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7 Top Tips to Prevent Erosion on Construction Projects

7 Top Tips to Prevent Erosion on Construction Projects

7 Top Tips to Prevent Erosion on Construction Projects

Erosion is one of the top issues facing the construction industry today. The Department of Agriculture estimates one billion tons of topsoil are lost each year due to erosion. This issue not only causes topsoil to be displaced, but it also is the culprit for clogging waterways and damaging adjacent properties.

Preventing Erosion

Erosion can be caused by many variables and each situation will most likely have a different solution. Here are seven ways to help prevent erosion on your next construction project.

1) Observe the Site

When starting a new project, it is imperative to observe the site’s slopes for any potential problems. Also, take a look at any adjacent sites to see how your project will affect that area, as well. It is ideal if you can observe the site while it is raining in order to plan accordingly.

2) Divert or Slow the Water

Water and wind are the main offenders when it comes to erosion. Before beginning construction, come up with a plan to divert or slow the movement of water. Controlling runoff waters effectively will reduce erosions and sediment issues on your construction site.

3) Don’t Disturb

Disturb the area as little as possible. Only excavate a small section at a time to reduce the risk of remediation. Even though it may take a little more time, the potential costs of erosion could end up costing you more in the long run.

4) Ground Covers

As soon as excavation is complete, it is essential to create a ground cover to help minimize erosion. The faster you can get your ground cover growing, the less erosion is possible. Check with the landscaper to see about any specified seed species to use. If seeding is not an option, plastic sheeting is helpful in shielding the soil from rain and wind. Plastic sheeting is only effective in small areas, however, and can do more damage if used in large areas.

5) Mobile Grinders & Chippers

If you are removing trees from the construction site, bring a mobile grinder or chipper to make mulch. This ground-up material works wonders as an erosion aide. This material can also be used for temporary roads and ground cover. You can use this mulch for slope stabilization or save it to blend with the soil for landscaping towards the end of the project.

6) Sediment Control

Sediment is the soil which is dislodged by water flow. Once the sediment is in fluid motion, it becomes difficult to collect and further exasperates erosion. Silt fencing, filter socks, and straw wattles are all commonly used to catch and control sediment. These control methods are not designed to handle high water pressure, so do not install them across waterways, ditches, or other areas of concentrated water flow.

7) Inflatable Dams

More and more contractors are turning to inflatable water dams for dewatering needs and erosion control. They are cost effective and cheaper than traditional methods of sandbags and earthen dams. They are easy to install in both moving and still water and conforms to the boundary of any site, providing a seal that prevents the passage of water on your worksite.

Erosion Control

Erosion control on construction sites takes thought and planning. Click To Tweet In fact, federal regulations and other applicable laws require you to have an erosion control plan to prevent soil and water from affecting other areas and bodies of water.

To learn more about how you can prevent erosion on your construction site, Contact Us.

3 Extreme Dangers of Winter Weather

3 Extreme Dangers of Winter Weather

A wintery day with snow on the ground is a truly beautiful sight to behold.  Despite this, it’s important to remember that the breathtaking beauty hides very real dangers. Each year as temperatures drop, Americans risk injury and death due to exposure to cold, car accidents, and CO poisoning caused by the improper use of heaters. Even when Sping begins to approach, the threat of flooding can linger.

Be Prepared

It’s important to prepare yourself and your home in advance of adverse winter weather conditions. Weather stripping windows and doors, making sure your vehicle is winterized and having an emergency plan ready are just a few ways to prepare. There is a lot to think about when preparing for the cold season, so it’s crucial that you understand the dangers of winter weather:

1) Low Temperatures

Low temperatures put you at higher risk of hypothermia. When hypothermia sets in, your body jumps into action to protect your vital organs. Blood rushes to the core to keep your heart and lungs warm. However, that lack of circulation and blood in your extremities can causes them to freeze. In cases where the body temperature drops below 96, hypothermia sets in.  Symptoms include confusion, exhaustion and slurred speech.

2) Decreased Visibility

During snow storms and heavy snowfall, visibility might be restricted.  This can happen suddenly and without time to reach your destination, which is why it’s critical to heed weather warnings. Avoid driving, and stay close to home when the threat of winter storm warnings loom. In poor weather conditions with low visibility, it’s easy to get stuck or turned around.  This is made even more dangerous by dropping temperatures, which can form dangerous black ice on the roads

3) Carbon Monoxide Risks

During the winter months, people are at an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless, invisible gas produced when fuels are not completely burned during use. Automobile exhaust is the most common source of CO, but generators, gas ranges and furnaces also produce it. When appliances and furnaces are improperly adjusted and used in poorly ventilated areas, dangerous amounts of CO can build up.  This is especially true if heavy snowfall has covered up air vents in your home.  Invest in a CO detector, and be sure to use gas-powered devices only as directed.


As the weather begins to warm, you might think that the worst is over. However, the last risk of winter weather is snowmelt flooding. If there is packed snow and ice on the ground, warmer temperatures may translate to a lot of runoff, which can increase the risk of flooding. Areas near creeks, lakes, or mountain bases are in more danger than other areas. In the event of snowmelt flooding, the use of an Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam will be needed to dewater and make necessary repairs.

Protect Yourself From the Dangers of Winter Weather

Between the snowfall, temperature hazards and possibility of snowmelt flooding, winter packs a lot of dangers. It’s important to plan ahead, stay calm, and stick to your emergency plan.  Once the immediate danger has passed you can start assessing damages for repair.

To learn more about options for flood prevention and dewatering, Contact Us.

Hydrological Solutions is Now HSI Services, Inc!

Hydrological Solutions is Now HSI Services, Inc!

Hydrological Solutions is proud to announce we have rebranded as HSI Services, Inc! With over 20 years of experience behind us, we offer water management expertise for various industries. More than a simple name change, we are excited to provide you our streamlined services and new products. HSI Services is ready to help with all your flood protection and dewatering needs.

About HSI Services, Inc.

HSI Services is dedicated to supporting our clients in achieving their objectives. We strive to provide the highest quality products and client services. We are committed to ongoing research and development to improve our existing products and develop new products to serve our client’s needs. Our objective is to offer the safest, most effective temporary cofferdams and flood barriers available to the industries we service.

What’s New

We have made our Aqua-Barrier Cofferdams and Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP) even better with key enhancements and upgrades. In addition, we now also offer various other products and accessories to fully equip you for all your water management needs.

1) Improved Products

Our temporary cofferdams now feature a stronger, heavier fabric. We have also instituted superior quality assurance equipment to refine our material testing process. Our repair process has also been evaluated and improved.

2) Regional Equipment Rental

Check out our new regional equipment rental service featuring items such as water pumps, air compressors, light stands, and blast pots. These products make HSI Services your one-stop shop for dewatering and flood protection.

3) Accessories

You can also now find accessory features with us such as floatable fittings, reflective safety strips, and patented lifting loops.  Your safety is important to us, so we offer the tools you need to get the job done right.

Superior Products

Our inflatable cofferdams remain the best in the market. We only use the highest quality materials, and all our products are reusable. For the best dewatering and flood protection solutions, choose HSI Services.

Read more on the Distinct Differences page on our website.

Ready to Serve You

At HSI Services, our goal is to continually improve our quality and increase the value we bring you. We strive for innovation, finding effective and cost-efficient ways to solve problems.  We are excited to continue giving you the best products and services in water management and making your job easier, faster, and better.

To learn more about our temporary cofferdams and rental equipment, Contact Us.

Dewatering Your Worksite: 5 Reasons to Use an Inflatable Bladder Dam

Dewatering Your Worksite: 5 Reasons to Use an Inflatable Bladder Dam

If you do a lot of projects in the water, dewatering your worksite is a regular part of your construction operations. Because you have to do it often, it represents an ideal opportunity to save money and increase productivity. Choosing your dewatering solution is therefore crucial to maximizing your overall cost efficiency.

Dewatering Your Worksite: The Inflatable Bladder Dam Advantage

Reducing the time needed while increasing effectiveness is the ideal way to streamline any process and get the best bang for your buck. Using the inflatable bladder dam does just that for your dewatering process, making it your ideal dewatering solution in the following ways:

1) Versatility

Since you fill an inflatable bladder dam with water, it conforms to the environment of your worksite. It also comes in various sizes making it ideal for most worksites.

2) Easy to Use

It can be installed easily with minimal man labor and machinery in both moving and static water. The bladder dam is inflated using water available at the site.

3) Superior Strength

Bladder dams such as the Aqua-Barrier® from Hydrological Solutions are designed to be durable and effective. The Aqua-Barrier® is made of flexible PVC reinforced with scrim.

4) Better for the Environment

Unlike many other dewatering solutions, an inflatable bladder dam is reusable and requires the introduction of no foreign materials to the worksite. Fresh or salt water available at your site may be used to fill the bladder dam.

5) Save You Time

Using an inflatable bladder dam saves time in your dewatering process by improving process efficiency. This translates to serious cost savings over the long haul.

Make the Switch

Maintain your competitive edge by choosing an inflatable bladder dam for dewatering your worksite. Choose the option that will save you time AND improve your dewatering process. Don’t let your competition pass you by. Make the switch today!

To learn more about the advantages of using an inflatable bladder dam in construction, Contact Us.

Choosing the Best Dewatering System

Choosing the Best Dewatering System

Dewatering is a necessary part of many construction projects. It allows you to clear the work site of water until construction is complete. Choosing the wrong system can prove disastrous, which is why the process can be so stressful! When choosing the best dewatering system for your project, carefully consider each option.

Which Dewatering System Works Best for You?

Every project brings with it a unique set of ground conditions. Other factors, like weather, tide and water level must also be considered. Choosing the best dewatering system will ensure that the site stays dry and safe for workers. The right equipment can make a big impact on the timely completion of the project.

Assess Your Needs

Consider the scale of your project when choosing a dewatering system. Also, take into account the project timeline. A small-scale project should not take long to complete and should not need a complex dewatering system. If the project is in an area at risk for erosion, steps should be taken to protect the environment around the site.

Inflatable Cofferdam

The simplest option for dewatering is the use of an inflatable cofferdam. Better than sandbags and traditional cofferdams, this innovative type of cofferdam is simple to install and remove when the project is over with minimal manpower and machinery. It’s used to protect a working area against a large influx of water. The Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam, for example, can be reused and repaired, cutting down on waste. Cofferdams can be used for bridge construction, boat ramp renovation, and dam repairs.


Another option would be a caisson, which can be constructed onshore and floated to the site. This option would be appropriate for underwater construction on a very large project. A caisson is a permanent structure and is not removed once the project is done. It usually acts as a foundation for all or part of the structure once finished. Anchoring a bridge is one example.

Get Started

Each project is different, but dewatering has become easier than ever. Tried and true methods have been enhanced and improved with new technologies. Consider upgrading your dewatering system to inflatable cofferdams to keep your competitive edge.

To learn more dewatering your next project with inflatable cofferdams, Contact Us.

Cofferdams: 3 Things to Look For in 2018

Cofferdams: 3 Things to Look For in 2018

2018 arrived in much of the Northern United States with record-breaking snowfall and precipitation.  Beyond the obvious hazards of icy and impassable roads, freezing temperatures and dangerous snowdrifts, a secondary crisis could occur as warmer weather approaches and snow begins to melt.

The Secondary Crisis

As such a massive amount of snow melts, the behavior of the water it produces can become erratic.  Gurgling creeks can become rushing rivers, destroying vegetation and structures along the way, resulting in devastating damage and irreparable erosion. To protect the stability of the region, and protection of property, both private residents, and cities alike should consider utilizing cofferdams.

1. Avoid Flood Damage.

To protect your home or business from melting snowfall flooding, an inflatable cofferdam is an economical choice.  In addition to possible structural and sentimental losses, allowing generators and electrical systems to flood can be dangerous and costly as well. Remember that it’s much cheaper to invest in preventative measures, such as cofferdams, than it is to rebuild your home or business!

2. Protect the Environment.

Cofferdams are temporary and do not result in permanent aesthetic or structural damage.  This is great not only for the value of your property but for the well being of the environment around you. Easy to set up and remove, systems like the residential WIPP system (Water Inflated Property Protector)  provide a simple solution to protect what’s yours.

3. Make Repairs.

As a measure to quickly repair property or equipment that may be under floodwaters, a cofferdam can prevent water from returning to the repair site once it’s been pumped out.  Acting as a temporary barrier, it allows workers safe and easy access to the job site and ample time for the area to recover before removal.

Come Prepared in 2018

The weather is unpredictable with far-reaching effects that can linger for a long time.  It’s more important than ever to utilize the tools available to you in the event of a natural disaster.  Looking ahead, the value and importance of inflatable cofferdams and related products in construction will only increase.

Contact Us to learn more about inflatable cofferdams and other dewatering and flood protection solutions.