Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Oil Containment Booms - An Easy Guide

By Travis Zdrazil
Now you can save a fortune in clean-up costs and fines by having on hand the proper oil containment booms. The oil spill containing booms are a great investment for you since they can help to contain any contaminant whether it be on land or in the water! Here is what you need to know about this product before you purchase.
There are two types of oil containment booms - absorbent and non-absorbent.
Absorbent type booms.
Oil-Only. Use on water or land. They absorb hydrocarbons only, repel water and will float on water. Made of a poly sock skin filled with super absorbent polypropylene. Has a strong outer mesh with a nylon rope for easy retrieval. Booms can be linked together with steel connector clips. Usually available in diameters of 5 inches and 8 inches and in lengths of 10 feet or 20 feet. White color.
Hazmat. Use on land only. These booms will sink in water. Will absorb all liquids such as water based fluids, hydrocarbons and aggressive chemicals. Also made of with absorbent polypropylene inside of a poly sock skin. These booms connect together and have a strong outer mesh. Available in 10 feet and 20 feet lengths and in 5 inch and 8 inch diameters. Yellow color.
Non-absorbent booms.
There is a large variety of non-absorbent booms on the market to fit your needs. Some are made to be used on calm and protected waters, others for shallow waters, for shoreline and costal protection or for waterways where fast currents may exist. They are made of a 22 ounce heavy-duty PVC fabric that is UV resistant. Chains or cables are included for tension. They connect with aluminum connectors and come in 25 foot, 50 foot or 100 foot lengths. All have above water containment floats of various heights as will as below water drafts of various lengths. This is to insure that oil or debris does not escape by getting under the containment booms. Non-absorbent booms are deployed long term in harbors or kept on hand by marinas, harbors and clean-up services to control any type of spill on the water. Generally yellow in color.
These booms are known by many different names depending on where they are used, such as marine booms, sea booms, ocean booms, absorbent booms, construction booms, marina booms or spill booms. On the ocean, rivers, lakes and harbors they are hooked together and then vessels pull them into position to encircle the spill. On land, they are connected together to surround the spill to prevent it from spreading. Absorbent pads are then used to absorb the hydrocarbons or chemicals encircled.
Absorbent booms should be disposed of according to Federal, State or local regulations. Non-absorbent booms can be easily cleaned with a detergent and pressure washer for reuse. The run off from the cleaning however has to be captured and disposed of properly.
Visit the site below for a free comparison chart of the different types of non-absorbent containment booms.
Travis Zdrazil is a successful businessman who has been part of a successful partnership since 1985. With over 10 years of business experience Travis uses his business expertise to select and supply businesses with products to aid in meeting EPA and OSHA requirements. Sign up for his free newsletter at or feel free to contact him if you have any questions on oil containment booms through the site.
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