pumps, and spray equipment. These tank trailers are resistant to rust and corrosion, and are ideal for remote areas.


3. Spray agriculture on-the-go.

Need more water and more control on your grounds? Having a utility vehicle sprayer with  a wide spray field may be what you’re looking for. 

Perfect for use on lawns, golf courses, and fields, the compact spray unit can be placed on the back of utility vehicles for water transport to needed locations.

Our utility vehicle sprayers feature either a 50 or 100 gallon storage capacity polyethylene tank, which connects to a spray gun via 25 feet of hose and hose wrap.

4. Suppress dust to stay compliant.

Dust suppression is important to stay in compliance while successfully completing work on roadways. 


Without suppressing dust, you’ll be at risk of contributing to sediment pollution, incurring environmental fines, and putting your employees’ health at risk. Using a large-capacity water tank trailer can solve this problem for you.

Take a look at our Express 1,000 gallon water tank for your bigger jobs. Suppressing dust is made easy with this trailer’s galvanized spray bar which has a 25-foot swath, allowing the water to be faster and easier to handle. With a 20-foot, easy-to-use hose, the tank can be filled from almost any other body of water. Because of the tank’s see-through poly material and clearly marked water lines, you'll always know when you’re running low on water.

5. Fight fires in rural areas.

When a fire breaks out in a remote area, emergency services might not be able to make it to your location before the fire spreads to buildings, damages other property, or harms people and animals. Having a portable fire protection water storage tank allows you to transport water anywhere on your property and in other rural locations. A portable storage tank with high capacities provides greater resources to put out any fires that should occur.

Our fire suppression water trailers are equipped with a 25-foot hose and 2-inch pump with a Honda engine for fire prevention. The polyethylene tank is designed for off-road use to handle the most remote of locations. This tank trailer’s hose has the ability to target spray areas and also cover large amounts of ground with an adjustable spray bar. 

The tank’s black color is an added benefit. Because light is blocked from reaching the water, it reduces the likelihood of algae forming in the tank. You can also use this tank as a reserve


Choosing Your Portable Water Storage Tank

Whatever the water needs are for your business site, having a portable water storage tank will save you time, money, and worry in the long run. Whether this tank is 200 or 1,600 gallons, choosing the size and type of tank will depend on your business applications, needs, and goals.

Do you want to know what kind of portable water storage tank solution is right for you? 

To learn more about GEI Works, contact us at +1-772-646-0597 to receive one-on-one assistance with all your water storage needs.


Sargassum Blooms Plague Mexican Beaches, Affecting Tourism

How Sargassum Can Be Stopped Before It Reaches the Shore


Masses of sargassum are washing up on Caribbean beaches, hurting tourism, ravaging ecosystems, and overwhelming beaches. In Cancún, previously pristine beaches are covered in the large brown seaweed that usually floats in the ocean.

So, what can be done?

The first step in controlling sargassum is to understand where it is coming from, why the bloom is so large, and how to prevent it from coming ashore to rot.

Predicting Sargassum Blooms


As sargassum blooms and creeps toward shorelines, it’s only natural to wonder how much will be coming in the next few months.

The University of South Florida Optical Oceanography Lab’s Satellite-based Sargassum Watch System (SaWS) offers insight into how much, where, and when the sargassum is coming. This program uses satellite data and numerical models to detect and track sargassum as it moves.

SaWS recently released its sargassum outlookbulletin for June and some information about the coming months. The bulletin confirmed the high amount of sargassum beaching in the Caribbean, as well as large amounts in the central west Atlantic Ocean and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

While the estimated sargassum this year is less than was recorded in 2018, which saw more than 20 million metric tons, the total estimated amount this year is supposed to be greater than 10 million metric tons, which is greater than 2015’s sargassum conditions.

Sargassum Watch System at a Glance:
  • Large amounts of sargassum are predicted for July and August in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
  • This year’s sargassum bloom is the second highest recorded year for the same month.
  • Total estimated amount of sargassum is greater than 10 million metric tons so far this year.
The exact amount of sargassum present on beaches will be determined by ocean tides, circulations, and winds. As mentioned above, the sargassum watch system is an estimation, not a direct prediction.

Caribbean Beaches Struggling with Sargassum


Recently, Mexico enlisted  its Navy to remove the sargassum from some of its beaches and water using heavy machinery. The government hoped this would be cost-efficient, but despite its best efforts the problem may have only gotten worse.

Because of this intense sargassum build-up in the Caribbean, representatives from several countries gathered on June 27 in Cancún to discuss strategies to combat sargassum on Caribbean beaches.

Some of the Caribbean countries in attendance:
  • Mexico
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Trinidad and Tobago
Officials met not to solve the sargassum problem outright, but to collaborate between each other to better coordinate solutions. Some of those solutions included supporting extra research into the sargassum bloom and developing a warning system similar to ones we have for other natural phenomena.


Typical, But Ineffective, Methods of Sargassum Control


A typical method of sargassum control is to remove it directly from the beaches, but this has its problems. Simply removing the sargassum from the Caribbean shorelines, either by hand or with costly equipment that needs to be maintained, is a tedious, short-term task, rather than a long-term solution. 

When you remove it from the beach, you must have a designated area, away from the public, where you can dispose of it due to its corrosive, toxic nature when it decomposes.

Rotting sargassum problems:
  • Emits toxic, corrosive gas
  • Attracts invasive insects
  • Destabilizes beaches, causing erosion
Unlike other sargassum clean-up methods, a floating containment boom can last awhile and doesn’t require multiple clean-up attempts. This solution meets the sargassum where it exists—in the water.

A Good Solution:Stop Sargassum from Coming Onshore


An effective solution for sargassum control is to stop it while it is still mobile and floating in the water.

Sargassum floats because its berry-like pneumatocysts are filled with air and provide buoyancy on the surface of the water in rafts. Floating rafts of sargassum provide needed habitats for fish, turtles, crabs, and birds.

Sargassum itself is not bad, but problems arise when it grows at an exponential rate as a result of nutrient-rich waters from fertilizer runoff and pollution. If the sargassum is creeping onshore in exponential amounts before it can sink, containing it away from shore is the best solution. 

Cost effective solutions to controlling sargassum include using a floating containment boom, also called a floating barrier. These floating barriers contain:
  • Trash
  • Debris
  • Seaweed
Using a permanent barrier, that won’t allow sargassum to wash over it and requires minimal attention, will keep more sargassum away from the shore for a longer period of time. A permanent barrier is a great solutionfor resorts and hotels, who want to keep their beachfronts clean for guests and swimmers.

Keeping the beaches clean is essential for hotels and businesses around Quintana Roo and Playa del Carmen to survive. For Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Tulum, Cozumel, and Isla Mujeres, tourism is at stake with the invasion of sargassum.

Floating Seaweed Barrier


The benefits of a floating seaweed barrier are abundant. For one, they keep sargassum away from beach goers. Once installed, floating barriers need inspections twice a week or after intense weather. 

As sargassum is contained in the barrier, the beach stays clean, and the need for widespread cleanup is eliminated.



Working to remove sargassum from pristine beaches, and ensuring that it doesn’t come back, requires the right tools. The Orion Aquatic Plantand Containment Boom from GEI Works deflects and diverts sargassum from shorelines all while effectively containing it.

Inspect your sargassum containment boom to make sure that is performing at its highest level. Twice a week, check the boom, connections, lines, and buoys for functionality. Also, remove any build-up of sargassum that could threaten the boom.

The best practices for keeping and maintaininga sargassum containment boom can be simple.

Contact GEI Works to receive help and to discuss your sargassum issues at +1-772-646-0597.

Hurricane Tracking and Preparation with New Forecasting Tools

Hurricane Tracking in the Atlantic

Forecasting Severe Storms in Real Time to Better Prepare for Them



Hurricane activity in the Atlantic is supposed to be near-normal this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    
NOAA used hurricane tracking to predict 9 to 15 named storms in 2019, 4 to 8 of which could be hurricanes, and 2 to 4 of which could become major hurricanes.


 

But, can NOAA's hurricane forecasting be improved upon? With the right information, sure it can.

With more up-to-date information, NOAA’s ability to predict storms will improve and, in turn, the public’s ability to prepare for storms will improve as well.  

Preparing for storms well in advance is one of the best ways to survive them. Knowing how to prepare and what hurricane supplies are needed is also important.  With NOAA’s forecasting systems getting new information soon, knowing when to prepare for future storms will be essential.

But, what are these changes to NOAA’s forecasting system and how do they work?
Changes to NOAA’s  Global Forecast System are coming in the form of six new satellites that will orbit the earth’s equator.

This system of six weather satellites is called COSMIC-2, or the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate.

It’s part of a join effort between the U.S. Air Force, NOAA, Taiwan’s National Space Organization, and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, built on the success of the COSMIC-1 program, launched in 2006, which established a climate change thermometer and a global weather forecast.

How NOAA Tracks for Hurricanes

This system of satellites will better track hurricanes around the equator where they are first formed. COSMIC-2 will use radio occultation data to improve weather forecasting models.

How does it all work? Radio occultation is the measurement of how radio waves from global positioning systems and constellations bend as they move through the atmosphere.



GPS satellites circle the equator and send signals down to receivers on earth. Because the density of the earth’s atmosphere changes with height, these signals get distorted along the way. COSMIC-2 hurricane tracking satellites measure the bend in those signals before they’re cut off by the horizon.

These measurements that COSMIC-2 satellites take give scientists real-time information on temperature, pressure, density, and water vapor, all of which are valuable data that scientists can use to track hurricanes.

At a glance, COSMIC-2 satellites measure these in the atmosphere:

  •          Temperature
  •          Pressure
  •          Density
  •          Water Vapor
Preparing for Hurricanes Before They Strike
Making sure your business is fully equipped to safely ride through a storm is essential. Once COSMIC-2’s information is up and running, meteorologists will have a better idea of when severe weather will strike, but you can start preparing for hurricanes now. 


Hurricane essentials for businesses are:

  • Potable water
  • Back-up fuel supply
  • Flood protection
  • Durable tarp covering

Potable Water Storage During Hurricanes

Clean drinking water is usually the first thing everyone puts on their hurricane supply list. That’s because having a supply of clean, potable water for everyday needs is essential. When dealing with the after-effects of a storm, having an emergency water storage tank can be a life saver.

Bladder water tanks are built for safe water storage with durable fabric that meets FDA potable water requirements. GEI Works’ Mars Water Bladder Tanks range in size from 25 gallons to 210,000 gallons.



The emergency water storage onion tanks are easy to set up and made with durable fabric. GEI Works’ Hydrostar Onion Tank can be custom-made with fabric suitable for drinking water. Onion tanks are self rising, self supporting, and fold easily for convenient storage. Low side onion water tanks range from 250 to 10,000 gallons, and high side onion water tanks range from 500 to 10,000 gallons.



Frame tanks are also a valuable tool for water storage. GEI Works’ Centaur frame tank can be quickly set up and filled with water for emergency storage. Having a water storage tank with a liner made with FDA approved materials for potable water is essential. Frame tanks like these range in size from 500 to 5,000 gallons.


Tarp Protection from Wind and Rain

Protecting materials during a hurricane means covering equipment like dumpsters, dump trucks, and secondary containment vessels against rain, wind, and flying debris. GEI Works’ tarps are water proof and leak resistant and can be made in customizable sizes to protect valuable equipment.

Flood Barriers for Storm Surge Protection

Hurricane-force winds bring with them rising oceans and flood waters. Using a flood barrier to protect against flash floods and hurricane storm surge offers higher protection as opposed to smaller sandbags.

GEI Works’ flood barriers can be filled with sand, gravel, or even concrete. Using bulk bags for flood protection is a viable choice for flood protection, as bulk bags offer a larger line of defense than sandbags.


Fuel Tank Preparation during a Storm
Having gasoline is essential during times of severe weather, when generators, vehicles, and other machines might require it. Once the storm has passed, gas trailers might not be able to get through to replenish stations if roads are blocked and power lines are down.

Being  able to store fuel safely on your property will save worry in the long run . A collapsible tank for stationary fuel storage solves this problem. Flexible  fuel tanks come in small and large sizes; smaller bladders come in sizes from 25 to 5,000 gallons and larger bladders comes in sizes from 5,000 to 210,000 gallons.


Looking Forward to New Information in Hurricane Tracking
The COSMIC-2 satellites launched last week on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. Once in orbit, the satellites will be tested for seven months before any data are used in weather models. COSMIC-2 will also fly two space weather science payloads: a radio frequency beacon transmitter and an ion velocity meter to gather even more information.

COSMIC-2 information at a glance:

  • Comprised of six hurricane tracking satellites orbiting Earth's equator
  • Measures changes in atmosphere
  • Gives real-time data to scientists for hurricane tracking
The technology for predicting natural disasters won’t stop them from occurring, but it will make it easier to know when they’re coming. However, we already know the best time to prepare for a storm is now.

Bolstering  Hurricane Forecasting

The information provided by these satellites will help meteorologists and scientists better observe and track hurricanes, typhoons, and other destructive weather systems.

In recent years, in the U.S. particularly, hurricanes have wreaked havoc. Costly hurricanes, like Harvey, Maria, and Irma just in 2017 alone, slammed into the coasts, causing damage with wind, storm surge, and flooding further inland.

Knowing what’s coming will help, but being proactive about hurricane preparedness is the best possible plan.

Have questions about how  you can better prepare your business for hurricanes? To learn more about GEI Works, contact us at +1-772-646-0597 to receive one-on-one assistance with all your hurricane season preparedness needs.

The Midwest Floods of 2019

Preparing for the Worst by Learning from the Past


Spring flooding in the Midwest has caused incredible damage to cities, towns, and agriculture, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimating $37.3 billion in damages. The catastrophic floods in the Midwest and Plains states, reminds us of the Great Flood of 1927 and 1993. But we’ve learned that it’s the conditions and preparation that precede the flooding that determine how much damage will go unstopped.

Potential causes of massive flooding:
  • Snowpack and frost
  • Moisture level in soil
  • Streamflow and precipitation

These factors are all potential contributors to flooding. Precipitation in seven of nine Plains and Midwest states during fall of 2018 outweighed precipitation during fall of 1992. Similarly, eight of nine Plains and Midwest states had a wetter winter during 2018 and 2019 than in 1992 and 1993.

As the soil becomes saturated, it has trouble absorbing heavy rainfall, causing runoff into creeks and rivers.  As the rivers fill up, the potential catastrophic floods increase.

In 1993, a cluster of large thunderstorms, known to meteorologists as mesoscale convective systems, dropped an incredible amount of rain on the Midwest and Plain states. Conditions for rainfall like this most often depend on air temperature.

Surviving a Flood

Three lives have been lost due to the flooding in the Midwest this year, according to NOAA’s weather and climate disaster table of events. The Department of Homeland Security has tips for facing floods natural disasters.
  • Always evacuate if you are told to
  • Don’t drive around barricades
  • Stay off bridges
  • Avoid contact with flood water
  • Move to higher ground
The time to prepare for a flood is now. Know the flood risks in your area, make a plan, and subscribe to your community’s emergency warning system. Learn evacuation routes and plan ahead to protect your home and businesses.


Proven Solutions When Stormwaters Rise

According to NOAA , while states in the upper Mississippi and Missouri River basins (Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa), are at risk of flooding, states in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River and portions of California and Nevada are also at risk of minor floods.

Landslides, erosion, and overflow of water systems are all potential effects of large-scale flooding. Sediment left behind as a result of flood waters, reduces water quality affecting the water supply.
Flood waters can also contain debris and nutrients, which can affect the water quality, encouraging the growth of algae.


Controlling sediment dispersion with a turbidity curtain helps to control erosion, blocking sediment and protecting wildlife and surrounding vegetation. Curtains like this are used to keep bodies of water silt free and keeping the quality of water high.


Sandbags are a great way to limit the effects of flood waters at your home or business on a small scale. Made with either a high UV or burlap material, this material contains sand while limiting the flow of water. Water control bags like these are easy to move to areas in need. To inhibit the effects of flood, stack bags parallel to the flow with the top end of the bad folded under.

The Automatic Multibagger sanbag filling machine can fill three sandbags simultaneously. The machine is operated by three people, each at a filling station. Each operator fills a bag at one of the three chutes, releasing materials by depressing the foot pedal and stopping the flow of materials by releasing the pedal. The automatic sandbag machine can fill one bag every 10 seconds.


Using a flood barrier protection wall can save money and effort when preparing for a flood:
  • Saves money:  Using a barrier during flash flooding, storm surge, or mudslide, offers a large scale alternative to sandbags. 
  • Eliminates worry: Using self-erecting barriers can save time and worry when a storm threatens. Installation simply requires you unfold the barrier and fill. 
  • Utilizes space: The barrier can be used to divert stormwater around property, along a riverbank or slope. Space is often a commodity. With a flood barrier protection wall, one 100 foot section is equal to 8,000 sandbags. Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers offer another large scale solution to mitigating flood waters. 
Features of a bulk bag include either polypropylene-coated or uncoated fabric. Coated bulk bags inhibit moisture and prevent content shifting. Uncoated bags offer more flexibility. When preventing erosion, an uncoated bulk bag would be used for filtration.

Needs can vary when protecting your home or business from the effects of flood water. Contact GEI Works at +1-772-646-0597 to receive one-on-one assistance with all your flood prevention requirements.

Four Must-Have Bladder Tank Accessories

Maximize the many benefits of your collapsible bladder tank with GEI Works tank equipment accessories–easily protect both your location and the contents of your pillow tank.

Bladder Tanks are an extremely useful and versatile form of liquid storage. They fold flat when not in use, they fill up quickly, and are easily drained. They can range in size from 25 gallons to 210,000 gallons capacities for a variety of applications.

However, proper maintenance and best practices are important to ensure its longevity.

The following four bladder tank equipment accessories will help you get the most from your bladder tank, prepare for emergency situations, and protect your tank long term.

1. Ground Cloth for Tank and Ground Protection


Whether your collapsible tank is situated outdoors or indoors, it's important to protect the bladder tank to avoid punctures. Our protection fabric defends the pillow tank from abrasion on rough concrete or ground conditions.

Ground cloths are typically made from vinyl or PVC-coated fabrics, depending on the material of your tank. A variety of fabric thicknesses and weight are available for different liquids and ground conditions.

Each ground cloth can be specifically designed to fit the size of your collapsible bladder, to ensure the proper coverage and protection. A second cloth can even be used on top as a protection cover.

When it's time to set up your water bladder with the ground cloth, the first step is to clear the area. If placed indoors, clean the floor of dirt and trash. For bare ground, all rocks, twigs, and other outdoor debris should be cleared away and the ground leveled to ensure a suitable area for the bladder tank. Spread out the ground cloth where you want the pillow tank to rest, and then place the bladder tank centered on top.

2. Containment Berm for Spill Containment and Protection


Your pillow tank is on the ground cloth and ready to be filled. But now you’re worried about what could happen if it rips or tears. How can you contain any leakage and prevent a mess?

Placing the bladder in a containment berm can keep any leaks or spills from spreading beyond the initial placement area.

The aluminum angle containment berm has 1-foot walls to provide a large spill area in the event of a large accident. Both standard and heavy duty brackets are available for extra support. Fabrics range from PVC to Elvaloy, depending on the nature of the water bladder.

Similar to the ground cloth, each containment berm is specifically designed to fit the specifications of your tank equipment.

The berm isn’t a replacement for the ground cloth but an addition to your bladder protection system. The protection fabric is laid first with the containment berm on top. It still defends against abrasion, only for the berm now. Containment berms add an extra layer of protection against ground conditions and provide spill safety.

3. Tank Fittings for Best Use of Your Tank


In addition to protection supplies for your bladder tank, GEI Works also offers a wide range of materials and fitting types for most bladders.

There are a few questions you can ask to ensure you choose the proper fittings for your tank.

How are you planning to use your tank? Which pipes or hoses will connect? What are their sizes? What type of water flow do you need? Do you need to allow for a small or large volume of water? Do you need the water to stop at different intervals along the hose?

Proper tank fittings have a good seal during use, preventing leaks and spills.

Materials and Type of Tank Fittings
  • PVC
  • PE
  • CPVC
  • PP
  • Fitting Types
  • Ball Valves
  • Bulkhead Fittings
  • Manways
  • Gauges and Adapters
If you need any help choosing the best fittings for your tank, contact our water tank specialists at 772-646-0597 or Contact Us.

4. Tank Repair Kits for Patching a Bladder Tank


Despite all your preparations, the worst has happened – a small leak has formed in your water bladder. Luckily, GEI Works has the solution.

Our tank repair kit contains all the necessary supplies to patch your bladder.

  • Tank Fabric Patch
  • Seam Roller
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Cement Glue
  • Resealable Bag
  • Patching Instructions

The process is deceptively simple.

Start by cutting the repair patch to cover the problem area with 2 inches available on each side. Clean and sand the area to ensure a good seal. Apply cement to the entire patch and repair section before attaching the patch in place. The seam roller prevents air bubbles and wrinkles from drying in place. Finally, apply more cement around the patch edges and allow it to dry completely.

Your collapsible bladder is ready for water again!

Remember These Bladder Tank Accessories


So remember, for the most effective use and protection of your collapsible tank, you need these bladder tank equipment accessories:


For help with these items, you can always contact our product specialists at 772-646-0597 or Contact Us today, and we will be happy to work with you.

See the entire collection of Collapsible Pillow Tanks and other bladder tank equipment available from GEI Works.

Introducing Two New Product Solutions for November

We are announcing two more new products this month. Can you guess what they are? Read below to find out what these products can do for you!

As our customers bring us new problems to solve, we look for new product solutions that can help. GEI Works has over a decade of experience in erosion control, water pollution prevention, facility management, and large scale storage. Our product and sourcing specialists are on a mission to constantly find new, innovative ways to help. As promised, we have two more new product solutions to announce for the month of November.

Dock Fenders – Heavy Duty Protection for Boats and Docks


The inflatable boat bumpers from GEI Works are built to last while protecting boats and docks from minor collision damage. They protect small boats, yachts, boat slips, and heavy use docks. Military and police patrol craft use boat fenders to protect their hulls during routine patrol stops. They can be installed horizontally or vertically, so fenders can also function as piling bumpers. They can even help as cushions while rafting several boats together.

All our dock fender product solutions are constructed from mold resistant, marine-grade black Elvaloy with a gray PVC cover. Each one has a Boston-style valve for inflation and deflation with a pump. Diameter options are 12, 18, and 24 inches with standard lengths available in 8, 10, or 12 feet. Custom lengths can be ordered for yachts, commercial boats, and research vessels. All inflatable boat bumpers also have seatbelt-grade nylon webbing with side release buckles.

The boat fenders have a number of appealing features for both seasonal and year-round sailors. They are designed for repeated inflations, so boaters and yachtsmen don’t need to worry about buying new fenders every year. Simply deflate the bumper, fold it up, and store until needed. The UV-resistant fabric contains marine life inhibitors, so they can be left in the water for long periods of time. Boat fenders also act as shock absorbers to prevent damage to the gelcoat and hull when coming into dock, regardless of boating experience.

FIBC Bulk Bags – Large Multi-Use Storage Containers


Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBC) are used in a variety of industries as product solutions for a number of applications. From grains and coffee to gravel and soil, these food grade bulk bags work well to hold and store large amounts of material. By connecting multiple units, they can even form a flood barrier. With so many uses, FIBC bulk bags make an excellent addition to our product line.

Three different construction models are available, each with different advantages and disadvantages. The most common style, U-Panel, features 3 body panels forming the bag body. One long fabric piece forms two sides and the bottom, while two smaller pieces make up the additional sides. As the industry standard, the U-Panel maintains its square shape when filled. The other models, 4-Panel and Circular, are constructed as their names imply. The 4-Panel uses 4 individual pieces to create bag sides, while the Circular has one tubular piece forming all sides. With more stitches in the sift-proof seams than the rest, the 4-Panel is more prone to seam failure but keeps the square shape better than any other model. The Circular style has the fewest stitches but is less likely to stay in a square shape when completely filled.


Beyond construction style, GEI Works offers other options as well. Capacities range from 2,200 to 4,000 lbs., depending on construction style and dimension. Either corner and cross-corner lift loops are used for transport by pallet jack or forklift. FIBC bulk bags can be either coated or non-coated for different applications and uses. For example, as a flood barrier, bags would need to be coated to reduce moisture intrusion. Coated bags are also necessary for our food grade bulk bags, as they use an FDA-approved 100% virgin polypropylene material. Uncoated bags work better for erosion control purposes, such as gravel bags, as they allow for filtration.

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