Comparing Standard and High-Wall Berms

Spill containment berms are designed to provide reliable secondary containment and spill control in a variety of applications. Because berms are typically designed to perform in particular working contexts, it’s important to consider design differences before selecting a berm. One design feature that affects both spill capacity and performance is the size of a berm’s wall. Standard berms are versatile berms that often incorporate drive-over features for maximum accessibility. Drive-over berms are designed to allow vehicles and equipment to enter from any side of the berm without damaging it. Conversely, high-wall berms are used to provide secondary containment for stationary equipment such as metal or poly tanks, generators, transformers, IBCs, oil and refueling equipment, and more. Standard berms and high-wall berms are also designed to meet different spill volume requirements and to function in certain applications. Basic Concepts is the industry leader in secondary containment and spill control solutions designed for industrial and commercial facilities. We offer a wide range of standard and high-wall berms that are ideal for use in a variety of working conditions and contexts. To help you find the berm that is right for you, here is a look at some of the berms available from Basic Concepts, as well as an overview of spill volume calculations.

How to Calculate the Correct Spill Capacity

The size of a berm’s wall determines its overall spill capacity—or the total volume of liquid that the berm is able to safely contain. This means that it’s important to consider your facility’s spill capacity needs when trying to find the berm that is right for you. To calculate a standard or high-wall berm’s spill volume, follow these simple steps:
  • List the containers. List the containers that will be in the secondary containment area.
  • Identify the largest. Determine the volume of the largest single container in the list – then add 10 percent freeboard volume.
  • Convert gallons to cubic feet. Convert the gallon volume into cubic feet units using this formula: cubic feet = gallons / 7.48.
  • Calculate the area. Use the berm wall height to convert your volume measurement into an area required using this formula: area = volume/height.
  • Determine the size. Calculate a length and breadth that fits into the available workspace.
  • Find the right-sized container. Select a standard berm that meets your calculated needs.

Standard and High-Wall Berms Available from Basic Concepts

Rigid-Lock QuickBerm (available in 8” and 12”). The Rigid-Lock QuickBerm is a long-time best-selling standard berm from Basic Concepts. The interior containment area and the exterior perimeter of the Rigid-Lock berm are free from brackets or obstructions, allowing for rapid deployment. This berm features a drive-over design that allows users to enter from any angle when the supports are in the lowered position. The Rigid-Lock QuickBerm incorporates a durable PVC-coated geomembrane liner construction and is available in a wide range of sizing options. Outside Support QuickBerm (available in 8”, 12”, 18” and 24”). For temporary spill containment needs in industrial or commercial facilities, the Outside Support QuickBerm features outside aluminum supports that offer efficient storage. This berm also incorporates a durable PVC-coated construction and folded corner welds that allow for maximum liquid retention. The Outside Support QuickBerm is ideal for enabling operations to comply with EPA and SPCC containment regulations. Industrial Inside-Support QuickBerm (available in 8”, 12”  and 18”). The Industrial Inside-Support QuickBerm is the original drive-over spill berm. This berm features a one-piece construction and is light enough to carry but durable enough for a vehicle to drive over. The Inside-Support QuickBerm offers the smallest available folded storage size of any berm from Basic Concepts, making it ideal for storing in vehicles for emergency spill response. Angle Bracket QuickBerm (available in 8”, 12”, 28”, and 24”). The Angle bracket QuickBerm is an economic spill containment option that is ideal for stationary containment needs. This berm features iron brackets that provide rigged sidewall support and a 1-inch top hem that is designed to prevent wall sag. The fuel and chemically resistant construction of the Angle Bracket QuickBerm makes it ideal for use in industrial applications. Custom sizes are available. High-Wall Berm (available in 36”). The highly flexible High-Wall Berm from Basic Concepts is designed to meet a variety of stationary containment needs, including generators, IBCs, refueling equipment, waste materials, transformers and more. This berm features independent A-frame aluminum supports that will adjust to uneven terrain in order to provide reliable containment in rugged conditions. The High-Wall Berm also incorporates a durable geomembrane liner construction that is resistant to abrasions, punctures and a wide range of chemicals.

Find the Spill Containment Berm that is Right for You

Whether you need a standard-sized berm that will provide maximum accessibility or a high-wall berm that offers reliable stationary containment, Basic Concepts has the spill containment solution that is right for you. Our spill containment berms are used by facilities all over the world to safely contain a wide range of substances in order to protect personnel and comply with regulatory requirements. Take a look at our selection of standard and high-wall berms and find the spill containment solution that is right for your operation.