Stay Longer with Bladder Pak Recreational Bladders

Off roading and camping is an activity enjoyed by most Australia people. Getting off the beaten track and into nature also means packing enough of the essentials such as food, water and fuel.

recreational_water_bladderFabric Solutions Australia now offer a range of strong bladders to help you travel further and stay longer on your next camping or boating trip. Able to hold either diesel fuel, water or waster water in either standard sizes or customized to suit your boat, campervan or 4wd.

Made from durable TPU a Urethane based polymer, the bladders are designed to withstand the tough environment that goes with camping and boating. TPU also have the added benefit is that there is no foul aftertaste that is usually associated with PVC bladders (a material used in many cheaply made bladders). TPU is BPA free, so its good for and the environment.

All Bladder Pak bladders are made in Australian at our factory, located in Brisbane, Australia, so you can be assured you are not getting a cheaply made import. Super strong HF welded joins means there are no glued seams to come apart.

Bladder Pak – simple and convenient liquid storage. Unlike plastic or metal jerry cans, Bladder Pak water and fuel bladders can be rolled up when not in use, making them easy to store. As the fill, they only take up space of the liquid that they are holding. Also they will conform to the place they have been stored. Meaning they are perfect for foot wells and other areas of vehicles that are normally wasted space.

So on your next camping or boating trip, try a Bladder Pak bladder, so you can travel further and stay longer.

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Increasing the Value of Your Pool with Swimming Pool Covers

Many people consider using pool covers for their inground or above ground pool (or spa) as it increases the value and return on your investment. This is achieved in a number of very simple and practical ways:

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  1. The pool cover (also known as a pool blanket) prevents almost all evaporation. This barrier between the outside air and water surface will also stops convection heat loss (when the ambient air temperature drops below the water temperature in the pool).
  2. Because evaporation is now almost eliminated, the effect is that you don’t have to re-balance the chemicals in the pool after a top up as often. Also the pool cover reduces the amount of UV entering the pool, which in turn prevents a lot of chlorine being lost to UV degradation.
  3. The pool blanket barrier also stops between 80% and 90% of debris from entering the pool. Less debris means your pool cleaner has a reduced work load and many pool cleaners are able to work under the cover.
  4. Even without any other form of heating, a pool cover will naturally trap in heat, warming a pool up around 6 to 8 degrees. Pools that used some form of heating will see significant energy cost savings.

When your pool cover is fitted, make sure the pool size is measured properly and the cover cut in properly so there are no gaps. It is common to make a pool cover up to 75 mm larger on each side so it forms a lip around the entire edge. Gaps in the edging will reduce the overall efficiency that the pool cover can offer.

When using the pool, make sure the pool cover is stored away from sunlight and rolled up properly. The added expense of a pool roller will not onlyhelp your pool blanket last longer, but it also makes removal and refitting a lot easier.

Lastly make sure your chemical levels are not allowed to go too high, as prolonged exposed to high chemical levels will shorten the life of all pool covers. Chlorine levels should not exceed 1.5 to 2.0 ppm for unstabilised pools and 3.0 ppm for stabilised pools (source SPASA pool cover fact sheet,http://www.spasa.org.au/images/stories/SPASA/factsheets/2014facts/FS6.pdf) . Also never super chlorinate with the pool cover on, leave the cover off until level return to normal. Automatic chlorine dosers should also be run at a reduced rate.

Getting the Most From Your Rain Water Tank

Fix Leaks : As rain water tank get older they can to form cracks and leak. This can arise from ground movements or structural defects like rust (in the case of steel tanks). When fixing a tank, there are only a few methods that can be considered:

water tankApplication of a sealant

pros – inexpensive for concrete tanks if done properly and is some cases the water won’t need to be drained before application.

cons – will not generally work on poly tanks, and needs to be flexible to accommodate tank movement.

Welding (plastic or steel)

pros – This is an effective way to repair poly tanks, as done properly the weld is about as strong as the original plastic.

cons – need to remove water to make repairs, and join strength is dependent on the skill of the operator.

Use of a tank liner

pros – very flexible and will move accommodate ground movements easily. Custom made to fit any tank. Usually comes with a 10yr guarantee. Will fit any almost any tank that is still structurally sound. Does not usually need the same level of preparation as applied coatings do. Also if you can get inside the tank, you can usually install the liner yourself.

cons – you will have to empty the tank. Must be careful with abrasive surfaces as it is possible to puncture lining.

Clean Your Tank Regularly

Over time sludge and other debris will accumulate at the bottom of a tank. How fast this occurs will depend on a number of factors. Usually the sludge at the bottom of a tank can be siphoned off without the need to empty the tank. If the debris is coarse, you may need to use a hose up to 50 mm in diameter.

In some cases you may need to drain the tank to clean it. Choose carefully what you will clean the tank with as harsh chemicals can destroy a tank liner or can contaminate the water. Also be careful not to damage the liner when cleaning, so this means don’t wear shoes and avoid using any sharp instruments that can tear or pierce the liner. For extreme cases, such as a dead animal has been in the tank, consider using a professional tank cleaning service.

If you do enter the tank, ensure that there is adequate ventilation and work with at least one other person present.

Prevent Mosquitoes From Breeding

Today’s modern rainwater tanks are designed to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. New tanks include several measures, such as:

  • mosquito proof screens with an aperture of no more than 1 mm on all outlets, overflows and any other opening.
  • Tightly fitted lids, covers and inlet downpipes so mosquitoes cannot enter the tank.
  • An inspection panel (usually the top inlet for the rainwater), so periodic inspections can be carried out.

To ensure your tank doesn’t become a breeding ground, regularly inspect all inlets, outlets and any other opening for signs of wear and tear. Also make sure that there are no open sources of pooled water as these are prime mozzie breeding grounds.

The Australian Rainwater Industry Development Group (ARID) recommend that older, outdated tanks should be upgraded to a modern tank, or at the least a licensed plumber or service professional is called in to assess the health risks.

Work Safe With a Portable Spill Bund

LOGOLooking after the environment is everyone’s responsibility. Every state in Australia has an EPA Government Department that has a broad range of powers that it can call upon to ensure the protection of the environment. The EPA can cover offences that range from minor infringements such as litter, illegal dumping and smoky cars right up to more serious issues such as chemical spills.

This also means very company and worker has an obligation to ensure that not only are chemicals stored safely, but there are processes in place to detect and contain any leaks and spills that may occur, even if accidently.

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secondary-containment-bund-linersWhen a spill bunds or leak happens, its not just the inconvenience and cost of the cleanup that a company or individual will have to face. The EPA will also investigate and can impose additional fines, conditions and other restrictions that are deemed appropriate to the scale of the offence. So any spill is not only damaging to the environment, but can be a costly exercise that will waste much productive time.

Because the EPA covers such a broad range of areas, they have at their disposal and number of regulatory tools to help the enforce the law, including:

  • Formal warnings
  • Licence conditions
  • Notices and directions
  • Mandatory audits
  • Enforceable undertakings
  • Legally binding pollution reduction programs
  • Prosecutions

So it is in everyone’s interest to ensure equipment, chemicals and any other work involving hazardous chemicals is done in a safe manner and such that any accidents are quickly detected and contained. On the work site, portable spill bunds are quickly becoming the must have item, due to the versatility and ease of deployment.

Fabric Solutions Australia is a provider of portal spill bunds. These are used in variety of areas where the potential for contamination may occur. Uses include:

  • Wash down applications
  • Servicing or storing plant and equipment
  • Drive on and off fuel transfers
  • Storage of drum and containers

Portable spill bunds are particularly useful as they are re-usable and easy to re-locate. They can be bought “off the shelf” or readily customized to suit individual applications as required. So don’t chance the costly expense that a spill will incur (and likely fine), make sure your site is properly protected.

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Most Effective Fabric Tank liner

LOGODomestic water storage is becoming a necessity for many households due to natural occurrences such as droughts. As this is the case water tanks are fast becoming the norm for rural and domestic properties where town water is limited. The most common tanks used for this application are concrete, poly and corrugated steel tanks. Tanks however are suspect to leaks due to cracking and holes, and while welding and patching can temporarily fix the issue, more than likely more leaks and cracks will develop in the tank over time.

corrugated_tank_with_tank_linerDue to this very reason, tank liners are the best and most cost effective solution to fixing these issues. Tank liner are designed to fix not only current leaks and holes, but also leaks and holes which will most likely develop as the tank is used more. Liners are manufactured oversize to allow for any change in the shape of the tank shell, and liners will last for a period of approximately 15 years (depending on the quality of the material being used).

Tank liners such as PVC, Polyethylene and Polypropylene are designed to be used in tanks where the primary application is the storage of drinking water, and can also be manufactured to be used in other applications such as irrigation, rainwater collection, grey water, sewerage and stock water.

The great news is that once a liner has been installed, you only need to access the tank every year or two for cleaning and maintenance (as is standard with all tanks, regardless of if they have a liner or not).

Tank liners are designed to fit in basically every type of tank available on the market, and can even be installed in tanks which do not conform to the standard shape of a circle or rectangle, as all tank liners are custom manufactured to suit your specifications.

Fabric Solutions | Pool Debris Covers

Dura-Cover MESH Pool Cover

LOGOFabric Solutions specialize in the manufacture and or installation of dirt, debris and leaf pool covers. Each cover is manufactured to the pool size and shape, giving not only a very functional debris cover, but one that looks good as well. Most pools are used for around 3 to 4 months of the year, so it makes sense to “seal” up your pool for the time it is not in use. Once you have a cover you will find that there are large savings because of reduction in chemicals needed to sanitise the pool, general maintenance and electrical running costs as the filter running time can be significantly reduced.

Dura-covers:

  • Area great way to winterize your pool.
  • Manufactured from a woven mesh which has been specifically designed for use in a pool cover application and has proven its place in the market over a number of years.
  • Are manufactured from a fine porous meshthat allows water to pass through but traps leaves and debris.

Each cover is secured in place with stainless steel clips. When the cover is removed, so are the holding clips so there is no trip hazard.

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Some of the benefits of our Pool Debris Covers are:

  • Keep out leaves, debris and animals (such as ducks)
  • Stops a significant amount of evaporation and this will reduce chemical consumption and cost
  • Reduce filter running time
  • Lets rainwater through
  • Gives you more time for leisure rather than cleaning the pool

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Domestic water storage and Rural Tank Liners

LOGODomestic water storage is becoming a necessity for many households due to natural occurrences such as droughts. As this is the case water tanks are fast becoming the norm for rural and domestic properties where town water is limited. The most common tanks used for this application are concrete, poly and corrugated steel tanks. Tanks however are suspect to leaks due to cracking and holes, and while welding and patching can temporarily fix the issue, more than likely more leaks and cracks will develop in the tank over time.

Due to this very reason, tank liners are the best and most cost effective solution to fixing these issues. Tank liners are designed to fix not only current leaks and holes, but also leaks and holes which will most likely develop as the tank is used more. Liners are manufactured oversize to allow for any change in the shape of the tank shell, and liners will last for a period of approximately 15 years (depending on the quality of the material being used).

corrugated_tank_with_tank_linerTank liners such as PVC, Polyethylene and Polypropylene are designed to be used in tanks where the primary application is the storage of drinking water, and can also be manufactured to be used in other applications such as irrigation, rainwater collection, grey water, sewerage and stock water.

The great news is that once a liner has been installed, you only need to access the tank every year or two for cleaning and maintenance (as is standard with all tanks, regardless of if they have a liner or not).

Tank liners are designed to fit in basically every type of tank available on the market, and can even be installed in tanks which do not conform to the standard shape of a circle or rectangle, as all tank liners are custom manufactured to suit your specifications.

Benifits of Pool Cover | Fabric Solutions Australia

LOGOWith summer on its way, now is the time to get your Swimming Pool Ready 2 simple things you should do with any swimming pool.

Winter is definitely gone and summer is soon to be here. If you have a swimming pool, now is the time to prepare it for the heavy use of summer. There is nothing like the joy that having a swimming pool in your own backyard can bring. Not only can you cool down on hot days, but they enhance the look of your backyard. But swimming pools can be expensive to maintain, especially when the chemistry gets out of balance. Before you dive on in, thereThese are 2 basic things you can do to maintain a healthy swimming pool and reduce the time you looking after it.

Chemical Balance:

The most important aspect of any swimming pool is to keep all the chemicals in check and at optimum levels. Maintenance need not be time consuming either, and should only take a few minutes each day. To ensure the right pool chemical balance,

pool_blanketDaily (around 5mins when all is good with the pool)

  1. check that the water is crystal clear
  2. check there is no build up of algae. Especially check around ‘dead’ areas like pool steps where water flow isn’t as great.
  3. check there is a good flow from the water jets
  4. check there is a good flow of water in the skimmer
  5. check there is no excess leaves or other debris in the pool
  6. make sure there is correct pressure in the pool filter

Twice A Week (around 30 mins)

  1. measure chlorine, pH and stabiliser levels
  2. clean out the skimmer
  3. brush the sides and bottom of the pool

Weekly

  1. dose of phosphate remover

 Monthly

  1. professional check on water levels by local pool shop

Regular maintenance will prevent the need for pool “shocking” and actually save you a lot of time in the long run buy addressing problems before they get out of hand. When the pool balance gets too far out and you have to pool “Shock”, you have to wait at least 1 day before you can swim, so regular checking of chemical levels means your pool is not only always ready for fun, but your chemical usage is at its minimum (which is good for your health too!). A quick brush of the pool surface once or twice a week also removes build up more easily that if it is left harden over time.

Use a Pool Cover : Debris entering the pool is one of the largest sources of contaminants (the other being the people who swim in it!). So when not in use, cover the pool with a pool blanket. Besides eliminating a lot of debris, there are many other benefits to a pool cover that make them a cost effective choice, including;

  1. reduces chemical usage, this is mandatory too! When the levels are too high, they can damage the pool cover.
  2. traps heat in winter, making the pool warmer by up to 8oC
  3. helps keep dust and debris out, which means you pool is cleaner for longer
  4. significantly reduces water evaporation

There are a number of differences in pool blankets, the biggest being the quality. But the basic rule of thumb is that the thinner the pool blanket, the shorter the lifespan. A pool blankets thickness is measured in microns and typically come in 400, 500 and 600 micron thicknesses. Always when installing, make sure the pool cover is installed bubble side down. Higher end pool blankets will also have some sort of thermal insulation.

You should also consider a pool roller system, as they are the easiest way to store and care for your pool blanket when not in use. A Pool roller will also come with a pool cover as well, so when not in use they are protected from damaging UV light. Also a pool roller will make it a lot easier to remove and place your pool blanket.

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Budget Saving Tips, Using a Pool Cover

LOGOSwimming pool covers are great for not only making a pool much easier to maintain, but they also save you a lot in chemical usage, minimize water evaporating as well as keeping your pool cleaner. They clearly pay for themselves if you make the right purchase.

There are many pool cover  on the market such as thermal blankets, debris covers, pool blankets and safety covers. Each have their strengths :

  • Thermal covers will retain more heat, only really useful in the colder climates.
  • Debris covers are made from a mesh, so water can still pass through. This means water won’t won’t pool and run to the edges. So it actually stops the most amount of debris from entering the pool.
  • Safety covers will prevent young ones or small animals from falling into the water.
  • Pool blankets will stop water and debris from enter and minimize water evaporating.
  • However when it rains water can pool, which will try to run off into the side of the pool, resulting in more debris entering the pool than a debris cover.

pool-coverOnce you have worked out the best solution for what you want to do, and have installed it, make sure to adjust any chemical settings as needed. Water quality and conditions can vary greatly from place to place, so consult with your local pool shop. They are usually best to advise for the area that you live in. Managing your chemical levels is quite import as evaporation rates and the amount of UV entering the pool drops. This means there is less chlorine breakdown, so you don’t need as much. Too much chlorine will also affect your pool cover, shortening its useful lifespan. In fact too much chlorine will have a bigger effect on a pool blanket than UV exposure.

The last part to consider is how you store you pool cover. This is an important part that many people overlook. Ideally your pool cover is stored on a roller with its own supplied cover. This keeps it away from the weather, sun as well as protecting it. It also makes it a lot easier to remove and install the pool cover and you are less likely to damage it. If you can’t afford a pool cover, you should try to dry your cover as much as possible before folding it. Otherwise pool water becomes trapped inside the folders. Also store the pool cover away from sunlight and weather in a place that it won’t get bumped.

Pool covers are a great addition to a pool, making maintenance easier and cheaper. By looking after your pool cover you can maximize its useful lifespan and get the most out of your pool.