WATERBRICKS ARE NOT INTENDED FOR THE STORAGE OF ANY FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS.
Stacking: Although WaterBricks, when filled with content, are designed to be cross stacked up to 5 feet in height for storage purposes, we strongly recommend that the average person not exceed 4 feet in stacking height or beyond one’s own ability to handle safely. Please Note: WaterBrick may not be an approved building product in your area. Please check with your local building code authorities before proceeding.
High Density Polyethylene: WaterBrick containers are made from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic. Most milk jugs, detergent bottles, juice bottles, butter tubs, and toiletry bottles are made from HDPE. According to Trusted MD, “To be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle. If it is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine. The type of plastic bottle in which water is usually sold is usually a #1, and it is only recommended for one time use. Do not refill it. Better to use a reusable water bottle, and fill it with your own filtered water from home and keep these single-use bottles out of the landfill.”
PROPER PRODUCT CARE
Initial Inspection: Always check for initial wear and “wear and tear” of the product before use. WaterBrick will replace all manufacturing on a case by case basis within 15 days on receiving the product. Please email Info@WaterBrick.org or call 407-499-4475 to discuss irregularities found during the initial inspection.
Cleaning: Simply use a quarter cup of bleach with one cup of water and pour inside the WaterBrick, tighten lid; then, shake back and forth for a few minutes. When completed, thoroughly rinse out the contents and let dry. If you feel it is necessary to clean the lid and gasket, remove both and wash. However, make sure when replacing gasket that the gasket’s “flap” edge is directed outbound.
Gasket Use: Before filling with water, make sure the gasket is inserted properly inside the lid. To ensure the container does not leak, check out our demonstration to ensure the gasket is properly inserted. If you have any further questions, please call us at 407-499-4105.
Black or yellow deposits on your gaskets are inherent in your water supply.
Your gaskets can be cleaned by removing the gaskets, placing in a bowl of water with some unscented bleach to soak for a few minutes. Then, using dish soap, lightly clean off any excess residue and rinse with hot water. Replace gasket in cap making sure that the “flat” side of the gasket faces inbound and the little rubber lip is facing toward you once installed.
For more info about Biofilm in your water supply see:
PROPER PRODUCT USE
Filling: When filling these plastic water containers, make sure you completely dry the container, especially the “treaded” area of its neck and cap. Once completed, lay the container on a dry paper towel and let it sit long enough to see if the lid is sealed tightly so that the water does not leak.
Volume Loss: The volume capacity of each WaterBrick is 3.5 gallons. However, when filling these water and food storage containers, one should assume a volume loss approximately 2.67% due to the structural design requirements within.
Water Storage: For proper water storage, see our How to Store Water page.
Food Storage: If you are using WaterBrick food storage containers and are applying oxygen absorbers to deplete the air inside, make sure you first remove the gasket from inside the cap and cut a 1 inch slit in the middle of the gasket to allow the depletion of air within the container.
Ice Blocks: If you want to freeze WaterBricks, care should be used in NOT filling the WaterBrick to the very top of the container. As with any container, freezing causes expansion and could cause damage if filled completely. Therefore, when filling, your water level should be NO HIGHER than the top of the male locking lug which is just below the WaterBrick logo on the container. For more information, check out our WaterBrick Ice Block page.