To achieve a 1-inch layer of dry AquaBlok, apply right out of the packaging at 7-lbs/SF. No blending with on-site soil or physical compaction of the product is needed to create a reliable seal.
AquaBlok weighs approximately 90-lbs/cubic foot in its dry state. This means a 2,400-lb bulk bag of AquaBlok is one cubic yard.
AquaBlok's manufacturing plant is located in Swanton, OH. The product can be shipped by van, flatbed, rail, and even ocean container. A local batch facility can be set-up for very large (>1,000 CY) applications.
AquaBlok is constructed entirely of earthen ingredients: unaltered, Wyoming-derived sodium bentonite (powder), wrapped around a limestone core (typically <3/8" in size), held together with a natural binder.
A 2,400-lb. super sack of AquaBlok covers 340 square feet at one inch thick (dry). That same super sack would cover 170 square feet at a two-inch dry thickness (~14-lbs/square foot).
Limestone aggregate (crushed stone) serves as the core of AquaBlok. There is a stone in every particle so the product is much heavier and more structurally sound than bentonite alone.
If stored on a job site, AquaBlok needs to be protected under-roof or at a minimum covered with a waterproof tarp. In its original packaging, humidity should not damage the material.
AquaBlok in 50-lb.bags are shipped 48 per pallet. At 2,400-lbs. per skid, this is a cubic yard of material (same as our bulk bags).
Because of its unique construction, AquaBlok "sinks like a stone" and can be placed through standing water for reliable placement. Individual particles will stay intact as they drop through a water column.
AquaBlok is available in 50-lb. bags or 2,400-lb. bulk super sacks.
A "slinger truck" can be used to evenly broadcast AquaBlok up to 75-feet. In general terms, if equipment can handle crushed stone, it can be used to apply AquaBlok.
AquaBlok was originally developed to cap (isolate) contaminated sediment beneath relatively "clean" water. This usage remains foundational to the broader company's mission.
Bentonite does not behave the same way in saline environments as it does in freshwater. AquaBlok has a saltwater-compatible formulation that should be used on applications when moderate or high levels of salts are present.
The standard hydraulic conductivity of AquaBlok is 10-7 to 10-8 cm/s (depending on material thickness and orientation to its surroundings).
The tremendous versatility of AquaBlok has prompted the nickname "Nature's Duct Tape." And like the famous gray adhesive, AquaBlok is a nice, simple tool to have in the toolbox -- at the ready if and when water needs to be stopped.
In cut-off trench (vertical) applications the width is primarily determined by the depth of the trench, soil type/constructability, and bucket width of available equipment. As little as 4-inches of AquaBlok can do the job.
Complete hydration of AquaBlok takes up to 24 hours, but the vast majority of swell and seal occurs within the first 4 - 8 hours following contact with water.