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Understanding Your Aqua-Barrier’s Features

Understanding Your Aqua-Barrier’s Features

Understanding Your Aqua-Barrier’s Features

Before you can start using your Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdam, you should take the time to understand the features and optional accessories that come with it. Most of these features will be used very often in construction or flood prevention efforts.

Your Aqua-Barrier comes pre-equipped with multiple important features necessary for everyday use. For more specialized work, you can choose to purchase a couple of additional accessories to make your job easier. Whichever choice you ultimately go with, it never hurts to review your blueprints and keep track of your Aqua-Barrier’s accessories.

Your Aqua-Barrier has a few built-in features that you’ll use a lot. Learn their purposes and how to use them here. Click To Tweet

Fill Ports

Aqua-Barriers are equipped with 4-inch fill ports located on the top of the Aqua-Barriers close to each end for easy access. Heavy-duty water pumps can fill the cofferdam from the top in just a few hours, allowing you to begin using the cofferdam immediately.

Drain Ports

Each Aqua-Barrier is equipped with multiple drain ports for quick removal. Drain ports are located on each side and each end to make emptying the Aqua-Barriers a quick and easy process.

End Pipeloops

Pipe loops are located on each end to facilitate the installation and removal of the Aqua-Barrier cofferdams. They provide a way for your lifting equipment, such as track hoes and cranes, to hold on the Aqua-Barrier during placement, thus using less manpower.

Pro Tip: The EZRoller makes packing up your Aqua-Barrier the simplest part of your workday! Learn more about the EZRoller on its dedicated product page.

Reflective Tape (An Option Available on Purchases Only)

While reflective tape is an optional accessory that comes with an additional cost, it could be a worthwhile choice depending on your exact circumstances. For example, a nighttime construction project in the water has to make itself visible to traffic such as boats. While the bright lights at a construction site make the overall location obvious, reflective tape will define a clear barrier for further safety.

Stay Familiar with Your Aqua-Barrier

Each Aqua-Barrier comes equipped with most of the necessary features you’ll need for common applications. While most of the functions are straightforward, it never hurts to remind yourself where everything is. If you need a further reminder, check out the product specifications for more details.

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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.

Is a water-inflated cofferdam the right choice for your boat ramp construction project? It probably is! Find out why here. Click To Tweet

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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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.

With traditional cofferdams being such an inconvenient and expensive dewatering method, how can you find a better solution? An inflated, water-filled cofferdam is a cost-effective alternative. Click To Tweet

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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3 Reasons to Choose Inflatable Cofferdam Designs for Construction Projects

3 Reasons to Choose Inflatable Cofferdam Designs for Construction Projects

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.

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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:

  1. Faster installation
  2. Doesn’t Disturb the Eco-System
  3. 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.

When to Consider Shoreline Restoration

When to Consider Shoreline Restoration

If you own a contracting company or work in the construction field, you are well aware that many projects are in or around shorelines. Carrying out the project can damage or disrupt the shoreline, causing erosion and the possible destruction of our precious shorelines. Does your next construction project require dewatering solutions? If so, you may need to consider shoreline restoration. Click To Tweet

What Projects Require the Use of Shoreline Restoration Techniques?

Employing shoreline restoration techniques can be beneficial in a number of construction fields and projects. It is important to consider shoreline restoration when dealing with many dewatering projects, such as pipeline construction, bridge and dam projects, and for sediment control. Here are five times that shoreline restoration needs to be taken into consideration:

  1. Shoreline Erosion and Stabilization
  2. Sediment Control
  3. Bridge and Dam Projects
  4. Pipeline Construction
  5. Ecosystem Restoration

1) Shoreline Erosion and Stabilization

Erosion occurs by the removal of coastal land that has been supplanted by water. It can be caused by storms, high winds, improper irrigation, and construction projects that disrupt the shoreline.

2) Sediment Control

It is important that developers and builders take into consideration sediment to help prevent erosion. When the soil and shorelines are disturbed, it can lead to a loss of habitat, blocked stormwater drains, public health issues, and an increased risk of flooding.

3) Bridge and Dam Projects

Because bridge and dam construction or repair projects require dewatering and are located along shorelines, they are an important time to use shoreline restoration techniques and practices.

4) Pipeline Construction

Many times, pipeline construction projects and inspections are performed in the water, and therefore the shoreline needs to be taken into consideration.

5) Ecosystem Restoration

When it comes to keeping shorelines healthy and the ecosystem thriving, it is imperative that control measures are installed before excavation or site disturbance occurs. Construction projects and natural weather disturbances can cause harm to the shoreline. When it comes time to performing restoration techniques, be sure you are using the best tools for the job.

ProTip: The Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdam allows you to create a temporary dam in order to get a dry workspace to begin a shoreline stabilization project–without having to worry about flooding surrounding areas.

Shoreline Restoration and the Aqua Barrier® Water Inflated Dam

It is the job of the builder or developer to consider shoreline restoration and take reasonable care to prevent material (soil, sand, litter) from leaving construction sites. This can be achieved by using proper dewatering technique and using the best tools available, like the Aqua Barrier® Water Inflated Dam. Traditional sandbags can actually cause more damage to the shoreline, so using a cofferdam is the best option for any shoreline restoration project.

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5 Key Advantages to Using Water Inflated Dams

5 Key Advantages to Using Water Inflated Dams

Whether you are doing bridge repair, sediment control, concrete repairs or many other construction and pipeline projects, a dry workspace is a must. Instead of using time-consuming earthen dams or sandbags, there are numerous benefits to using a water inflated cofferdam.

Why Choose a Water Inflated Dam?

Need a dry work site for your next construction project? Check out these 5 advantages of a water inflated dam before you start work. Click To Tweet The Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam was introduced on the market in 1996 and its advantages are being seen across the country. Water filled cofferdams have become a popular choice in many industries due to the many benefits associated with this type of solution. Here are five key advantages of using a water inflated dam:

  1. Quick and Easy to Use
  2. Environmentally Friendly
  3. Fills With Water from Your Site
  4. No Post-Construction Site Restoration
  5. Saves Money and Time

1) Quick and Easy to Use

The Aqua-Barrier® can be installed in two easy and basic ways depending on if the water is moving or still. The inner baffle is filled with water, inflating the dam in minutes, creating a safe barrier around your workplace or construction site.

2) Environmentally Friendly

An inflatable dam is environmentally-friendly compared to other traditional dewatering and flood prevention methods. It is reusable and can easily be stored when not in use. Most dams install in just 1-2 hours and are also quick to put away.

3) Fills With Water From Your Site

There is no need to haul in fill to make your Aqua-Barrier® work! The Aqua-Barrier uses water to inflate, so you can use the water on the site and never have to worry about bringing it from elsewhere.

4) No Post-Construction Site Restoration

When using sandbags and other materials to dam up a worksite, you run the risk of needing to perform site restoration at the end of the project. When you use an inflatable bladder dam to dewater your construction site, you simply drain the water back where you got it from and pack up in a day or two. Because of this, minimal manpower required, cutting down on prep and cleanup time, allowing contractors to finish on time or early.

5) Saves Money and Time

You might think that it would cost a bundle to use an Aqua-Barrier®, but it actually saves money! Prior to inflatable dams, most people opted for sand-bags. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that the cost of using sandbags averages around $5.00 per sandbag and most use approximately 34 sandbags per foot. This cost adds up with the cost of materials along with the time and manpower used, too.

Advantages of Water Inflated Cofferdams

ProTip: Not only does a water inflated dam save time and money, but it is also more environmentally friendly compared to other dewatering methods.

A water inflated cofferdam is the most effective tool for creating a dry worksite. With it being so affordable and easy to install, it is the optimal choice when looking for dewatering solutions.

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