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Why Choose Aqua-Barrier Inflatable Water Dams?

Why Choose Aqua-Barrier Inflatable Water Dams?

Why Choose Aqua-Barrier Inflatable Water Dams?

Flood control and managing water on construction sites is a major concern for many project managers. With all of the options on the market, however, choosing the right solution is essential to many worksites. Find out why Aqua-Barrier inflatable water dams continue to be a key player in numerous water management applications.

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Top Features of the Aqua-Barrier

Designed for various water depths, the Aqua-Barrier is an inflatable water dam that uses surrounding water to create a flood barrier. The industrial-grade vinyl-coated polyester material offers double-walled support, to guard against outside objects and maintain water capacity. From easy installation to proven reusability, the technology behind inflatable dams is unmatched. Discover why Aqua-Barrier is the best choice for your applications.

  1. Unlimited Water Sources
  2. Various Ownership Options
  3. Environmentally-Friendly

1) Unlimited Water Sources

Did you know that Aqua-Barriers can use any available water source? The engineered design of the fill ports allows versatility in a range of environments, including underwater construction areas and repair projects such as swimming pools or waterparks. Inflate your Aqua-Barrier by pumping water from nearby waterbeds or use a fire hydrant to fill it with water in less than 15 minutes (3ft x 50ft inflated size)!

2) Various Ownership Options

If you’re working on a temporary project or need prevention flood control for a long period of time, Aqua-Barrier offers two ownership options: renting or purchasing. Which method fits your current situation? 

  • Rent
    • Best for short term construction projects
    • Get immediate Aqua-Barrier access
    • Use for a certain period of time
    • Save on investment cost
  • Purchase
    • Best for long term construction projects
    • Barriers can be moved in multiple locations
    • Design an Aqua-Barrier customized specially for you
    • Reuse for future projects

Pro Tip: With Aqua-Barrier’s range of applications, you can protect your property against nearby flood water with an inflatable water dam you can trust.

3) Environmentally-Friendly

Unlike traditional cofferdams that need disposal or require special equipment to transfer, Aqua-Barrier has the ultimate green advantage. Aqua-Barrier inflatable dams can be quickly installed and constructed without unnecessary digging or environmental disturbance. Using the EZ-Roller system, Aqua-Barriers can be easily rolled into a compact shape for storage or travel for future applications. In addition, the innovative design maintains nearby water levels, keeping plants and marine life healthy.

Your Water Control Solution

Have you been on the fence considering the Aqua-Barrier design? With a wide range of construction applications, the Aqua-Barrier has been a proven solution for diverting water for over 20 years. Equip your next project with cost-effective inflatable water dams you can trust.

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4 Reliable Aqua-Barrier Design Configurations

4 Reliable Aqua-Barrier Design Configurations

Compared to traditional cofferdams, the Aqua-Barrier is a proven alternative for dewatering construction sites. From building a bridge to installing a culvert pipe, having a versatile water control solution is crucial for any construction crew. That being said, Aqua-Barrier offers a number of design configurations to meet the specifications of any worksite. Are you aware of the top reliable design configurations?

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Types of Cofferdam Design Formations

Depending on your worksite, there may be environmental or structural elements to consider when installing your Aqua-Barrier. In addition, special accommodations might be needed based on whether you’re working with a river, stream, lake, or ocean. To adequately seal your worksite from water intrusion, it’s important to install your inflatable water dam in a particular way. Consider the following four design formations to meet your project’s needs.

  1. Tee-Pee
  2. Complete Enclosure
  3. Bank-to-Bank
  4. Partial Block

1) Tee-Pee

Great for pipe repairs or areas with low water depths, the tee-pee design configuration (as seen in the title photo) involves two Aqua-Barriers placed on top of one another. By blocking the entire span of the stream or river, construction crews can safely perform their work without water leaking through.

2) Complete Enclosure

Is access to the shoreline unavailable? Will your Aqua-Barrier be used to create a large space with water surrounding on all sides? Apply a complete enclosure design with water dams on each side, you can form four sides to seal off a designated workspace.

Pro Tip: When your project is complete and water control is no longer needed, use our EZ-Roller system to disassemble any water dam configuration.

3) Bank-to-Bank

Whether you’re building underneath the riverbed or water depths, having a reliable way to block water on either side of a river is crucial. Install a bank-to-bank design configuration, also known as a “canal block”, with Aqua-Barriers on either side of a worksite to create a dry area. 

4) Partial Block

For those building a boat ramp or digging underground on the edge of a shoreline, a partial block design is necessary. Use three or more Aqua-Barriers to keep easily create a new water edge alongside your worksite.

Choosing the Best Configuration

Which design configuration is right for your next project? Depending on the size of your work area and the type of construction project, your water control needs might vary from project to project. Keep your requirement limits in mind and determine what placement will give you the most workspace. With user-friendly installation and versatile applications, the Aqua-Barrier is proven to be the best water control solution on the market.

Connect with our sales team to learn more about proper inflatable water dam installation techniques to keep water away from your worksites.

What Are Water-Filled Dams and How Do They Work?

What Are Water-Filled Dams and How Do They Work?

The process of dewatering worksites has been part of the construction industry for decades. Since it’s such a crucial part of building various structures, the process of dewatering and technology innovations have improved with time. One of the more recent professional improvements and arguably one of the better ones was the introduction of water-filled dams, otherwise known as inflatable cofferdams.

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Inflatable cofferdams eliminate extra work, waste, and time that would otherwise be required to remove water from the worksite. They also provide far more effective protection against remaining water than typical construction dams are known to. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly makes up a water-inflated dam and how it works so well.

Anatomy of the Aqua-Barrier

The Aqua-Barrier consists of two large chambers separated by an internal baffle. As the chambers are pumped full of water from the construction site, the baffle begins to experience more pressure on the opposite side from the remaining water. This forces the baffle to lean forward at about a 45-degree angle to the ground, facing the construction site and creating a watertight seal along the bottom. While the Aqua-Barrier’s baffle does require some exposure above the water to prevent runoff, the internal balancing system is proven to work very well in a variety of conditions.

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Installing an Inflatable Cofferdam

During construction projects near water, you’ll be dealing with either stationary water or a slight current. The Aqua-Barrier works in both, but both circumstances require slightly different installation. At its most basic, a moving water installation requires lowering the deflated Aqua-Barrier into the water from above using heavy equipment. A standing water installation, on the other hand, allows the crew to simply unroll the cofferdam at the desired location in the water. Visit our information pages on proper installation for more details.

How to Get One

We offer cofferdams for sale as a permanent addition to your toolbox. However, we also offer rental services for onetime projects or companies interested in taking our equipment for a trial run before purchasing. Contact us to start the process of finding the right Aqua-Barrier size and type for your project.

An Excellent Engineering Advancement

To the construction industry, few things matter more than safety. When it comes to construction near the water, safety is even more crucial as worksites need flood protection and dewatering constantly. That’s just one of many reasons why water-filled dams, and the Aqua-Barrier in particular, are such excellent inventions for the construction field.

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Dewatering 101: Complete Guide to Cofferdams

Dewatering 101: Complete Guide to Cofferdams

Caissons, cofferdams, inflatable water dams–what are these terms and how do they relate to your construction project? To stay ahead in your construction progress and successfully complete your work, having a dewatering solution is key. Get the inside look of one of the best inventions in water construction with our guide to cofferdams. 

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If you’re having to repair a bridge, water is a large factor in your project. Without a way to control water currents or flooding, the quality and safety of your worksite could be in danger. The process of dewatering has experienced many advancements throughout the years. With the modern cofferdam, construction crews don’t have to worry about flooding or soil erosion in their water-based projects.

What are Cofferdams?

Dating back to the days of Persia in 539 B.C., cofferdams have been used in construction for centuries. Cofferdams are watertight enclosures that are temporarily placed in bodies of water to create dry worksites. Today’s cofferdam may be designed with different materials, but the goal is the same: control water flow. Whether you’re building near water or preparing for a flood, cofferdams are a great alternative to sandbags.  

Pro Tip: Stop spending a fortune on one-time use cofferdams. Invest in an Aqua-Barrier, the redesigned water control solution that can be reused.

Types of Cofferdams

Depending on the building project, there are different types of cofferdams to consider. Braced cofferdams are designed with single-walled steel sheet piles driven into the water, and cellular cofferdams have double-walled piles that may be filled with clay or sand. Inflatable water dams, in contrast, are made of vinyl material and use the water to create a barrier. Depending on the variable of the specific construction project, the appropriate type of cofferdam may vary from project to project.

Construction Applications

Unlike caissons that are installed permanently in water, cofferdams are temporary structures that allow for new construction or maintenance repair. Cofferdams give construction crews the ability to perform their job without water getting in the way. The most common construction applications include:

Best Tool for Water Construction Sites

In construction, water can wreck a project without warning. For construction sites found near bodies of water, it’s crucial to be one step ahead of water damage. Compared to sheet pile cofferdams used in the past, inflatable dams offer a number of advantages for your water projects. If you’re looking for a dewatering solution that can be easily reused, transported, and installed, look no further than the AquaBarrier cofferdam.

Connect with our team to learn more about cofferdams, cofferdam design, and the wide range of cofferdam applications.

Caisson vs. Cofferdam: What’s the Difference?

Caisson vs. Cofferdam: What’s the Difference?

When building a bridge or any other structure in water, a dewatering solution is crucial to completing the project successfully. All dewatering methods are essentially the same, specifically to create a dry work environment. There are, however, differences to note when examining a caisson vs. cofferdam. Becoming familiar with these terms will help you and your team choose the best solution for your next project.

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Yes, there really is a difference between caissons and cofferdams. While construction novices may use the terms interchangeably, each has unique characteristics. Knowing the differences and how they apply to your construction project will ultimately improve the success of your project.

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Defining Caissons

A caisson is a box-like structure that is permanently fixed within the water table of engineering projects. They are primarily used in the construction of bridges, piers, or similar structures. Depending on the size and scope of the project, there are three different caissons used most commonly.

  1. Open Caissons – Timber, steel, or concrete box that is open at the top and bottom of the structure. The walls are generally heavy and pumped with reinforced concrete to ensure a dry area.
  2. Box Caissons – Watertight boxes usually composed of timber or concrete that are open at the top. They are generally floated to the specific area and then sunk into place with a masonry pier. 
  3. Pneumatic Caissons – Primarily used in underwater construction, these boxes are closed at the top and open at the bottom. Water is pushed out during the sinking process by using compressed air.

Defining Cofferdams

In comparison, cofferdams are temporary structures that are installed to divert water away from worksites. Cofferdams are most commonly used in new construction works or short-term maintenance projects of shallow bridges, piers, or boat ramps. Traditional cofferdams are filled with concrete or rock to restrict nearby water or river flow. Comparatively, inflatable cofferdams use water pumps to inflate themselves and create a temporary dam.

Pro Tip: AquaBarrier cofferdams are not only environmentally-friendly but easy to install. Save time and money by choosing a dewatering solution that your whole crew can use.

Caisson vs. Cofferdam

Not all building projects are created equal. With that being said, where a cofferdam could be installed, a caisson may not be applicable. Both caissons and cofferdams are watertight structures that can be used in the construction of submerged water areas.

The difference, however, lies within the scope of the project. Caissons are permanent structures found in the initial design construction, whereas cofferdams are temporary structures installed for necessary repairs or maintenance.

Solutions for Your Work Area

Are you building a bridge or pier near a large body of water? Do you have a preferred dewatering solution? High water levels could impede your project’s timeline so it’s crucial to prepare your worksite in advance. Whether it’s a caisson or cofferdam, choose the right water control solution for your next project.

Connect with our experienced sales team to learn why the AquaBarrier inflatable water dam is an excellent alternative to traditional cofferdams.