Quick Dam Sandless SandBags are an easy way to prevent Texas flood waters from claiming your home as a storm prize!
These very small units fold out to make a huge barrier keeping the rain water out. Use them to keep water from entering the house, garage, or from washing out landscaped areas. These little big giants are available at Zinger Hardware.
I know you have lots of questions so here are the answers to the most frequently asked:
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 fresh 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 and stacking them is recommended.
Do Quick Dams or any other water activated sandbags 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 absorbed water to be released back out, making them not effective as a barrier and they 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 and divert it before it becomes a problem. They can also be used to absorb and 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 the 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 and is non toxic and nonhazardous.
How long do Quick Dams last? Un-activated: indefinite as long as they are 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 several weeks for complete evaporation. If left in position, they will shrink while evaporating and grow when re-exposed to water.
If complete evaporation is desired, store Quick Dams in a dry environment , like a garage or shed. Over several weeks, Quick Dams will shrink and become crunchy and ready to store away. Once re-exposed to water, they will absorb and 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. Polymer contents will degrade with UV exposure, pressure and time, leaving an empty pouch that can be thrown in the trash. Gelled contents can be cut out of the bag and spread on lawn or garden to provide temporary moisture until degradation occurs, typically within a few days. Contents will be VERY slippery, so keep off of walkways to prevent slip and fall accidents.
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I hope this will help you to stay dry and safe. Stop into Zinger Hardware and enjoy an old fashion bag of popcorn on us. Michael Ferweda