Spills happen -- that is inevitable. However spills DO NOT have to hit the ground. They don’t have to contaminate your job site or cost you money. The right questions will ensure you get the right containment for your job. More importantly, working with the right containment company will ensure you’re asked the right questions.
- What are you containing?
- What are the conditions of the job site?
- How is my containment made?
- What materials are used to make my containment?
- Will I receive support after the sale?
- What Are You Containing?
Containment berms are used to contain everything from water to hydrocarbons, acids and more. Knowing what fluids or materials that could be in the containment berms is extremely critical. A thicker berm material does not mean a better berm material. Always know what could spill into your containment.
2. What are the Conditions of my Job Site?
Job sites can vary from a concert venue to an offshore drilling platform -- from a new construction site to a chemical plant. For every site, there are two basic questions: first, “What kind of ground will my containment be used on?” Oftentimes, berms are placed on rough, rocky ground while heavy equipment is placed on the berm. If a sharp rock or object lies underneath the berm, the weight of the equipment can cause that rock to tear your containment, rendering it ineffective. This can easily be addressed by making sure your containment is manufactured with a material that is strong enough for the demands of your job and by purchasing ground protection, to lie under the berm, providing protection from punctures and tears.
The second question is, “What demand will be placed on my containment?” Understanding how long your project will be, in addition to the demand that will be placed on that containment for the duration of the job, is key to making sure you get the right berm. If your job will require people, equipment & vehicles constantly moving in and out of the containment berm, you’ll need more than the ‘economy’ option to ensure you're protected for the length of your job.
3. How is my Containment Made?
Not all berms are created equal. Uneven welds, improperly sealed corners, weak standing walls – we’ve all seen them. Manufacturing reliable containment takes more than just attention to detail – it takes engineering and training. The work of a trained technician is repeatable and predictable, guaranteed to give you the same quality containment, every time. Backing that up, there is a QC process. This process involves trained techs that carefully inspect the containment to make sure your containment delivers exactly as advertised.
4. What Materials are Used to Make my Containment?
The quality of the material used to produce a containment berm plays a critical role in the stability of its containment. Many containment companies manufacture with Recycled/Non-Spec Material. These remanufactured materials contain inconsistencies due to impurities and are more brittle than non-recycled materials. This causes weakened welds, which lead to tears and ultimately leaks. Recycling is noble, but if you want a berm engineered for the extreme, you need a berm material that meets ASTM standards.
5. Will I Receive Support After the Sale?
Long after the P.O. has been issued, the containment has been delivered and the job has started...you will need support. Your berm might be damaged by a contractor, or a modification will need to be made, in the middle of the project. Your customer will call you on the weekend, needing more containment, ASAP. Who will you call? Spills are unplanned and unpredictable. Work with a containment company that answers the phone when you call.
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