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Why Choose a Water-Inflated Cofferdam for Boat Ramp Construction?

Why Choose a Water-Inflated Cofferdam for Boat Ramp Construction?

Why Choose a Water-Inflated Cofferdam for Boat Ramp Construction?

Boat ramp construction projects take place in an area normally submerged in water. Clearly, the construction crew will require a reliable dewatering solution and water barrier to keep the work area safe and dry. For a time-sensitive project, a quickly installed solution will be very helpful.

A water-filled cofferdam such as the Aqua-Barrier provides a quick, cost-effective, safe solution for boat ramp construction projects. This inflatable dam will more than prove its worth to your construction crew.

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Environmentally Friendly

Sandbags, perhaps the most common flood barriers, aren’t always as effective as you might think. Worse, they often must be disposed of as hazardous waste since there’s no way to know what they came in contact with in the water. A steel or concrete cofferdam also generates plenty of waste that must be hauled away. Meanwhile, an Aqua-Barrier provides a simple cleanup experience: just deflate it, roll it up, and pack it away for the next project! An inflatable cofferdam all but eliminates the waste left behind by holding back water.

Cost-Effective

Concrete cofferdams or sandbags aren’t cheap. Add in the cost of providing new water barriers for every construction project, and the price climbs quickly. On the other hand, an Aqua-Barrier could save you money on both fronts. Not only are they generally half the price of a traditional cofferdam (use this cost calculator to see for yourself), but inflatable dams are also reusable. Their durable vinyl material stands up to enough abuse that the same inflatable barrier can be used many times before repairs or replacements are needed.

Pro Tip: For an even more convenient experience, rent an inflatable cofferdam instead of buying one! Spend less and get the same services for your project.

Fast Installation

Typical water barriers can require an extensive amount of time to properly install, not even considering the dewatering process itself. With proper installation techniques, an Aqua-Barrier can be set up in far less time. Even better, the barrier itself performs the dewatering by inflating full of water, keeping the construction site dry and the rest of the water at bay. This quality product won’t force you to delay construction!

An Excellent Solution for Boat Ramp Construction

An Aqua-Barrier presents the perfect solution for boat ramp construction work. With a perfect balance of price, speed, and environmental protection, this inflatable dam will help your construction project stay on track and keep your work area protected from water damage.

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Why Choose a Water-Inflated Cofferdam for Pipeline Construction?

Why Choose a Water-Inflated Cofferdam for Pipeline Construction?

An underwater pipe in need of repairs presents a challenge to the average construction crew. Before any work can begin, the crew has to dewater the entire area and set up a barrier so they can work in safety. Typical dewatering methods and barriers won’t help a great deal in this case.

For underwater pipeline construction, a water-inflated bladder dam such as the Aqua-Barrier offers a faster, cheaper, cleaner solution than most go-to barriers. An inflatable cofferdam can even reduce waste during your project. Here’s why an inflatable barrier is an ideal choice for a pipeline construction project.

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Fast, Easy Installation and Removal

A steel cofferdam or wall of sandbags requires at least a full workday or longer to set up, costing you valuable time and allowing any damage to worsen. On the other hand, an Aqua-Barrier can be unrolled and inflated to its full capacity in much less time. It’s also fully portable! Once you’re done at one construction site, deflate your cofferdam and move on to the next one.

Keep Costs Low

Since an inflatable cofferdam is reusable, you won’t have to invest in a new barrier for each construction project. Just buy a new cofferdam and use it for years to come. Not only will you save money over time, but you’ll save on your initial purchase as well. An Aqua-Barrier typically costs about half the price as its steel or concrete cousins!

Pro Tip: Use a cost calculator to see how much you’ll be saving by choosing an inflatable cofferdam rather than a steel or concrete barrier.

Reduce Waste

Compared to sandbags or traditional cofferdams, an Aqua-Barrier is surprisingly environmentally friendly. Just fill it up with the very water you’re barricading against, and drain it when your project is finished. There’s no trash or hazardous waste to haul away as sandbags would produce. An inflatable cofferdam is one dewatering solution you don’t have to clean up after!

The Perfect Dewatering Solution

For a pipeline construction project, the Aqua-Barrier presents a fully portable, reusable, eco-friendly solution. The strong vinyl material will withstand huge amounts of pressure and obstacles. No cofferdam presents an easier installation method. What more could a construction crew ask for?

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The 3 Primary Methods of Installing an Inflatable Cofferdam

The 3 Primary Methods of Installing an Inflatable Cofferdam

An inflatable cofferdam such as the Aqua-Barrier provides a simple, low-cost way to guard against excess water. The barrier can be installed in anticipation of a flood, as a dewatering method, or to help curb the flow of water. Today, we’ll be looking at the proper cofferdam installation methods for all three primary scenarios.

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Installing the Aqua-Barrier

The Aqua-Barrier provides excellent protection against flood waters or water around a construction site. However, as with any type of cofferdam, it must be properly installed to work correctly. The three scenarios in which an inflatable cofferdam is usually deployed are as follows:

  1. Dry surface installation
  2. Static water installation
  3. Dynamic water installation

1) Dry Surface Installation

To install the Aqua-Barrier on a dry surface, simply unroll it around the area you want to protect and inflate the cofferdam with water to its desired height. That’s it!

Installing the cofferdam on a dry surface is usually done as a preventive measure if flooding is anticipated. For particularly nasty floods, it’s recommended to inflate the Aqua-Barrier to its maximum height of about six feet. Don’t let even a drop of water get through.

Pro Tip: Smooth out the area your Aqua-Barrier will lie on as much as possible. While the vinyl is strong, obstructions could be problematic.

2) Static Water Installation

You would use this installation method to install the Aqua-Barrier in a body of stagnant water, such as a swimming pool. Unroll the Aqua-Barrier across the surface of the water and float it to its desired position. Once the cofferdam is in place, begin pumping in water. The cofferdam will inflate downwards into the body of water and provide a sturdy barrier.

For more details on installing the Aqua-Barrier in static water, check out these instructions.

3) Dynamic Water Installation

For construction projects such as pipeline repair, you’ll have to install the Aqua-Barrier in moving water. Start by positioning one end of the cofferdam in place with heavy equipment, like a backhoe, and anchor the other end to the shoreline. Inflate the bladder from the flowing water until it’s sufficiently blocked and you can begin work.

Using an Inflatable Cofferdam Properly

An Aqua-Barrier is the quickest, safest, and most cost-effective way to ensure that your property stays flood-free and your construction projects aren’t overrun with water. If you take the time to properly install your bladder dam, you’ll never have to worry about leaks or flooding.

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The Best Dewatering Solution for Pipeline Construction

The Best Dewatering Solution for Pipeline Construction

Pipeline construction or repair presents its own unique set of challenges. This is particularly true if the pipe is underwater. To create a clean and safe workspace, your construction group has to completely dewater the area before work can begin.

The Aqua-Barrier, an inflatable bladder dam, presents a perfect solution for all your pipeline construction needs. It’s far more affordable than most dewatering solutions on the market today, in addition to requiring far less time to set up and tear down. Here’s how the Aqua-Barrier can make your pipeline construction project go faster.

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Quick Installation and Removal

Traditional cofferdams or other water barriers can take days to assemble and require additional time to remove the water. With an Aqua-Barrier, installation takes just a few hours. Better yet, the water you need to remove is stored inside the inflatable dam itself! Reduce both your time commitment and your environmental impact with an inflatable cofferdam.

Cost Efficiency

Most traditional dewatering methods or flood barriers are single-use. A traditional steel cofferdam in particular has to be completely disassembled and the materials hauled away once the project is complete. Fortunately, an Aqua-Barrier can be used multiple times. After the initial purchase, you shouldn’t need a new one for a long time! Just deflate it, roll it up, and head to the next job when your pipeline construction is complete.

Pro Tip: If your company currently uses traditional dewatering methods, plug them into this cost calculator to see how much money you could be saving with an Aqua-Barrier instead.

Works with Any Construction Site

A fully inflated Aqua-Barrier can hold back up to six feet of water and silt, making it the ideal choice for a high-water area. Additionally, the cofferdam’s scrim-reinforced PVC material is durable and tear resistant, preventing most leaks and making repairs simple. The Aqua-Barrier can survive almost any problem your construction site can throw at it!

A Great Choice for Your Construction Job

An inflatable cofferdam can save you money on your construction project and reduce the time spent on a job. Plus, the same barrier will last you for plenty more jobs in the future without major maintenance. What more could you ask for in an inflatable dam?

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3 Sandbag Alternatives

3 Sandbag Alternatives

What immediately comes to mind when you think about flood prevention? If you’re like most people, you probably imagine building walls out of sandbags to hold back the water. Sandbags have indeed been used for many years and are a reasonably effective way to prevent water damage. However, they’re far from a perfect solution. Laying down sandbags costs valuable time, and even then water can leak between the cracks. For modern businesses, the problem of flooding requires a better solution.

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Modern Flood Protection Solutions

As technology improves, better flood protection solutions are supplanting sandbags as the go-to flood barrier. These sandbag alternatives prevent flood damage while also reducing the time needed to set them up, the environmental impact of sandbags, and potential leakage of floodwater. Which of these is right for your business?

  1. Traditional cofferdams
  2. Inflatable barriers
  3. Metal flood barriers

1) Traditional Cofferdams

Cofferdams made of steel or concrete have been nearly as popular as sandbags for many years. While they do a good job holding back floodwaters, these cofferdams also present a cleanup challenge. Hauling away all the building materials can cost valuable time and money and potentially leave waste behind. Besides, who has the time to build a concrete wall when a flood is on the way?

2) Inflatable Barriers

Why not make the floodwater itself block the flood? With an inflatable bladder dam such as the Aqua-Barrier, the floodwater fills the bladder to form a wall. A fully inflated Aqua-Barrier can hold back as much as 6 ft of water and silt, protecting your business from any further damage. Once the flood is over, just drain the water. Not only is an inflatable flood barrier a great way to take advantage of your circumstances, but it also provides an environmentally friendly, waste-free solution.

Pro Tip: Install the Aqua-Barrier on a dry surface as a preventive measure against a flood. Setup is simple–just unroll and fill with water!

3) Metal Flood Barriers

While an inflatable dam will help hold back really deep floodwaters, a less threatening flood can be diverted with a metal barrier such as the EzDam. These dams fit perfectly over doorways and can block 3-4 ft of flood water. These barriers completely eliminate the need for any cleanup or disposal of your dam afterward–you don’t even have to drain them as you would an inflatable dam. Just move them out of the way once the water’s all gone!

Protecting Your Business

Water damage is expensive to repair and has the potential to get worse if the water is allowed to stay for too long. Additionally, the more repairs your business requires, the longer you’ll have to wait to start serving customers again, costing even more money. Take advantage of these high-quality sandbag alternatives to keep your business safe from flooding and get back to work as soon as possible.

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Traditional Cofferdam Types and Alternatives

Traditional Cofferdam Types and Alternatives

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.

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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!

Construction Applications

Wondering if an inflatable cofferdam is right for your construction project? Here are some common Aqua-Barrier® construction applications:

Discover The Aqua-Barrier® Difference

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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