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 Storing water on concrete?
M4TX  [Team Member]
8/14/2007 7:47:37 PM EST
I seem to remember reading something about it being bad to store water directly on concrete.

I have my 7 gal aquatainers and a bunch of 2 liter botles sitting on my garage floor. Should I put a buffer between the storage containers and why?
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foxherb53  [Team Member]
8/14/2007 8:04:37 PM EST
Bad for the water or the concrete?

Dont see no problem with it.
EndGame  [Member]
8/14/2007 8:26:42 PM EST
Yeah, it's actually supposed to be bad for the stored water. Icky things can supposedly leach or transmit themselves from the concrete into the water container. I don't think this is a huge concern, but I do store my AquaTainers on top of a cheap, folded waterproof tarp, just in case. If nothing else, I'd put a plastic garbage bag under them if they're on a concrete floor.
warlord  [Member]
8/14/2007 8:57:23 PM EST
Old wives/husband tale. Nothing.
dablues  [Team Member]
8/15/2007 1:34:41 PM EST
Well, kinda makes sense if it's really nasty, greasy, transmssion fluid, old pesticide puddles that your jugs are sitting in. If it's clean concrete, then no.
mm38  [Member]
8/15/2007 2:09:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By M4TX:
I seem to remember reading something about it being bad to store water directly on concrete.

I have my 7 gal aquatainers and a bunch of 2 liter botles sitting on my garage floor. Should I put a buffer between the storage containers and why?



I store a bit of water in and on concrete.....

maybe about...... 500 million gallons a day, enough for Dallas and some surrounding communities. We have not encountered any icky things from the concrete.


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1_BIG_BUNKER  [Member]
8/15/2007 2:14:00 PM EST
Well, I think people are confused about storing things directly on concrete.

Come on, didn't we just have a thread a few days ago about CONCRETE CISTERNS? You would drink water right out of one of those, but now all of a sudden water turns bad in a plastic bottle from sitting on concrete?

The reason you shouldn't store things directly on concrete is that concrete will be cooler than the air above it. When this happens, moisture from the air will condensate on the concrete, and rust steel or make other items like clothing cooler as well, and causing condensation on them making them mold or mildew.

Have you ever seen the concrete floor in your garage soaking wet when it is very hot outside? I have heard people say water is coming up throught the concrete making the floor wet. Well that isn't true. It is moisture from the air condensating on the cooler concrete.

I am not sure if you can get water to condensate on water.
Cammsplace  [Member]
8/16/2007 7:27:40 AM EST
Concrete has lye in it... (I believe its lye or something else that is very toxic acidic something to that effect.) Anyway... I have always heard not to put plastics directly on concrete for this reason... the lye or whatever can leach through the plastic and over a long period of time breakdown the integrity of the plastics and/or contaminate what ever you are holding in the plastic container.

I don't know if its true or not.. but why take a chance... I have 2 55 gal drums in my garage... my garage floor is painted with garage floor paint which would probably be enough.. but on top of that.. I put down a small section of carpet just in-case. .. like I said.. probably nothing to worry about but for some extra carpet remains... why not be safer just in-case than sorry later ?

Camm
FlatFrogFlyer  [Member]
8/16/2007 7:53:19 AM EST

Originally Posted By Cammsplace:
Concrete has lye in it... (I believe its lye or something else that is very toxic acidic something to that effect.) Anyway... I have always heard not to put plastics directly on concrete for this reason... the lye or whatever can leach through the plastic and over a long period of time breakdown the integrity of the plastics and/or contaminate what ever you are holding in the plastic container.

I don't know if its true or not.. but why take a chance... I have 2 55 gal drums in my garage... my garage floor is painted with garage floor paint which would probably be enough.. but on top of that.. I put down a small section of carpet just in-case. .. like I said.. probably nothing to worry about but for some extra carpet remains... why not be safer just in-case than sorry later ?

Camm


If you're worried about the amount of toxins in concrete, what about the formaldehyde and cocktail of other hazardous chemicals that are know to leach out of carpeting? Just curious. Like the above posts stated, should be no problem directly on concrete.
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