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Top Tips to Ensure Successful Pipeline Repair Dewatering

Top Tips to Ensure Successful Pipeline Repair Dewatering

Top Tips to Ensure Successful Pipeline Repair Dewatering

Pipe defects, dents, corrosion, and gouges cause pipelines to leak or need repair. It can prove an intensive task if you don’t have the right tools or knowledge. The key to proper repair of a broken pipe is to make sure dewatering is correctly done. Click To Tweet Here are some top tips to ensure successful dewatering for your pipeline repair.

Safety First

Safety is always the first consideration on any construction dewatering project. By following basic construction safety rules such as proper tool maintenance, personal protective equipment and safety and hazard training, you can make sure everyone stays safe while making repairs and preventing additional damage.

Dewater Wisely

Getting your site free from water is crucial to a successful pipeline repair. Aqua Barrier® Water-Inflated Dams not only help with flood control but can save you time and money on your construction repair project, as well. Aqua Barriers® can be set up in specific formations depending on your water leaks or damage results. Partial block formation, complete enclosure formation, or canal block formation are a few ways you can set up your Aqua Barrier® to permanently repair or replace your pipeline.

Damage Control

Repair water lines cost-effectively with Aqua-Barrier Water-Inflated Dams. They have a worldwide reputation for safety, strength, versatility are easy to install and are eco-friendly. Inflatable dams are perfect for damage control and dewatering needs. They come in multiple sizes to fit all your dewatering needs.

The Right Tools for Pipeline Repair

To ensure a safe and cost-effective answer to pipeline repair and your dewatering needs, you need to have the right tool. An inflatable water dam is your solution and has a proven success rate for numerous projects. Other tools will also help keep your repair project time down. For example, an Insta-Tank™ for water storage, proper lighting, and other necessary tools help cut down on time and keep everyone safe.

An Efficient Dewatering Plan

It is best to draw up and stick to an efficient dewatering plan when heading into a pipeline repair. Keep safety in mind, use the proper tools and dewater wisely to ensure pipeline repair success.

To learn more about how you can ensure a successful pipeline repair on your construction project, Contact Us.

6 Tips For Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan

6 Tips For Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan

An emergency can happen in an instant and it is imperative you have an emergency preparedness plan in place so you can keep yourself and your family safe. When a real emergency occurs, it can be easy to panic. If you are mentally and physically prepared in times of crisis, you can keep everyone calm--and most importantly, safe. Click To Tweet

Be Prepared

Preparation and practice are the keys to an effective emergency preparedness plan. An emergency plan should include a disaster supply kit and any other emergency essentials. All supplies need to be easily accessible and your plan needs to be easy to remember for the entire family. Write up an emergency checklist and perform practice drills so everyone will know what to do if and when a disaster or emergency strikes. Here are six indispensable ways to ensure you are prepared for any emergency.

1. Inventory Family Needs

It is important to consider specific needs of your family and home. Don’t forget any necessary items. Keep in mind medical supplies and medications. Make sure your emergency checklist includes emergency contacts, as well as important items to take from the house, such as vital documents, spare keys, and anything else that is necessary to have once you’ve left your home.

2. Go Bags

Grab it and go! Everyone in your family should have an emergency bag ready for any disaster. Each bag should contain water, blankets, non-perishable foods, clothing, and any other items needed once you leave the house. When filling your emergency preparedness bag, make sure to ask yourself “Does this meet my basic needs? Or is this a luxury?” Only pack the essentials needed for living. Our basic needs include water, food, clothing, and shelter. Everything else is a luxury.

3. Give Each Family Member a Role

Everyone in the family should have a role in your emergency preparedness plan. Discuss what responsibilities each person will have. Perhaps one child will gather the pet dog, while another is in charge of calling a loved one in another state to let them know what is happening. By assigning roles to each family member ensures that everyone knows what they are supposed to, and expected do during an emergency.

4. Regularly Review the Plan

Emergency plans aren’t effective if they are forgotten. This is especially true for families with children or elderly adults. It is crucial to regularly review and practice your emergency preparedness plan. Practicing every couple months is a good way to make sure your family remembers what to do when an emergency happens, and they will be less likely to forget what to do.

5. Strategize Meeting Places

One of the main things to consider when developing your emergency preparedness plan is where to meet once leaving the home. Depending on what type of emergency is occurring, people might not be leaving the house at the same time. By having a set meeting place is critical for reconnecting with your loved ones and keeping them safe. There might be different meeting places, depending on the severity of the emergency. Make sure to choose familiar and nearby places to meet and report to after leaving the home.

6. Share Your Plan

It is also important to share your emergency preparedness plan with your community. Tell your neighbors if you plan to come to their home if you have a fire. Or, encourage them to come up with and practice their own plans. Building a proactive network of people during an emergency can further safeguard your family and also allow you to help others in need.

Protect Your Property

Even though disasters can happen, it doesn’t mean we can’t be as prepared as possible. There are some ways to protect your home, even if you have to leave. For high winds or hurricanes, you can reinforce doors and windows with plywood. For floods, a Water-Inflated Property Protector (WIPP) can help keep your home and property safe and dry.

Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

Emergencies can come quite unexpectedly, but you don’t have to panic when you have an emergency preparedness plan in place. Don’t forget to plan ahead and have everyone’s go-bag all ready for when and if the time comes. Communicate with your family and community and, practice throughout the year to keep the plan fresh in everyone’s mind and your loved ones safe.

To learn more about how you can keep your family and home safe with an emergency preparedness plan, Contact Us.

Your Guide to the Hydro Anchor™

Your Guide to the Hydro Anchor™

How many times have you needed to put up a tent for shade and protection but were unable to due to being on the pavement? There are times when tent stakes just don’t work or aren’t convenient. Water barrels and cement cans can be an eyesore and difficult to lug around.  Hydro Anchor™ is the ideal way to improve the appearance of your tent site and are easy to transport and require minimal storage between use.

Environmentally Friendly Solutions: The Hydro Anchor™

The Hydro Anchor™ is an environmentally friendly solution to setting up tents in areas that stakes just won’t work. The Hydro Anchor™ is a refillable, water inflated stabilization system, sure to make putting up your tent simple and quick. They’re very inconspicuous and won’t take away from an elegant outdoor event.

Quick Setup

Setting up your tent with the Hydro Anchor Stabilization System™ is easy! Simply place the Hydro Anchor™ where you want it, and use any available water source to inflate them. Each Hydro Anchor™ is fitted with a ¾ inch fill port which fits perfectly to any standard garden hose. Larger ports are available if needed. No bulky, hard to haul sandbags. Just position and fill.

Safely Anchor

After you fill your Hydro Anchors™, you will anchor your tent. Insert one end of the rope through the cleat attachment, connecting to the other end of the tent. That’s it! You truly let the water do the work.

Easy to Remove

The Hydro Anchor™ is equally easy to remove! When you are ready to put everything away, simply drain the Hydro Anchors™, then fold them and store them for later use. The quick removal process cuts down significantly.

The Hydro Anchor™

The Hydro Anchor™ is the perfect answer to tent stabilization. With its quick and easy setup and removal, you are sure to save time and be rid of frustrations! There are two standard sizes, materials, and various colors to choose from. Have a bigger job? We have a variety of water inflated products that can help get the job done!  We have larger sizes of Hydro Anchor™ that are designed for use as ballast weights, as well as some that can be used for load testing at work sites.  These temporary water-inflated anchors put water to work for you.
To learn more about how the Hydro Anchor™ and how you can use them for your next project or function, Contact Us .

How to Decrease the Environmental Impact of Construction

How to Decrease the Environmental Impact of Construction

Construction projects have a significant impact on the world’s environment. In fact, every aspect of construction has some measurable impact–from mining processes used for materials, to the waste produced by the project and how it is disposed of. It is important to understand and take initiative to decrease the environmental impact of construction projects which harm the water, ground, and air we breath.

Limit the Environmental Impact of Construction

Construction contributes to environmental damage both on a global scale, as well as locally. It is important to learn what impact construction causes in order to scale back damage. Here are five ways to help limit environmental impact during your construction project.

1) Limit Fuel Usage

Construction firm’s biggest negative impact on the environment is caused by the burning of fossil fuels, like gas and diesel. Every construction project results in these gas emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other waste products that pollute the air and are believed to contribute to global warming. In order to limit fuel usage:

  • Minimize haul distances
  • Reduce vehicle idling time
  • Use greener, alternative fuel sources
  • Use hybrid equipment

By striving to limit your construction project’s fuel usage, you can help decrease negative emission and pollutants and improve air quality.

2) Reduce Noise

Construction noise is a major source of noise pollution. Most of this noise is produced by machinery in site preparation, demolition, and landscaping. Many construction sites are located near homes and businesses and can noise complaints might be likely. Be sure, when beginning a construction project, to be considerate and adhere to any local construction time restrictions. Many people might not appreciate work and loud construction noises beginning at six A.M. on a Saturday. Another good idea is to send a  letter to neighbors before beginning work to alert them to how long the project will last and what to expect.

3) Properly Dispose of Waste

In 2014, there was over 534 million tons of construction material waste in the United States. Demolition waste makes up 90% of total debris, and much of this waste is disposed of in landfills or through incineration. Both these methods harm the environment. By salvaging, reusing and recycling existing materials, you can cut down on materials harming our precious earth. Hardware, appliances, and fixtures can be recycled or reused. These can be used on future projects or donated to those who need them. Brick and concrete can be recycled and used as fill or driveway bedding, and metals and wood are valuable commodities that can be recycled.

4) Utilize Reusable Technology

There are a lot of green building options that help you decrease a negative environmental impact. For example, inflatable water dams help combat erosion, water runoff, and prevents sedimentation. While sandbags and traditional dewatering solutions are costly and time-consuming, inflatable water dams are reusable and take up little space. They are easier to install and environmentally friendly by using existing water already on your worksite.

5) Expedite Your Project

By accelerating your construction project, you reduce traffic disturbances and also reduce associated emissions and fuel costs. Establish firm completion goals and implement these measures to stay on track. Expediting the construction process helps reduce noise pollution, as well as cutting back on traffic duration and improves safety zones.

Decrease Your Environmental Impact

There are numerous ways to decrease the negative environmental impact on your construction project. By utilizing green and reusable technology, keeping project length to a minimum, limiting fuel use, along with other suggestions listed, you are sure to make a difference in the impact of the environment.

To learn more about how you can decrease the environmental impact of construction projects, Contact Us.

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.

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