Question: We use PIG Universal Absorbent (Gray) Mats to absorb water that comes out of a machine in our facility. These mats get saturated quickly. Is there another mat or absorbent that we can use instead of the gray mat to absorb the water?
Answer: If you aren’t 100 percent happy with the mat you’re currently using to absorb the water coming out of your machine, you have options, both in the absorbent and non-absorbent department.
You can keep using a universal absorbent, but you might need to choose a mat with a high absorbency. This PIG Absorbent Mat Roll absorbs up to 40.2 gallons of liquid and you can easily roll it out on the floor where your machine leaks.
We also have a specialized line of absorbents, Pig Blue, which handle high-volume liquids better than any other absorbent. This Pig Blue Absorbent Mat Roll will absorb up to 64 gallons. Like the universal (gray) absorbent, you can roll it out around your machine leaks. This mat, however, is not recommended for heavy foot traffic areas. If there is a lot of foot traffic on these mats, stick with the universal (gray) mat or choose an adhesive-backed option, like PIG Grippy Absorbent Mat.
If you aren’t married to using a mat to deal with these water leaks, you can also put an absorbent sock around your machine. They don’t absorb quite as much as a mat, but they do a better job at hugging machines to catch leaks and drips at the source and retaining liquids. For water leaks, we recommend the PIG Water-Absorbing Sock.
Instead of absorbing the liquid, you can also consider capturing and containing the liquid, which you can later reuse if that’s possible or discard of it as you would if the liquid was absorbed in the mat. Depending on how much water is coming out of your machine, you can place a utility and spill tray like this best-selling PIG Utility Containment Tray at the area of the machine that’s leaking to catch the water. If the machine leak is not contained to one area, consider putting a berm like the PIG Build-A-Berm Barrier around the machine to catch all of the water.
There is no perfect formula for absorbing unwanted liquids. It all depends on your facility and setup. If your current absorbents aren’t working as well as you want them to, give us a call at 1-800-HOT-HOGS or email us at email@example.com to request samples to test in your facility!