Modern industrial facilities, especially those involved in the manufacturer of volatile and potentially toxic chemicals, must be increasingly focused on safety. One way a facility can ensure that potentially dangerous liquids remain contained, and that rising flood waters are prevented from damaging infrastructure or products, is by installing a Spill Barrier or Flood Barrier

Spill barriers at a facility in Pennsylvania, protecting both overhead and pedestrian door openings. © Chris Curtis, American Overhead Door & Dock, Inc.

These two types of barrier products work in a similar way, but fulfill distinct industry needs – protection from incoming versus outgoing liquids. A flood barrier works by activating when flooding water would otherwise enter a building, forming a barrier wall once water reaches a certain threshold. The spill barrier works according to the same system, but forms a barrier in the case of liquid spilling from the interior of a facility.

Spill barrier engaged, with the barrier in the up position to prevent further spilling. 
© Chris Curtis, American Overhead Door & Dock, Inc.

In either case, the barrier unit is typically installed flush with the finished floor height, and often requires concrete modifications to saw cut the area where the unit is recessed.

As a company specializing in overhead doors, loading dock equipment, and related warehouse safety products, American Overhead Door & Dock offers flood or spill barriers, and can own every aspect of the installation from start to finish. The ability to have our company do the job allows customers the peace of mind that all aspects of pre-construction, concrete modifications, furnishing and installation of the unit, as well as owner training, can be completed under one contract. We are also happy to service these units in the case of malfunction, or perform planned maintenance to ensure proper functioning for longevity. 

Check out this video from manufacturer Denios <> to see a spill barrier in action!

Completed installation with spill barrier on opposite side of door opening.
© Chris Curtis, American Overhead Door & Dock, Inc.
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