For nearly 40 years, Flo Trend has been an industry authority in dealing with storm and floodwaters. Our company gained a whole new insight into the importance of floodwater removal last year when Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 30 million gallons of water on our hometown, Houston, Texas. While the entire Flo Trend family was affected by Harvey’s historic rainfall, our wastewater expertise proved highly useful in the storm’s aftermath. Here are some floodwater lessons that can help you in the wake of future storms and disasters:
First, it’s critical to understand that the flooding in Houston caused millions of gallons of raw sewage to flow through the city’s streets—and structures. The bacteria and other wildlife found in floodwaters is extremely dangerous, so stay out of flood waters if at all possible. Once floodwaters enter your home or business, it is time to leave immediately.
Flood waters not only create significant damage immediately, but also have a long-term impact on buildings. The longer water soaks into a structure, the more damage it will cause. Wood will warp, drywall will turn to mush, and foundations will crack as wet ground shift beneath them. Mold is also a critical health concern and can grow on wet areas and behind walls. Simply put, the sooner untreated water is removed from structures, the better.
Experts agree that removing water quickly and as safely as possible is a critical factor in recovery operations following a flood. Fast water displacement is best done with a mechanical pump. We discovered after Harvey that Flo Trend’s Flo-Vac Pump is a highly effective tool for this job, used in conjunction with our patented container filters. The Flo-Vac provides the vacuum required for fast dewatering of the sludge left behind in structures after a flood.
Since most pumps rely on electricity or a combustion engine to drive the action that will pull out floodwater, having a power source is critical after a flood. To make this powering process as easy as possible, the Flo-Vac Pump can run on electricity, gasoline, or diesel—whichever is available immediately in the aftermath of a disaster like Harvey.
Our Flo-Vac Pump is connected to a container filter, where circulating liquid in the tank creates a vacuum. The Flo-Vac produces vacuum pressure of 30 inches of mercury. It is also dry-run proof, meaning that its eductor functions whether it is taking in air or water with no interruption or damage to the pump. The sludge enters the container filter, where solids are filtered out into a dry cake for dumping. Clear water will drain from the container filter and can be safely returned to a municipal waterworks.
Flo Trend can customize the Flo-Vac to suit any job. Available tank sizes range from 45 gallons to 1,000 gallons. The Flo-Vac is also available in standard and explosive-proof models.
If you need a plan in place to potentially dewater thousands of gallons of flood-related sludge, our wastewater experts are standing by to help devise a custom solution for your unique challenges. Call Flo Trend today at 1-800-762-9893.