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5 Key Advantages to Using Water Inflated Dams

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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The Importance of Dewatering Precautions to Ensure a Safe Work Site

The Importance of Dewatering Precautions to Ensure a Safe Work Site

If you work in construction, you know how important a dry worksite can be. Dewatering the construction site prior to beginning work allows the site to be safer by lowering the risk of accidents, firms the soil where work will be conducted, and it also helps the environment by removing standing water that can be a target for mosquitos and toxins. About to begin a new construction project? Learn the importance of dewatering precautions so you can ensure a safe work site. Click To Tweet

Construction Projects and Dewatering Precautions

Dewatering is needed on nearly all construction sites. Water needs to be removed from these sites to create a safer work environment, help prevent erosion, and also help protect the environment. It is important to consider some dewatering precautions before getting started on a project. Here are a few to remember:

  • Water should never be pumped directly into slopes.
  • Discontinue dewatering if the area shows signs of instability or erosion.
  • Channels used for dewatering need to be steady and protected by grass and vegetation.
  • Never dewater during heavy rains. The water and infiltration rate will be slower during the dewatering process or it will not function entirely.
  • Never discharge water that contains oil, grease, or chemical products.
  • Make sure to acquire any additional permits from state, local, or federal agencies.

Dewatering Methods

There are many dewatering methods to get the dry worksite you need for your construction project. These vary from open excavation, trenches, gravity drainage channels, and also inflatable cofferdams. An Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Water Dam is the perfect tool for many dewatering and construction projects and is a more environmentally friendly and safe alternative to other traditional dewatering methods.

ProTip: An Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is the perfect alternative to sheet piling and sandbags that is environmentally friendly, as well as cost and time effective.

Ensure Safety with Dewatering Precautions

Whether you are working on a bridge repair, pipeline construction, sediment control, or shoreline restorations, keeping your work site safe requires dewatering and following the dewatering precautions above.

Contact us to learn more reasons it is important to follow dewatering precautions to ensure a safe worksite.

6 Ways to Ensure a Timely Construction Project

6 Ways to Ensure a Timely Construction Project

So much time and consideration go into commercial construction projects, and sometimes, things can get back up or slowed down, costing you lost time and money. How can you reduce the chances of delays in your next construction project? Here are 6 ways to ensure your project is done on time. Click To Tweet

Complete Your Construction Project On Time

When it comes to a successful and timely construction project, it takes everyone working together to get things done. To ensure your next project doesn’t have any setbacks, follow these six tips to ensure it’s done by the projected time:

  1. Plan Effectively
  2. Hire the Right Team
  3. Assign Accountability
  4. Keep Clear Communication
  5. Choose the Right Tools
  6. Monitor Progress Daily

1) Plan Effectively

Before you do anything else, you must have a master plan that is clear about objectives, scope, budget, and even the methodology for getting the project done. One way to do this is to have a meeting with all the major players involved to discuss the project and how it can best be completed in a timely manner.

2) Hire the Right Team

If you want things done right, you have to hire the right people. Do your homework and make sure you are working with contractors, subcontractors, and vendors that have good reputations and are known to follow through.

3) Assign Accountability

Make sure everyone knows exactly what their tasks and jobs and hold them accountable for their work. Make sure everyone has a clear understanding of what is expected of them, as well as the timeline for completion.

4) Keep Clear Communication

Without clear communication, people might become confused, make assumptions, or miscommunicate what they need to complete the project. Make sure all members understand your expectations and be sure to communicate with them regularly so there are no misunderstandings.

ProTip: To ensure your team completes the construction project on time, make sure all workers understand your expectations, as well as what they are responsible for.

5) Choose the Right Tools

Not having the right tools for the job can slow a project down. For example, if your project requires dewatering, you can save time (and money) by using an Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam instead of other time-consuming alternatives, like sandbags.

6) Monitor Progress Daily

The construction project manager needs to be aware of everything that is happening through the entire design and construction phase of the project. By communicating and checking progress daily, the project will move forward just as planned.

Ensuring Timely Construction Projects

With the right people on board, a solid working plan, and the right tools, you are on the right path to ensuring a timely construction project.

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7 Different Kinds of Dams & Their Uses

7 Different Kinds of Dams & Their Uses

Over 3 million miles of rivers and streams in the United States, and many of these flow into the estimated 84,000 dams around the country. But did you know that not all dams are created equal? They aren’t. In fact, there are many different kinds of dams, and they each have their own uses.  

Various Kinds of Dams

Did you know there is more than one kind of dam and they each have a different use? Here are 7 different kinds of dams and how they are used. Click To Tweet

A dam is a barrier that restricts or stops the flow of water, helps suppress floods, as well as providing irrigation, industrial, and aquaculture uses. Here are seven of the different kinds of dams used across America and what they are used for.

  1. Diversion Dam
  2. Buttress Dam
  3. Embankment Dam
  4. Cofferdam
  5. Storage Dam
  6. Detention Dam
  7. Gravity Dam

1) Diversion Dam

Like the name says, a diversion dam is used to divert water. They provide pressure to push water into ditches, canals, or other areas used for conveyance. Diversion dams are typically lower in height and have a small water storage area in it’s upstream.

2) Buttress Dam

Buttress dams can take many forms, but they all consist of a sloping deck supported by intervals of buttresses. There are three main buttress dams, including: multiple arch type, massive head type, and deck type. Buttress dams usually use less concrete than other dams but are not necessarily cheaper.

3) Embankment Dam

An embankment dam is a large, artificial dam that is constructed with natural excavated materials or industrial waste materials, such as compacted plastics, and various compositions of soil, sand, rock, and clay.   

4) Cofferdam

A cofferdam is a temporary, portable dam used for a variety of projects including bridge repair, shoreline restoration, pipeline installation, and many other construction projects. A cofferdam is used to close off some or all of a construction area. Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdams are made from high-grade industrial vinyl coated polyester and can be used on all terrain and in any conditions. They are reusable and compact for transportation.

5) Storage Dam

These dams are not mean to divert or keep water out, but to keep water in. Storage dams are constructed to store water during the rainy seasons, supply water to the local wildlife, and store water for hydroelectric power generation, and irrigation. Storage dams are the most common types of dams.

6) Detention Dam

Detention dams are specifically constructed for flood control by retarding flow downstream, helping reduce flash floods (to some extent). The water is retained in a reservoir to be later gradually released.

7) Gravity Dam

A gravity dam is a massive, man-made concrete dam designed to hold large volumes of water. Because of the heavy concrete used, it is able to resist the horizontal thrust of the water, and gravity essentially holds the dam to the ground. They are used to block rivers in wide valleys and must be built on a strong foundation of bedrock.

Different Kinds of Dams

ProTip: There are many different kinds of dams and each has their different uses. If you are looking for a temporary dam to create a dry work site for your next construction project, a cofferdam is your best option.

There are many different kinds of dams, and they are all an important part of our country, providing for domestic, industry, and irrigation uses, including water for drinking, bathing, hydroelectric power generation, water storage, flood protection, and more.

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Heat Stress and Construction: Top Ways to Ensure Worker Safety

Heat Stress and Construction: Top Ways to Ensure Worker Safety

Even though summer is winding down doesn’t mean the temperatures will be dropping anytime soon. In Texas, extreme heat sticks around for a little longer and it can cause issues for those working long hours in the hot sun doing construction work or manual labor. It is important that companies and workers are properly educated on heat stress to properly ensure their worker’s safety.

Staying Safe from Heat Stress

Heat-related illnesses affect thousands of people and kill more than 15 people in the construction industry each year. Heat can make anyone sick, but for those who are overweight, have high blood pressure, or those on certain prescriptions and over-the-counter medications are even more at risk. By understanding the causes and symptoms of heat stress, the number of people affected by heat stress can be drastically reduced. Click To Tweet

Causes of Heat Stress

Construction laborers are at particular risk of heat-related illness because they work in high temperatures and humidities, and are at many times, exposed to direct sun. Construction workers are also involved in heavy physical labor and typically wear a lot of heavy, protective clothing that also heats them up.

Symptoms of Heat Stress

Heat stress causes a host of negative conditions and illnesses that can range from cramping, mild heat exhaustion, irritability and headaches to confusion, loss of consciousness, heat stroke or even death. If a worker ceases to sweat and begins to feel cold, it is imperative that health measures are taken to prevent worsening.

Ensuring Worker Safety from Extreme Heat

Employers can do a lot to help ensure worker safety in the extreme heat. Here are some important precautions that need to be implemented in order to protect workers from excessive heat:

  • Require rest breaks in shaded and cool areas. Air-conditioned spaces or areas with fans can help cool workers down.
  • Provide cool water to drink and encourage workers to drink five to seven ounces every 15-20 minutes.
  • When possible, assign work to be done in the shade until the temperatures cool off a bit.
  • Schedule the heavy work during the cooler part of the day.
  • Suggest that workers wear lighter colored clothes in lightweight fabrics.
  • Give additional breaks to workers wearing protective clothing.
  • Have workers occasionally check their heart rates and temperatures.

Heat Stress on the Construction Site

Precautions must be taken by the employees and employers when it comes to staying safe in working in hot environments. With proper education and setting up guidelines for working in the heat, you can help your workers avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and other heat issues that plague those at greater risk.

Contact us to learn more about heat stress in the construction industry, or browse our dewatering products for your next project.

A Quick and Easy Guide to Inflatable Bladder Dam Installation

A Quick and Easy Guide to Inflatable Bladder Dam Installation

Inflatable bladder dams are the essential tool when you need a dry worksite for your project. These environmentally safe alternatives to sandbags and classic cofferdams. They are ideal for flood prevention, and other dewatering projects, such as concrete repairs, boat ramp repair and installation, pipeline construction, pool maintenance, and more. One of the best things about these effective tools is how easy and quick inflatable bladder dam installation is! Click To Tweet

Easy Inflatable Bladder Dam Installation

An inflatable bladder dam can be used on all terrains and in every scenario you encounter.  Here are three worksite scenarios that are perfect for inflatable bladder dams, and how to install them.

  1. Inflatable dams for dry surface projects
  2. Bladder dams for static water worksites
  3. Inflatable bladder dams for projects with moving water

1) Inflatable Dams for Dry Surface Projects

When using an inflatable bladder dam for dry surface projects installation is simple! Just roll it out and inflate it! This method is usually used prior to severe weather to prevent flooding.

2) Bladder Dams for Static Water Worksites

Many times, there is non-moving or standing water on a site that needs removal. This is typical of boat ramp work, pipeline construction, and other construction projects. In this case, the bladder dam barriers are buoyant and will float on the water’s surface. Simply place the bladder dam at the water’s edge and then unroll the dam. Position it where you need it to be and then simply fill it.

3) Inflatable Bladder Dams for Projects with Moving Water

There are instances when water is moving on your worksite, as with bridge repairs. When this occurs, it’s necessary to position the barriers by controlling the ends with hydraulic equipment such as a track hoe or crane. You may also need to anchor at least one end of the bladder dam to the shoreline.

Advantages of Inflatable Bladder Dams

Because inflatable bladder dams can be installed 3 to 5 times faster than traditional methods, you might be wasting time and money by using outdated and timely methods such as sandbags or other cofferdams. If you are looking to streamline operations and prevent your team from hassles, an inflatable bladder dam is a perfect option for your construction and dewatering needs.

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*Please note: These descriptions aren’t intended to be comprehensive installation instructions. They are simplified to give you an overview of the process. Your inflatable cofferdam provider will give you comprehensive instructions.