Do you have a construction project that requires a dry worksite? You may have used traditional cofferdam types in the past, but they likely failed in providing quick installation and tear down. It probably also required too many workers while costing more than expected. But, this doesn’t have to be your reality. There’s a better cofferdam solution that outperforms traditional methods in almost every category — an inflatable, water-filled cofferdam.
What are traditional cofferdam types and are there better alternatives? Let’s dive into a little cofferdam history and see how your dewatering project can benefit from a more modern take to achieving a dry worksite.
Traditional Cofferdam Types
Cofferdams have been around for decades, but in the modern era, they are typically used for construction site dewatering.
A traditional cofferdam type is a temporary structure usually made of sheet metal, concrete, wood, and in some cases, are double-walled with a filler. They withstand high amounts of pressure in order to keep a particular area dry but the installation and manpower required to assemble and dismantle these devices are often times not worth the labor costs and time.
Pro Tip: Injuries are more likely to occur when using a traditional cofferdam type because of the heavy machinery required to move materials around.
Inflatable, Water-Filled Cofferdams
Have you heard of an inflatable cofferdam or bladder dam? If not, after reading this, you will probably completely change your outlook about cofferdams.
An inflatable cofferdam like the Aqua-Barrier® is a water-filled device that is also reusable. It prevents water from entering a work site and requires minimal equipment and labor. The Aqua-Barrier® installation and in-field use are faster for both moving and standing water installation procedures. Because there is no heavy machinery required, your team will experience fewer injuries and therefore, fewer workers’ compensation claims.
If you want to lessen your company’s environmental impact while saving money and valuable time, an inflatable cofferdam is your answer!
Wondering if an inflatable cofferdam is right for your construction project? Here are some common Aqua-Barrier® construction applications:
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Available in custom sizes to fit your particular project needs, an inflatable cofferdam like the Aqua-Barrier® is a much more viable alternative to dewatering when compared to traditional approaches.
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When it’s time to work on your swimming pool, you may be tempted to just drain the water and refill the pool once you’re finished. But there may be a more conservative way to move the water out of your way. Have you tried reusing pool water? An inflatable water barrier can both remove water from your work area and allow you to refill the pool later.
Advantages of an Inflatable Cofferdam During Pool Construction
Pool repairs don’t have to involve wasting an entire pool’s worth of water, only to refill it again. Save yourself some time and effort while conserving water. With an inflatable Aqua-Barrier, you’ll enjoy several benefits for your construction project, including:
- Save water and money
- Less time spent refilling pool
- No damage from dumping the water
1) Save Water and Money
A typical backyard swimming pool holds thousands of gallons of water. Considering that an American uses approximately 100 gallons of water per day, you’ll be throwing out nearly 5 months worth of water if you empty your entire pool. Imagine how much that adds to your water bill! Don’t waste your money or your water–store the water temporarily until you can refill the pool.
2) Less Time Spent Refilling Pool
Reusing your pool water will save you time after the project is finished. Instead of waiting for pumps to refill the pool after construction, all you have to do is open the Aqua-Barrier’s seal and let the water spill back into your pool. You’ll be done in a flash!
Pro Tip: Before you inflate the Aqua-Barrier, clean any leaves, bugs, etc. out of your pool. The last thing you want is to refill your newly refurbished swimming pool with dirty water.
3) No Damage from Water Dumping
It’s generally illegal to dump pool water so that it flows down a storm drain since that introduces chlorine and other chemicals into the water, potentially harming fish and other sea creatures later on. Fortunately, reusing your pool water eliminates both the hazard and the need for water dumping. Just make sure any excess spillage is contained in your backyard.
A Quick, Simple Pool Fix
An Aqua-Barrier can make your pool repair job both easier and cheaper than the usual method. Don’t waste your money, time, or effort on disposing of thousands of gallons of water during your construction project. With an Aqua-Barrier, reusing pool water has never been easier.
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For business owners in Houston and along the coastline, floods are an ever-present danger. Rising water can cause thousands of dollars in damage and set work back by months, if not worse. Unfortunately, preparing the building itself for water damage can only do so much. You as a business owner can protect your investment by using removable flood barriers, easily installed and quickly removed once the danger has passed.
Flood Barriers Ideal for Businesses
A one-size-fits-all flood barrier simply doesn’t exist. For different circumstances or locations, different types of barriers will be more helpful. However, three particular types could prove incredibly useful for many business owners:
- Conventional cofferdams
- Metal flood barriers
- Inflatable bladder dams
1) Conventional Cofferdams
Usually made of steel or concrete, a conventional cofferdam provides a sturdy solution for blocking flood water. However, its design and components often require ample time to set it up, not to mention the additional costs of labor and supplies.
2) Metal Flood Barriers
A metal flood barrier, also known as an EzDam, fits snugly across doors and entryways to keep water from getting in. These mini-dams usually average between 3-4 ft tall and are easily removable when not required. For most businesses, an EzDam provides quickly accessible and easy-to-install protection against flooding.
3) Inflatable Bladder Dams
Perhaps the most cost-effective and simple flood barrier design is the bladder dam. This design resembles a massive balloon filled with water. When needed, an inflatable dam can be placed and filled with floodwater in just a couple hours, holding back further flooding and providing protection just as reliable as its steel cousins. This rapid deployment method can save valuable time and prevent further damage to your business.
Pro Tip: A fully inflated Aqua-Barrier can hold back up to 6 feet of water and silt. Keep your business safe from floodwaters.
Finding the Best Flood Barrier System
Every business owner in a flood-prone area should remain aware of the risks and prepare for the worst. No one can predict flooding with exact accuracy. The best course of action is to find a quality, easily moveable flood barrier and be ready to use it.
Not sure which flood barrier can help your business the most? Join the conversation to speak with our flood control experts about reasonable flood protection for your commercial business.
Flood barriers are essential for dewatering your construction site.. Especially if your company is located in an area prone to flooding, staying informed of flooding solutions could prove very useful. Fortunately, plenty of free online resources can teach you everything you need to know about water-filled flood barriers and protection.
How Can You Educate Yourself?
Featuring videos, downloadable files, webinars, and more, HSI Solutions is your one-stop shop for learning about flood barriers. Browse our library to stay informed and be ready when the next flood hits.
- Video library
- Free webinars
- Cost calculator
- Info pages
1) Video Library
The HSI video library shows the proper way to install the Aqua-Barrier for flood protection as well as construction work. You can also access archived podcasts, charity spotlights, dewatering demonstrations, and more in this section.
2) Free Webinars
Once a month, HSI hosts an online webinar on a topic relevant to construction, flood prevention, or dewatering. Best of all, the webinars are completely free to register for! Just specify which webinar you’d like to attend.
HSI archives their most up-to-date product brochures with key product information. If you’re looking for more detailed engineering info or product specifications, HSI provides both easily accessible via our website.
Pro Tip: A flood barrier can be the only protection your business has against a flood. Take advantage of these free resources and make sure you make the right decision.
4) Cost Calculator
If you’re still on the fence about using a water-filled inflatable barrier instead of a concrete or earthen dam, check how much money the switch could save your company. HSI’s Cost Calculator analyzes your immediate need and produces a detailed price breakdown for the Aqua-Barrier and a traditional dam within seconds. In almost every scenario, you can cut your budget by more than half.
5) Info Pages
The product pages themselves are also good sources of information. The page for HSI’s signature Aqua-Barrier showcases potential uses, dimensions when inflated, special features, and more. Another page shows the proper installation method. Even a casual browse can answer many of your questions about this inflatable flood barrier.
Don’t put off learning about dewatering solutions–you never know when you’ll need something fast. With the help of these resources, you can teach yourself about different types of flood barriers and which is best for your company.
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Dewatering is critical, especially when you need to access an area that is submerged. It’s necessary to find a reputable solution both for the safety of the workers and the quality of the finished product. This Cofferdam Cost Calculator can help you find the most efficient and cost-effective dewatering solution for your construction site. Because of this, your company should choose only the absolute best dewatering systems and equipment.
Which Dewatering Equipment is Best for Your Company?
As you shop for dewatering equipment, consider how much water you will need to move and how quickly you have to finish. The answer may surprise you. Inflatable cofferdams are simple to install, cost less than other dewatering methods and are safe for use in natural bodies of water and swimming pools.
- Research the Market to Spend Less
- Shorter Installation Time
- Safe to Use in Man Made & Natural Dewatering Applications
1) Research the Market to Spend Less
Our water filled dams are three to five times less costly than traditional cofferdam methods. An inflatable cofferdam is also reusable, eliminating the need to spend valuable time and money constructing an expensive new cofferdam at every construction site.
Pro Tip: Inflatable cofferdams are quick to install, keeping downtime at a minimum.
2) Shorter Installation Time
Earthen or concrete cofferdams can take an entire workday to construct, not to mention the additional time spent pumping water out of the worksite. Meanwhile, inflatable cofferdams take less time to set up and allow your crew to get to work faster. Not only are they fast, but an inflatable cofferdam will also safely hold the water pumped out of the worksite, providing a strong, reliable barrier.
3) Safe to Use in Natural and Man-Made Dewatering Applications
Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdams are built to be safe in any type of construction zone. Their strong material allows them to support the weight of the water you need to remove. Rather than removing the water entirely, the Aqua-Barrier temporarily inflates with the water so you can complete construction. This ensures that any natural wildlife is not disturbed during your dewatering process.
Preparing for Your Construction Project
Dewatering doesn’t have to be a costly challenge. With the right equipment, a dewatered construction site will be an easily accessible and safe place to work. Research both the site conditions and the dewatering techniques available to you to get started.
Curious about other dewatering methods? Join the conversation to speak with our high-quality inflatable cofferdam experts about the best dewatering solution for your project.
Cofferdams, barriers to hold water back from a dewatered construction site, are a critical part of many construction projects. Traditional cofferdams made of wood and steel have dominated this part of the construction industry for years. The introduction of inflatable cofferdams, which can be filled with water conveniently available at these construction sites, presents a challenge to the traditional approach. While both have their pros and cons, inflatable cofferdams seem to be a better idea than steel.
Why are Inflatable Cofferdams Better?
Inflatable cofferdams offer several advantages over their traditional steel counterparts. A construction company interested in saving time and landing more jobs should invest in inflatable cofferdams to help their business. Several key advantages of inflatable barriers include:
- Faster installation
- Doesn’t Disturb the Eco-System
- Easy to combine
1) Faster Installation
Did you know that up to 100 linear feet of a water-filled cofferdam could be installed in roughly 2-3 hours? Not only does this mean the job as a whole requires less time, but it also gives your company an advantage over other bidders for the job. If you can set up and complete the job faster than your competitors, you are far more likely to win the work contract.
2) Doesn’t Disturb the Eco-System
Inflatable cofferdams are environmentally friendly compared to other dewatering methods. The flexible material that the Aqua-Barrier® is made from can conform to irregular surfaces and various elevations. Furthermore, many dewatering solutions such as sheet pile cause turbidity which disturbs the natural environment; while Aqua-Barriers® do not. The water filled bladder dams can be temporarily used to store water for your construction site without bringing any foreign materials to your worksite. This is essential for protecting the plants and animals in the underwater eco-system.
Pro Tip: Inflatable cofferdams are made of a highly durable and flexible material, which makes them far more sturdy and reliable than their rigid steel counterparts.
3) Easy to Combine
Steel cofferdams can make expanding or reshaping your workspace difficult. Your crew has to dig up any concrete foundation and haul heavy building materials around. Worse, they have to dedicate valuable work time to bringing in more materials to expand the wall. Inflatable cofferdams make this process much easier. Because of their lighter material, inflatable barriers are easily moved or laid end-to-end in a short amount of time. The new or relocated dams can then be refilled as you dewater the work area again. The whole process can be completed in less time.
Choosing the Best Construction Supplies
When you shop for construction site materials, your biggest concerns are likely cost, efficiency, environmental protection, and safety. A high-quality inflatable cofferdam can easily provide you the best value in all of those categories. Choose a model that works best for your projects.
Want to learn more about your choices in the cofferdam market? Connect with other construction professionals and see what their favorites are.