While planning out a new long-term construction site, you may be looking at your options for containing the waste materials that the site will produce, including chemicals and other hazardous materials. If so, consider the following five benefits of using high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembranes to contain the waste materials on your construction site.
1. Reduce the Risk of Leakage
One of the main benefits of using HDPE geomembrane liners for your construction disposal site is the material's impermeability to water. This feature is most important when you use chemical and potentially hazardous waste materials on your worksite.
The liners' abilities to resist moisture mean the material is able to contain any water that the chemicals have contaminated. Because the risk of leakage is greatly reduced, you do not have to worry about contaminant seeping into the surrounding groundwater, streams, and local area's drinking supply.
2. Show Durability When Exposed to Chemicals
The high-density polyethylene from which the geomembranes are constructed not only makes the liners resistant to water leakage. The material also shows extreme durability when exposed to caustic chemicals.
The thickness and chemical properties of HDPE make it resistant to structural breakdown that may occur with plastic, clay, or metal liners. This ability to resist various chemicals helps the membranes last until the end of your construction job.
3. Contain Hazardous Fumes
The longer chemicals and chemically treated materials are exposed to the elements, such as moisture and sunlight, the greater the chance that the materials will start producing noxious fumes. The degradation of the materials causes fumes to be released into the air that could be hazardous to people's health and the environment.
When you use HDPE geomembranes to contain your waste materials, the liners' durability and thickness help trap these hazardous fumes. The membranes are able to reduce the chances that your construction site may contaminate the air in the surrounding area.
4. Resist Punctures and Tears
Another advantage of using HDPE geomembranes is their resistance to punctures and tears. This property is especially important if you will have a disposal site that stores a combination of chemicals and physical building materials.
The stiff texture of the HDPE geomembranes makes it harder for sharp objects such as scrap metal or wood shavings to pierce the material. This resistance to punctures and tears then helps contain any chemical waste that is also stored in the area.
5. Hold Up to Ultraviolet Rays
Unless your construction site is mostly shaded, your waste disposal site will be exposed to direct sunlight. If a material such as plastic is used to line the area for your waste materials, the constant exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays will lead to a breakdown of the material.
However, if you line your waste disposal site with HDPE geomembrane liners, the risk of degradation due to UV exposure is greatly reduced. The material is highly resistant to ultraviolet rays.
The liners will not bleach and wear down to the point that serious degradation occurs. Because the material does not degrade in the sunlight, the risk of rips, tears, and holes that may cause the seepage of water, contaminants, and toxic fumes are greatly reduced. This reduced risk of breakdown helps keep your worksite environmentally friendly.
After considering the advantages of using HDPE geomembranes to line the disposal site for your construction job, you may be ready to learn more about them. If so, contact one of our representatives at DX2 Geosyntex, Inc., who would be happy to provide you with more information and discuss your various installation options. Give us a call today to speak to a member of our team.