FAQ - HydraBarrier

Q – How do I use the HydraBarrier? 
A – To use the HydraBarrier, simply fill with water, according to the guidelines given in the instructions.

Q – How much water can a HydraBarrier divert? 
A – HydraBarriers are designed as a water diversion device and as such can divert endless streams of water. HydraBarrier Supreme can divert up to 12 inches of water, HydraBarrier Ultra can divert up to 6 inches of water, and HydraBarrier Standard can divert up to 4 inches of water.

HydraBarriers are intended for moderate use and are sufficient for moderate rainfall or other sources of steady water streams that need to be diverted. 

Q – Can multiple HydraBarriers be used together? 
A – Yes, HydraBarriers were designed to work together to construct large barriers. Simply place HydraBarriers end to end to increase the length of the barrier. For optimum performance on long barriers it is recommended to use HydraBarrier Links to securely connect HydraBarriers together.

Q – What happens if the water in my HydraBarrier freezes?
A – When HydraBarriers are used in extreme cold conditions, it is recommended that they be filled to no more than 2/3 capacity. This will allow for expansion if the water freezes. The cold temperatures will not have any adverse affect on the HydraBarriers material or construction, they can be continued to be used over and over.

Tip: The water in the HydraBarrier can be treated with environmentally friendly anti-freeze containing propylene glycol as the active ingredient to avoid freezing. 

Q – How do I store the HydraBarriers when I’m done?
A – Simply remove the filler cap and drain the water from the HydraBarrier and store in any convenient location. The HydraBarrier will be there waiting for the next time it is needed.

Q – How do I empty the HydraBarriers when I’m done?
After removing the cap(s) and allowing the HydraBarrier to drain horizontally as much as it can, (once it is light enough), stand it up vertically and roll the barrier downward thereby squishing the remainder of the water out of the  fill tube/opening.  Then, once empty,  unroll and place it down flat on the ground and let it lie in the sunshine to dry for a day or two.  Finally roll or fold it up and store it in a garage until needed for next time.

          If you are concerned about draining the water off at the same spot that you were trying to protect, use one of our HydraFills and a garden hose to empty.  Screw the HydraFill onto the end of the hose that will be inserted into the barrier and run the remainder of the hose away from the trouble spot, maybe onto your lawn or down your drive way towards a sewer.  Then remove the cap(s) and insert the HydraFill into the opening on the barrier and push on the barrier to get the water flowing up out of the opening, through the HydraFill and out the hose.  Once the barrier is light enough, you can remove the hose & HydraFill and move the HydraBarrier on to your lawn, and follow up with the procedure listed above.

Q – Are there any special care instructions? 
A – Yes, though HydraBarrier Standard and Ultra are made out of industrial strength vinyl and HydraBarrier Supreme is made out of Tarpaulin, they are not immune to punctures. Take care not to drag or place the HydraBarrier over sharp or abrasive objects.

Q – In the event that a HydraBarrier punctures, can they be repaired? 
A – Yes, every HydraBarrier ships with a patch that can be used to repair punctures.

Q – Can I store drinking water in a HydraBarrier? 
A – No, water that is used in a HydraBarrier is not meant to be potable. However, the HydraBarrier is an excellent vehicle for storing or transporting non-potable water.

Q – What are HydraBarriers made of? 
A – HydraBarrier Standard and Ultra are made out of industrial strength vinyl and HydraBarrier Supreme is made out of Tarpaulin.

Q – How much does a HydraBarrier weigh?
A – Empty 6ft Standard HydraBarriers are very light, weighing approximately 1 pound. Once filled with water a single HydraBarrier can weigh in excess of 75 lbs. 12ft Standard HydraBarriers weigh approximately 3 lbs when empty and 24 ft Standard HydraBarriers weigh approximately 7lbs when empty. 

Q – How much water can a HydraBarrier hold?
A – A full 6ft Standard HydraBarrier can hold 9 to 10 gallons of water. A 6ft HydraBarrier Ultra holds approximately 15 gallons of water. 12ft and 24ft units hold 2 or 4 times that of the 6ft. 

Q – What other applications are HydraBarriers used for? 
A – In addition to water diversion and flood control, HydraBarriers are commonly used as anchors to secure possessions in windy conditions. They are also an excellent solution for anchoring tarps or other covers from blowing away in windy conditions. HydraBarriers are also used for storing and transporting non-potable water as well as erosion control.

– Can the HydraBarrier roll?
A – When filled, the HydraBarrier takes on an oval shape, thus it can potentially roll if placed on an incline. It is best to use the HydraBarrier on a flat surface if possible. If used on inclines, the barriers can be used in conjunction with items like sandbags that can be placed in front of the barrier to stop the barrier from rolling.

Q - Can I return my HydraBarrier?
A - Please see our warranty page for details.