What Is A Pillow Tank and Why Do We Need Them?

For those of you who have never heard of Pillow Tank, you are assuredly in good company.  For many folks, hearing the term may generate a few immediate questions.  The first to come to mind might be: What is a Pillow Tank?  What are they for?

So let’s gets started by answering some of the more basic questions.  First, pillow tanks, also referred to as Pillow Bladders, are actually collapsible liquid storage tanks.  Although, they may be referred to by different names across a wide variety of industries, they are utilized for a variety of important purposes and come in a broad range of sizes to meet very specific needs and requirements.  The primary function of collapsible water tanks are to store and dispense not only water, but many other types of hydrocarbons, fuels and chemicals as well.

Portable liquid storage containers serve a critical need across a variety of industrial and agricultural sectors; from basic water collection and storage to large scale fuel, chemical or liquid waste storage.  They have also become a valuable, easily deployable asset for military applications; as well as for state, local and global governmental bodies and emergency management organizations that may need to respond quickly to a broad range of needs, including environmental or weather related disasters.

What materials are pillow tanks made of?  Tanks can be made with many fabrics including mil spec and commercial fabrics that offers ultraviolet light and chemical corrosion protection. Types of fabric may also be utilized for specific applications including XR-5 military spec fabrics, and NSF 61 approved fabrics for the storage of many liquids.

What sizes are available?  And can they be used for residential water storage?

Bladder Tanks come in many sizes for many types of applications, including larger fuel farm applications and small scale fuel bladder tanks for marine applications.  The standard size range is from 50 gallons to 150,000 gallons.  To really understand the size of this, 150,000 gallons is comparable to the amount of water an average size family of four uses in a year.   According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “.. the residential water use for a family of four is 400 gallons of water per day. That’s nearly 150,000 gallons per family per year.”

(Tanks shown above are filled with air during testing)

A few basic facts about Residential Pillow Tanks & Water Storage Bladders:

Fact 1 

Collapsible water storage tanks come in a wide variety of sizes.  For residential use, common sizes range from 100, 500, and 1000 gallon bladders and may be used under crawl spaces.

Fact 2  

Where there is a need for water collection and storage, portable, collapsible storage tanks and water bladders are ideal for use as part of a rainwater harvesting or general storage system.

Fact 3

Water bladders, water tanks and pillow tanks are flexible, collapsible and designed for durability and fast deployment.

Interstate Products (IPI) manufactures a wide variety of water bladders for personal water storage, emergency relief situations and industrial or agricultural applications.  Custom sized potable water bladder tanks, chemical tanks, fuel storage tanks; as well as bladders for large frac tank applications.  To learn more about Interstate Product’s extended range marine fuel bladders visit our online store at: http://www.interstateproducts.com/


Hard Top Outdoor Drum Storage


Learn more here: http://interstateproducts.com/DrumStorage.htm

Chemical Storage Guidelines and Regulations

Is your company in compliance with the various Federal regulations and guidelines that govern the way hazardous chemicals must be stored?  In the interest of helping our customers to select the right products to ensure the safe storage and transfer of hazardous chemicals and other flammable or combustible materials, Interstate Products has provided below a summary of information and links to relevant Federal compliance resource publications to help you better understand the basic principles, guidelines and regulatory rules that must be followed.

Many of the regulations and guidelines presented below have been widely adopted by most US states, however, it is also important to learn which state laws apply specifically to your industry, company or particular application.  Our customers are encouraged to seek out the relevant agencies involved in these types of regulations and guidelines in the states in which they operate.

Separation, Isolation and Storage of Hazardous Liquids

The improper storage of corrosives and flammable liquids is the leading cause of spills that can result in damage to facilities and impact worker safety.  One of the most effective practices to help minimize damage from chemical spills is to isolate the various chemical hazards.  Since knowledge of chemical compatibility is critical, it is important to understand that there are two major types of chemical hazards that require their own unique storage and transfer protocols.  The two types of chemicals that pose the greatest risk can be classified as either:

  • Corrosive materials, which include acids and bases
  • Flammable or combustible liquids

Corrosive materials have the potential to severely damage surfaces or other substances it contacts.  Physical hazards to workers include chemical burns, skin or eye damage; and inhalation or ingestion of a corrosive liquid can cause respiratory damage.

Flammable and combustible liquids are defined by their flash points.  A liquid’s flash point is a function of its vapor pressure and boiling point.  Flammable and combustible liquids are classified by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) based on their flash points:

Flammable Liquids (Class I):  Liquids with flash points below 100°F (37.8°C) and vapor pressures not exceeding 40 pounds per square inch (absolute) at 100°F (37.8°C).

Combustible Liquids (Classes II and III):  Liquids having flash points at or above 100°F (37.8°C).

The most effective way to isolate your flammable and corrosive hazards is to store them properly in approved safety storage containers and cabinets.  Using the correct flammable storage (gas cans) or chemical storage containers are the first line of defense.  The next step is to utilize the appropriate chemical safety storage cabinets in order to isolate corrosive liquids and flammable liquids from other incompatible chemicals; and to contain the hazards in the event of spill or leakage.

Learn more: http://www.chemical-storage.net/index.htm

Ready T-Bracket Spill Berms measure up to largest spill containment and support requirements

Oil spills and discharges most commonly happen during the oil storage container transfer process, and during fuel and chemical deliveries.  Even though the majority of spills involve less than 100 gallons, most facilities that maintain above-ground storage of more than 1320 gallons of oil are still required to have oil spill plans in place as part of EPA and other regulatory rules.  It is advisable, as part of an oil or chemical spill contingency plan, to have oil spill kits and spill berms at the ready any place where oil is transferred from truck to storage areas and where oil storage drums and containers are housed.  This includes receiving docks, fleet cleaning, decon and maintenance areas, outdoor storage buildings, waste collection areas, oil mixing and processing areas or where oil is routinely pumped from 55 gallon drums.

Spill kits are designed as a countermeasure to help contain and clean up hazardous liquids in the event that a spill occurs; whether it is due to container mishandling or leakage.  For larger fuel storage and chemical storage spill control and containment requirements, spill berms are an integral part of any oil spill mitigation plan.  Interstate Products Inc. (IPI) carries a broad range of portable spill berms, in a variety of sizes and materials to meet any requirement.

IPI has continued expanding our spill containment berm product line with the introduction of increased wall heights and liquid storage capacity on our Ready L-Bracket Berm; which is also now available with “T” shaped bracket supports.  Both IPI’s Rapid Entry and L-Bracket berms can now be manufactured to accommodate up to eighteen inch T brackets for the largest support and containment requirements.  Combo wall berms are ideal for use as secondary containment for tanker trucks, decontamination, fuel and chemical deliveries; and for larger capacity containment areas ranging from thousands of gallons to tens of thousands of gallons.  Our new T-Bracket Berms accommodate larger tankers by offering more containment capacity in a smaller space.

IPI manufactures foam wall berms in a variety of both standard and customized sizes with wall heights ranging from 2 inches up to 12 inches available.  Our new T-Bracket Berm is designed to support higher containment capacity by providing greater wall strength.  Where the standard L-Bracket Berm can hold up to 748 gallons, the new T brackets can hold up to 50 percent more within a smaller overall berm footprint.

The versatile, space saving Ready L-Bracket spill containment berm offers features that make it ideal for spill control. The lightweight supports take up almost no extra space and it folds down to a compact size for easy storage and transport.  This berm is ideal to use in a manufacturing plant for temporary storage of batteries, drums, tanks, maintenance parts and more. The compact size and portability also provides for sturdy spill response at jobsites for leaking tanks, vehicles, equipment and machinery.  Heavy duty supports make our berms even tougher and stronger than the myriad of ‘economy’ berms on the market today.

IPI’s standard Ready L-Bracket Berm is manufactured using 30 mil XR-5® geomembrane, which is made from heavy-duty reinforced fabric that is ideal for the rapid entry of trucks and tankers, providing for containment of most common spills.  Optional berm liners, ground mats and containment pads can be ordered for under the berm protection and placement on rough terrain.

In addition to collapsible, foam wall drive through berms, we can build customized combo wall berms in a variety of wall heights that provide maximum support with T bracket reinforcement on the longer side walls and drive-over foam walls on the entry and exit sides.  Our customer can feel secure with a 7-year warranty on seams and workmanship and 10 years pro-rated on cracking and UV damage. Our berm specialists are available by calling 1-800-474-7294.  For more information visit:  http://store.interstateproducts.com/all_spill_berms-ready.htm

Distributor’s Innovative Rust Repair Solution Solves Problem of Paint Over Rust

Interstate Products also adds online chat Feature to rust inhibitor website

Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), a leading distributor and preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions is building upon the success of its innovative rust repair solutions and has recently added a new online chat feature to its Rust Converter website in order to provide customers with instant and direct access to the company’s rust control product specialists.  As a global multi-brand supplier of quality materials handling, maintenance and safety product solutions for industrial producers, commercial users and automotive repair organizations, IPI’s recent integration of this free online chat function is focused on helping users solve problems like ‘how to remove rust from cars, trucks, facilities and equipment.’  The new website offers immediate and enhanced customer assistance in selecting the right rust converting products for specific vehicle, equipment and facility maintenance applications.

Rust, also known as oxidation, is caused when the surface of metals such as iron or steel is converted to iron oxide as the result of exposure to oxygen and moisture.  This process of oxidation can result in aesthetic damage to surfaces, structures, vehicles and equipment; or worse, rust can create safety hazards by weakening the structural integrity of these metals through long term degradation, causing structures or materials to become brittle and crumble apart.  Traditional approaches to rust removal include sandblasting, scraping, and then priming surfaces with a rust-inhibiting primer.  Today, the best method for rust control or rust elimination can be accomplished with the use of rust converter solutions in the form of brush-on liquids.

Primary industrial rust control applications include use on construction equipment, structures, vehicles, auto rust, railings, marine applications, machinery and for general equipment maintenance.  Rust neutralizers are also used by homeowners who have a need to remove rust on a variety of steel or iron surfaces.  Rust converting solutions work by turning rust into an inert primer, chemically converting rust into a black protective surface.  Commercial formulations such as “1” STEP (THE RUST KILLER), is a rust converter treatment that neutralizes existing rust and acts as a smooth long lasting primer on both rusted metal and previously painted surfaces; and it offers the best alternative to less environmentally friendly and expensive sandblasting or wire brushing methods or hazardous chemicals and toxic acid penetrates.

Interstate Products is now offering this reformulated blend of rust neutralizer and treatment for both industrial and residential use that is safer and more environmentally friendly.  The new reformulated brand, “1” STEP contains less solvent, no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and no hazardous air pollutants (HAPS); and is compliant with California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board guidelines and the state’s various local air district regulations.  “1” STEP is a non-flammable, water based treatment to clean rust and is approved for use on all non-food contact surfaces.  The rust converter works by chemical reaction to quickly eliminate rust and neutralize it completely, turning it into an inert polymer and long lasting protective coating.  To learn how to permanently fix rust on a car, truck or other metal surface please visit our website and use our new technical resource, live chat feature to connect with IPI’s rust control solution experts at: http://store.interstateproducts.com/Rust_Control.

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