Tips and golden rules
We have developed a list of tips for using our products optimally and safely.
Be sure to select the correct barrier size and be equipped with pumps and other necessary tools to prevent infiltration and manage rainwater.
Avoid placing Velcro seals around the corners.
All barrier models are compatible, with the exception of barriers with a height of 6 ″, which can only be attached to barriers of the same model.
Pay special attention to obstacles when measuring the space you need to install the barrier.
Each Water-Gate barrier has a depth ratio of 4 to 1, which guarantees excellent stability.
Sandbags are necessary in certain places of the flap at the front of the barrier to minimize infiltration.
Don’t forget the pumps—Someone must be present at all times!
All the water which infiltrates between the building to be protected and the barrier must be removed using pumps. The elements that can affect the amount of water behind the barrier are:
- The infiltration rate when the barrier is filled, approximately 0.55 gpm/feet.
- Sudden and abundant rain.
- Examine gutter drainage and plan accordingly.
- Think of autonomy depending on the pump model (electric or gas).
The 4 golden rules for a successful installation
1- Never try to contain a leak behind the barrier
If there are leaks, prevent water from entering the front of the barrier. In most cases, this problem is caused by infiltration upstream. If you try to control a leak behind the barrier, it could create a small pool below it and make it unstable.
2- Pump the water behind the barrier
It is important to leave enough space between the building and the back of the barrier to accommodate a water pump. Water that infiltrates under the barrier should not be allowed to accumulate behind it. One of the next chapters deals with the importance of water pumps.
3- Place a regular weight on the front flap
Do not attach the barrier to the ground. The water that enters the barrier creates a weight that holds the water that flows. It is important to place weights on the front to reduce infiltration. The WL model, created for flood control, is designed with integrated ballast allowing rapid deployment. The weights reduce infiltration under the barrier and allow it to stay firmly in place on the ground.
4- Prevent water from accumulating under the barrier
Remove all objects that could cause infiltration under the front of the barrier. It is designed to stay in place on all surfaces, be it asphalt, gravel, grass or concrete. However, if there is too much water under the front, the barrier will not adhere as well and could slip. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the soil is free of all objects that could cause water to accumulate under the barrier.