The new year is a great time to reevaluate your progress and set goals for the future. As you start setting resolutions for 2020, it’s important to think of ways to improve your business and protect your employees. By investing in an Aqua-Barrier cofferdam, you can complete this year’s projects with ease and efficiency.
Is your construction site located near a large body of water? Do you need to store a large amount of water? Do you live in a region with flooding potential? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need an Aqua-Barrier inflatable dam. Among the many reasons why an Aqua-Barrier product would be a worthy investment, pay attention these three.
1. Emergency Flood Protection
When a hurricane is headed your way, you need to protect your residential or commercial properties. The Aqua-Barrier has been designed to provide substantial flood protection. This year, don’t neglect to prepare for the hurricane season. Instead, purchase a water inflated dam to create a flood barrier to protect your property where and when you need it.
Pro Tip: In comparison to wasteful sandbags, our water-filled barrier is made of environmentally-safe materials for easy cleanup and reusability.
2. Range of Applications
Do you need to dewater your construction site or create a temporary water barrier? Our inflated cofferdams are versatile for any use. From boat ramps to pipeline construction, we take great pride in the range of industries that our Aqua-Barrier can be applied to. With customized sizes that fit your work area, the cofferdam is designed with you in mind.
No matter what may have transpired in 2019, the start of a new year welcomes a fresh start and room to achieve your goals. If you’ve been unable to invest in an Aqua-Barrier for your business, there’s no better time than now to protect your business.
Construction projects are rather unpredictable in their timetables. Even if your plan seems flawless, something will happen that you simply can’t control and set your project back. Whether there’s an accident, weather delays, or just a problem with supplies you ordered, you’ll most likely encounter time-consuming problems on a construction job.
Fortunately, there’s one area of your project that you can be confident in: getting your Aqua-Barrier on time. HSI Services is dedicated to providing you with the equipment you need exactly when you need it. Wondering how to get your Aqua-Barrier as quickly as possible?
The first step toward buying or renting an Aqua-Barrier is determining how much you can spend. Using our Cofferdam Cost Calculator, input the size and shape of the cofferdam you need and compare it against conventional cofferdam prices. In most cases, you’ll pay twice as much for a conventional dam as you would for an Aqua-Barrier.
Will the Aqua-Barrier Work in that Environment?
If you aren’t sure how the Aqua-Barrier will respond in your particular work environment, try plugging the information into AquaComp. This detailed computer program simulates the behavior of an inflated cofferdam in the work environment you specify, giving you a very informative look at what you can expect. Don’t let your work setting take you by surprise! Test everything ahead of time in a simulation and prepare accordingly.
Pro Tip: AquaComp’s simulation may show that you need a different cofferdam than originally planned. Keep trying until you find the correct type and dimensions you need.
Reserve Your Aqua-Barrier
Summer, the busiest time of year for construction projects, is coming to a close. That doesn’t mean Aqua-Barriers are just up for grabs, however. It’s always best to reserve your inflatable cofferdam as far ahead of time as you can to make sure you get exactly what you need when you need it. Don’t wait too long and get stuck with the wrong size.
Optimize Your Construction Project!
The Aqua-Barrier is designed to make your job easier. We’re ready to make sure you get this critical addition to your project as quickly as possible once you’ve ordered it. As long as you don’t wait until the last minute, you’re guaranteed to get an Aqua-Barrier quickly and start work on your construction project!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 moneyon 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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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