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How to Prevent Flooding in Low-Lying Areas

How to Prevent Flooding in Low-Lying Areas

How to Prevent Flooding in Low-Lying Areas

Water always flows downhill. Consequently, low-lying regions are far more likely to experience severe flooding than more elevated areas. While keeping floods from ever happening is completely impossible, we can and should take measures to minimize the amount of flooding that does occur and prevent extensive damages.

Flood prevention is an interesting science because it’s very difficult to truly prevent a flood from ever occurring. The best we can do is understand which areas are prone to flooding and why, as well as find methods to hold back huge amounts of water. Let’s take a look at how to prevent flooding in low-lying areas.

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Permanent Solutions

Where exactly are the floodwaters coming from? If a nearby river tends to overflow or a lower portion of land fills up quickly in heavy rain, try to give the water somewhere else to go. Drainage systems can divert floodwaters to other bodies of water or to pre-prepared spaces set aside for water retention. More ambitious projects could include constructing dams to control nearby rivers or building walls to prevent water from spreading too far.

Temporary Solutions

If a flood is on the way, there’s no time to construct a dam or dig drainage systems. For a quick method of flood protection, consider an inflatable cofferdam like the Aqua-Barrier. This balloon-like dam fills with water and creates an airtight seal along the ground to keep up to 5 feet of water at bay. Once the floodwaters drain, simply deflate the cofferdam and store it out of the way. This strategy will keep your property safe while you plan for a more permanent solution.

Pro Tip: In addition to flood prevention strategies, make sure you’re prepared for other potential issues. Double-check your flood insurance coverage and make sure important documents are stowed in waterproof containers.

Long-Term Planning

Structures and cofferdams will hold back floodwaters, but for a more sustainable solution, develop a long-term plan to reduce flood risk and minimize damage. Maybe a nearby riverbank is eroding away and allowing water to escape. In this case, focus on soil conservation and shoreline restoration. Improve your local flood warning system if you can and stay aware of how your climate and elevation can put you in an at-risk area.

Keeping Flood Damage to a Minimum

Regular floods are an unfortunate part of life for many parts of the world. Thankfully, there are solutions. Local communities should focus their efforts on developing methods to block the water and be ready to handle floods when they do occur.

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Installation Guide for Your Flood Barrier

Installation Guide for Your Flood Barrier

In the event of a severe storm, having a way to keep rising water levels from your property is necessary on all accounts. Our specially designed flood barrier, namely the Aqua-Barrier, is proven to keep flood-prone areas from suffering water damage. Discover the basics of our flood barrier installation methods with this overview.

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How to Install the Aqua-Barrier

Designed to withstand high pressure and rising water levels, the Aqua-Barrier can be installed in a few different ways. While most applications take less than 24-hours from start to finish, the condition of your commercial property is a factor to consider. Is there water already flowing or not? Keep in mind what scenario you might find yourself in, and then plan accordingly.

  1. Moving Water
  2. Standing Water
  3. Dry Land

1) Moving Water

In a situation where water is flowing or rising, it’s important to have a way to maintain control of your barrier system. Otherwise, strong water currents can sweep your barrier downstream, causing damaging consequences. Use a piece of hydraulic equipment such as a track hoe or crane to properly place your barrier in the water. Once inflated, the track hoe or crane can be used as an anchor to keep your barrier steady.

2) Standing Water

During a flood event, it may be necessary to install a flood protection barrier at the perimeter of a body of water. In a lake or culvert where water is static, barriers can be installed without any shoreline anchor. Due to the buoyancy of the industrial-grade vinyl, your crew can simply unroll the water barrier at any location. Once the fill ports are opened to allow water in, your water barrier will stabilize in position.

Pro Tip: If you’re installing more than one barrier, maintain control by staggering the full inflation of each barrier until all are overlapped and unrolled.

3) Dry Land

For most commercial properties, installing an Aqua-Barrier will more than likely not involve water being present. However, iI’s important to install your barrier in advance to keep flood water from entering your building. On dry land, simply unroll your barrier and create a type of flood wall around your property. To inflate your barrier, attach a pump connected to a nearby water source into one of the fill ports.

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Being prepared for any scenario is important, especially when flood control is concerned. Depending on your actual applications, how you choose to install your Aqua-Barrier can vary significantly. As a property owner, it’s important for you to know how to skillfully use your flood protection products to minimize flood damage.

For specific installation procedures tailored to your environment, connect with one of our trained HSI Services representatives.

How Do Flood Protection Barriers Work?

How Do Flood Protection Barriers Work?

If your property is in a flood plain, having adequate flood protection is essential. Of all of the options available to you, a flood protection barrier is a trusted choice across the United States. That being said, you may be questioning how the design actually protects against intruding water.

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In the United States, there are a number of natural disasters that can cause flooding. From torrential downpours to tropical storms, a major storm can cause water levels to rise exponentially. Without the right kind of protection, the well-being of your property and its occupants could be at risk. One solution many business owners have found to protect against flooding is a barrier.

What is a Flood Protection Barrier?

A flood protection barrier is a specific type of floodgate that is designed to prevent water from entering a particular area. Also known as surge barriers or storm surge barriers, there are a number of different barrier materials used today. From glass to metal, flood barriers can be permanently installed along the edge of water banks to create a flood wall. For added protection, business owners can install temporary flood barriers to further protect a certain area.

Working Principle Behind Water Barriers

Water is a powerful force. One strong current can cause an area to erode and carry sediment miles away. For property owners, a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars of property damage. In addition, contaminated water can cause a number of health problems including injuries and infectious diseases.

That being said, water barriers work to inhibit water flow by diverting it into another direction. Every flood defense system includes two important components: a barricade and a pump.

  • Barricade – Depending on the size of the area and flood potential, a flood barrier acts as a barricade towards rising water. In that way, it works to keep water from flowing to the other side.
  • Pump – Every flood barrier design varies, but to protect against flood damage, it’s important to control the flow of water. With a specially designed pump, water can be transferred to a nearby reservoir or drained in a less populated area.

Installing an Inflatable Flood Barrier

An invaluable resource for many property owners is an inflatable flood barrier. Unlike other temporary barriers on the market, an inflatable barrier offers flexibility with its vinyl coated polyester material. The Aqua-Barrier, in particular, is designed to be repaired and reused over and over again.

To install an inflatable barrier in anticipation of flooding, barriers are simply unrolled and inflated in a particular area. Once water levels start to rise, a minimum of 25% of the freeboard is required for stabilization. The patented internal baffle system locks into place when the barrier is exposed to a certain level of hydrostatic pressure. Essentially, the barrier will create a water gate between the barrier and incoming flood water.

Pro Tip: Before installation, survey your water barrier for water pressure leak or malfunctioning issues.

Are You Ready for a Flood Event?

Flooding can happen quickly and without warning. With a strong hurricane season predicted ahead, it’s important for you to have the tools you need to get ready. By creating a dam between storm surges or water drainage, flood protection barriers can help you ward off water currents.

Connect with our sales team for more flood control solutions to keep your property dry in the coming months.

The Aqua-Barrier Dam: Everything You Need to Know

The Aqua-Barrier Dam: Everything You Need to Know

Does your construction site have a smart alternative to traditional cofferdams and sandbags? Designed with innovative engineering and user-friendly installation, the Aqua-Barrier dam provides reliable water control for construction projects. Find out why our exclusive water inflatable dam continues to be the dewatering solution across the nation.

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The Aqua-Barrier cofferdam is designed for projects that are located in or around bodies of water. By using the water of the work area to inflate, the Aqua-Barrier create a dry worksite for workers. From preventing water damage to protecting employees from water intrusion, our inflatable cofferdam has become an essential part of construction sites. 

Innovative Water Diversion

The process of dewatering worksites isn’t a new thing, but water-filled dams provide unmatched quality with their unique design. The Aqua-Barrier is designed with an internal baffle system that locks into place when the barrier is exposed to greater hydrostatic pressure on one side. By using water sources nearby, construction sites can be dewatered without harming the environment or requiring extensive installation. 

Versatile Design Configurations

From building a boat ramp to repairing a pool, having a versatile solution is crucial for any construction crew. The Aqua-Barrier water-filled dam can be configured and installed to fit your specific needs. Arrange one or more Aqua-Barriers to provide the best flood protection for your project. Whether you need a full enclosure or partial blockage, choose the best design configuration to fully equip your work site.

Pro Tip: Become familiar with our installation procedures and in-field recommendations to use water filled barrier effectively.

Exclusive Product Features

Compared to other dewatering solutions, the Aqua-Barrier offers a number of exclusive product features for your convenience, such as:

  • Unlimited Water Sources
  • Industrial-Grade Hardware
  • Pipe Loops for Easy Installation
  • In-Field Repairable
  • Compact Shipping and Transportation
  • Rent or Purchase Options Available
  • Reusable for Multiple Applications

Aqua-Barrier: The #1 Dewatering Solution

Dewatering comes in all shapes and sizes. Does your construction site have the right tool to offer flood control? Our Aqua-Barriers are built with innovating and reliability, giving each customer the peace of mind needed when working in sensitive conditions. 

Connect with our sales team to design an Aqua-Barrier to fit your specific project requirements.

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.