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Construction Site Dewatering: Why You Should Get an Aqua-Barrier Soon

Construction Site Dewatering: Why You Should Get an Aqua-Barrier Soon

Construction Site Dewatering: Why You Should Get an Aqua-Barrier Soon

Construction projects are rather unpredictable in their timetables. Even if your plan seems flawless, something will happen that you simply can’t control and set your project back. Whether there’s an accident, weather delays, or just a problem with supplies you ordered, you’ll most likely encounter time-consuming problems on a construction job.

Fortunately, there’s one area of your project that you can be confident in: getting your Aqua-Barrier on time. HSI Services is dedicated to providing you with the equipment you need exactly when you need it. Wondering how to get your Aqua-Barrier as quickly as possible?

Need an Aqua-Barrier for your upcoming construction project? Here’s how to make sure it arrives on time! Click To Tweet

What Fits Your Budget?

The first step toward buying or renting an Aqua-Barrier is determining how much you can spend. Using our Cofferdam Cost Calculator, input the size and shape of the cofferdam you need and compare it against conventional cofferdam prices. In most cases, you’ll pay twice as much for a conventional dam as you would for an Aqua-Barrier.

Will the Aqua-Barrier Work in that Environment?

If you aren’t sure how the Aqua-Barrier will respond in your particular work environment, try plugging the information into AquaComp. This detailed computer program simulates the behavior of an inflated cofferdam in the work environment you specify, giving you a very informative look at what you can expect. Don’t let your work setting take you by surprise! Test everything ahead of time in a simulation and prepare accordingly.

Pro Tip: AquaComp’s simulation may show that you need a different cofferdam than originally planned. Keep trying until you find the correct type and dimensions you need.

Reserve Your Aqua-Barrier

Summer, the busiest time of year for construction projects, is coming to a close. That doesn’t mean Aqua-Barriers are just up for grabs, however. It’s always best to reserve your inflatable cofferdam as far ahead of time as you can to make sure you get exactly what you need when you need it. Don’t wait too long and get stuck with the wrong size.

Optimize Your Construction Project!

The Aqua-Barrier is designed to make your job easier. We’re ready to make sure you get this critical addition to your project as quickly as possible once you’ve ordered it. As long as you don’t wait until the last minute, you’re guaranteed to get an Aqua-Barrier quickly and start work on your construction project!

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Using the Aqua-Barrier for Shoreline Restoration

Using the Aqua-Barrier for Shoreline Restoration

What comes to mind when you think of construction projects the Aqua-Barrier is perfectly suited for? Shoreline restoration may not be your first thought. However, this environmentally-friendly solution to dewatering and water storage is an excellent choice for a shoreline restoration project.

Anyone who has observed gradual erosion knows how important shoreline restoration is. Whether the goal is removing invasive species or simply preventing shoreline erosion, restoring the natural shoreline of a body of water provides stability to the surrounding land in addition to extending the area’s life expectancy. Of course, dewatering is a necessary part of this process. Let’s see how an Aqua-Barrier can help with the work of shoreline restoration.

Eroding shorelines call for drastic restoration measures. With the help of the Aqua-Barrier, the necessary construction is not only possible but simple! Find out more here. Click To Tweet

Why is Shoreline Restoration Necessary?

Shoreline restoration helps with more than just sustaining the natural environment. Water-dependent structures like bridges, dams, and pipelines all depend on a stable shoreline to be able to do their jobs and last a long time. Before you begin work on any of these essential fixtures, pay attention to the nearby shoreline and make sure it’s strong enough to sustain your project.

Pro Tip: Part of shoreline restoration is removing invasive species of plants. If you introduce vegetation to hold the soil in place, make sure they’re native to the area.

How is Shoreline Restoration Performed?

Simply put, shoreline restoration consists of rebuilding an eroding shoreline and strengthening it to prevent further erosion. The most common and most effective methods of shoreline restoration are creating a buffer zone, a strip of vegetation to hold the soil in place, or through erosion matting, which consists of planting seeds in a biodegradable but largely water-resistant mat. In serious cases, you may prefer to try stone and vegetation rip rap. This technique involves rebuilding the shoreline with a combination of gravel and vegetation, solidifying the shore while encouraging the plant life to grow back.

How Can the Aqua-Barrier Help?

The Aqua-Barrier dewaters your construction site quickly and does an excellent job holding the rest of the water back, providing a safe, dry worksite. Additionally, once the job is done, you can just drain the inflatable cofferdam right back into the body of water to restore the natural ecosystem and balance. Use a temporary cofferdam to make your project go faster and make the results last longer!

Protect Your Shorelines

Whether your goal is to prevent erosion or restore a dwindling body of water, an Aqua-Barrier can help streamline your shoreline restoration project. This waste-free, fully reusable addition to your construction kit is a wonderful tool for environmentally-focused work.

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4 Boat Ramp Construction Safety Guidelines

4 Boat Ramp Construction Safety Guidelines

Many construction projects require dewatering in order to reach the areas that need repairs, and building a boat ramp is certainly no exception. Boat ramp construction carries with it the added risk of working literally in a large body of water, with just a small area dewatered and portioned out for the construction work. With this in mind, safety becomes an absolute priority for yourself and your coworkers.

A boat ramp construction project implies having a large body of water nearby. How can you protect yourself and your worksite? Use these #BoatRamp construction safety guidelines. Click To Tweet

Creating a Safe Work Environment

As you work to keep your final product up to a high standard of safety for future users, make sure to pay the same close attention to your employees and your own safety. Keep these essential safety tips in mind as you work:

  1. Maintain your equipment
  2. Train your employees thoroughly
  3. Use a quality dewatering method
  4. Keep the worksite clean and safe

1) Maintain Your Equipment

An unfortunately high percentage of workplace accidents are caused by faulty equipment. The best way to combat this problem is through simple equipment maintenance. Keep an eye on your machines and replace any faulty parts immediately. If your inflatable cofferdam springs a leak, have it patched as soon as possible. Keep everything in perfect working order to prevent an accident.

2) Train Your Employees Thoroughly

Of course, even brand new equipment isn’t any good if your employees don’t know how to safely use it. On top of that, any system updates or new additions to your equipment set confuse even experienced construction workers. What’s the best solution? A near-constant training plan. Anytime your plan or equipment set changes, keep your employees fully informed and knowledgeable on how to handle everything.

Pro Tip: Even if nothing has changed, have your employees periodically take a test to demonstrate they still know how to handle all your construction equipment. Forgetting a critical piece of knowledge could lead to disaster.

3) Use a Quality Dewatering Method

Building a boat ramp requires a significant amount of dewatering to be done before work can truly begin. To both speed the process along and ensure your crew’s safety once the water has been removed, use a high-quality dewatering method such as the Aqua-Barrier. Drain the water from your worksite and use an inflatable tube to hold it all back!

4) Keep the Worksite Clean and Safe

Finally, keep the work site clear of debris. Left unattended, trash and other hazardous substances can prove to be tripping hazards or, worse, damaging to your sensitive construction equipment. You can avoid this hazard by making sure the construction site is clear at the end of every shift and making sure any and all debris is removed quickly.

Promote Safety During Your Construction Projects

Building a boat ramp already comes with a long list of important factors to consider, including the types and sizes of boats that will use the ramp, their turning radius, the water depth, and much more. Of course, the safety of the users is paramount. But long before the ramp is complete, make sure to give consideration to keeping yourself and your construction crew safe during the building process.

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4 Safety Tips for Pipeline Construction

4 Safety Tips for Pipeline Construction

Pipelines are essential to our world, carrying everything from water to natural gas for the modern home. Naturally, construction crews spend a good amount of time perfecting each pipeline to ensure it’s up to code and safe. It’s also important to make sure the construction crew stays safe during the job, especially if the pipe is partially underwater and the area requires dewatering.

Pipeline construction requires just as much care and effort for safety as any other job. Learn how to maintain a safe work environment here. Click To Tweet

A Safe Construction Site

At a pipeline construction site, safety is a high priority. Work that requires dewatering can especially present a challenge. As you prepare to start work on a pipeline project, keep these safety tips in mind to protect yourself and your coworkers:

  1. Stay alert and aware
  2. Use personal protective equipment
  3. Follow standard excavation procedures
  4. Continue safety training

1) Stay Alert and Aware

Carelessness or distractions can easily lead to injury in a construction zone. To best combat this danger, stay alert and encourage your coworkers to do the same. Maintain a constant awareness of everything around you and watch where you step.

2) Use Personal Protective Equipment

PPE may be seen as cumbersome or unnecessary, especially in less hazardous construction settings. However, it’s important to consider the potential consequences of ignoring your protective gear. If a heavy pipe drops on your feet, you’ll be grateful for those steel-toed boots! Even if feels inconvenient, don’t forget to wear your personal protective equipment.

Some protective equipment can be applied to the rest of your construction site. During a nighttime job, you’ll be grateful for huge industrial lights rather than just having to carry a flashlight, or reflective tape to increase your visibility to others. Research the most practical types of protective equipment for your site and make sure to make good use of them.

3) Follow Standard Excavation Procedures

Standard construction procedures are standard for a reason. These tried-and-true methods have been proven to be safe and effective. To maintain a safe work environment, your best bet is to stick as close to the standard as possible.

Pro Tip: As with any digging project, call 811 to ask about buried utility lines before work begins. The last thing you need to deal with during a project is extra costs and work from damaged underground lines.

4) Continue Safety Training

Safely training should never truly stop. Even after the initial classes are finished, keep yourself and your coworkers up-to-date on any new potential dangers or new methods of construction work. Similar to staying alert on the job, keeping aware of industry standards will also contribute immensely toward maintaining a safe work environment. Make sure everyone knows how to use an inflatable barrier for your project, how to use the construction equipment properly, what to do in an emergency, and more.

Staying Safe on the Job

The best way to maintain a high standard of pipeline construction safety is simply to not take chances. Stick to the safety standards you’ve already been observing, and continue promoting safe practices and habits on the job. The fewer risks you take, the better.

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Safety Features of the Aqua-Barrier

Safety Features of the Aqua-Barrier

A partially submerged construction site comes with a few surprise challenges you wouldn’t encounter in a more conventional construction setting. Whether you’re concerned with dewatering or making sure your worksite is visible to others, there are several important factors to consider. Fortunately, the Aqua-Barrier comes equipped with multiple safety features to make sure your workspace is safe and watertight.

An Aqua-Barrier is designed for more than just lower costs and environmental friendliness. For many dewatering projects, the choice to use an inflatable cofferdam is also one of the best decisions regarding workplace safety you could make. Let’s look at a few key features that make the Aqua-Barrier a remarkably safe choice for a safe construction project.

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Reflective Tape (Available for Purchases Only)

Anyone who enjoys biking or jogging at night knows the importance of having reflective clothing or accessories to make sure drivers can see you. Likewise, a construction site active after dark needs to be visible for both safety’s sake and to make sure that the already-completed work isn’t damaged. If your construction site is surrounded by an Aqua-Barrier, you have an excellent option for nighttime visibility: reflective tape, available for purchased inflatable cofferdams. This highly reflective accessory will ensure that anyone passing by can see the edge of your construction site and know where to avoid.


The Aqua-Barrier’s durable material will rarely rip or tear, but when it does, you’ll need repairs pretty quickly. Fortunately, the manufacturer can easily make your inflatable cofferdam as good as new. In the meantime, use a specially designed patch to seal up any tears and keep using your Aqua-Barrier until you can have full repairs completed.

Simple Connections for a Watertight Seal

For large-scale construction projects, you may end up needing more than one Aqua-Barrier to completely enclose your worksite. Fortunately, while there’s no way to truly link multiple cofferdams together, you can do the next best thing by stacking the ends. The durable material of an inflatable cofferdam creates a watertight seal that guarantees your safety as you continue working. Keep water and debris outside your construction zone with this dependable seal.

Pro Tip: The seal works best if your Aqua-Barrier is installed correctly. Make sure you know the right ways to unroll and inflate your cofferdam.

An Excellent Construction Choice

For many construction projects, the multiple safety features and design offered by the Aqua-Barrier provide a huge advantage. Whether your worksite needs heightened visibility to reduce accidents, or whether you’re just concerned that water might get back in, an inflatable cofferdam will keep you confident and secure.

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