This demonstration – now affectionately referred to as “the bottle test” – begins to hint at the capability and versatility of AquaBlok. Material needs: (1) an empty plastic bottle with cap [20-oz. Gatorade bottles work best], (2) clean water, and (3) a 5-oz sample of product.
AquaBlok can be added through standing water, but for the purposes of this demo add the 5-oz. sample of AquaBlok to the bottle while it is empty and dry.
In this example, the mouth of the bottle is the problem area (i.e. the source of the leak).
Add water to the very top, cap the bottle, and quickly invert it to level the AquaBlok in the bottle’s mouth.
The self-compaction from the density of the stone fights the expansion of the bentonite to begin building a seal quickly.
Leave the bottle inverted (standing on its cap end) for at least 6 hours. Full hydration can take 24 hours depending on water chemistry, but the vast majority of swell will take place in the first 4 – 8 hours after contact with water.
With the bottle still inverted, remove the cap and note that you are dry and haven’t made a mess!
Squeeze the top of the bottle and test AquaBlok’s resilience and holding power. A reliable and durable seal has formed.
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