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Why the Dewatering Process Matters in Construction

Why the Dewatering Process Matters in Construction

Why the Dewatering Process Matters in Construction

Is your construction site near a body of water? Whether you’re building a bridge or repairing a pipe drain, it’s crucial to have a way to remove water that is effective and accessible for your whole team. That’s the importance of the dewatering process.

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What is dewatering exactly? The dewatering process is the removal of water from solid material or soil. In many cases, it’s the removal or draining of groundwater from a riverbed, construction site, caisson, or mine shaft by pumping or evaporation. For construction sites, dewatering is the first step in making sure the project will have a dry and stable foundation.

The Problem with Water

Water is one of the most powerful forces of nature. On a construction site, it can create a number of hazardous work conditions for your workers. With little notice, it can also be the cause of extensive erosion problems. Runoff water can erode the soil on a construction site causing insecure grounding, sediment buildup, and loose contaminants. Without a proper dewatering system, your construction project could find difficulty to be completed.

Benefits of an Aqua-Barrier

While there are several different ways to create a dry construction site, a cofferdam is the most accessible and reliable method of dewatering. The Aqua-Barrier water-filled dam offers quick installation, reusability, and customizable sizing to fit the needs of any construction project. Compared to alternative dewatering methods, the Aqua-Barrier can be easily transported and installed by any member of the construction team. Instead of having to use a sump pump or general water pumps to dewater your site, you can easily start your project with the flexibility of the Aqua-Barrier.  

Pro Tip: Stick to your project timeline with an Aqua-Barrier to remove groundwater from your worksite easily and efficiently.

Types of Construction Dewatering

Due to the portability and functionality, there is no limit to the type of projects applicable for a cofferdam. No matter where your construction site might be, there is a way to remove water with Aqua-Barrier inflatable dams. The number of construction applications aren’t limited to, but might include:

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Solution for Your Construction Projects

Before your project starts showing signs of instability or erosion from surface water, invest in an industry-trusted dewatering solution. With water storage features and in-field repair capabilities, the Aqua-Barrier is your answer for your next construction project.

Are you ready to purchase an Aqua-Barrier cofferdam? Connect with one of our associates to start using one of the top dewatering products available.

Construction in Cold Weather: How to Avoid Frostbite

Construction in Cold Weather: How to Avoid Frostbite

Do you know the warning signs of frostbite or hypothermia? Completing construction projects in cold weather can present a number of health concerns for your crew. Make sure your construction site is prepared to handle the cold temperatures this season.

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Because of skin numbness, most people won’t realize they’re suffering from frostbite unless someone were to point it out. For construction workers, this can be very dangerous. As the manager of your company, how are you planning to help your team avoid frostbite? This winter, it should be your top priority to keep your workers warm and safe on your job site.

Make Training a Priority

The first step to avoiding frostbite or any injury is through proper training. From identifying what clothes to wear to knowing how to recognize a problem, colder weather presents a number of new concerns. Even the healthiest workers can suffer from frostbite or hypothermia; preparing your whole team to watch out for warning signs will protect you from further harm. Hire a professional or enroll your team in a class to teach them the health-related risks.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Out of all of the ways to protect yourself from cold weather, the right construction gear is the most beneficial. Make sure your team has the right clothing to protect against freezing winter air and snow. From hard hats with liners to waterproof jackets, your clothing is the first defense against cold weather. Keep your team protected by providing the appropriate uniform for working in cool temperatures.

Provide Dry and Heated Break Areas 

The risk of frostbite and hypothermia is heightened in areas that contain moisture or dampness. Between bridge-building and pipeline construction, the majority of worksites have water in or surrounding them. Protect your workers by allowing regular breaks and providing warm, dry areas to rest. With a portable heater and inflatable cofferdam, you can easily turn your job site into a suitable place for anyone to work.  

Pro Tip: Dewatering is the process of removing water from a construction site for better application in construction sites. Invest in a water-barrier for your job site to keep surrounding water under control.

The Importance of Winter Construction Safety 

From freezing equipment to slippery work conditions, construction in cold weather can put your workers at risk for trench foot, frostbite, or hypothermia. Without the proper safety measures, your project won’t be completed in time and your workers will get injured. This winter, prepare your job site for the various weather elements that occur.

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Your Water Control & Construction Equipment List

Your Water Control & Construction Equipment List

Do you have the necessary construction equipment for your next project? Does your crew have what they need to work efficiently? With our wide range of water storage solutions and equipment rentals, our construction equipment list is a great way to ensure your worksite or remodel is fully prepared.

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Types of Equipment

Whether you’re in the middle of a building project or bridge reconstruction, there are different pieces of construction equipment that might be required. Don’t forget to ensure that your worksite is fully prepared so that your project is completed efficiently and effectively.

  • Aqua-Barrier Water Storage
  • Portable Pumps
  • Light Towers
  • Air Compressors
  • Blast Pots

Aqua-Barrier Water Storage

On a construction site, clean water might be hard to access and difficult to store. Our Aqua-Barrier Water Storage, formerly known as Insta-Tank is a lightweight solution for a wide range of scenarios. From storing water during a pool repair to keeping freshwater for portable restrooms, the reliability of our pillow tanks is unquestioned.

Portable Pumps

We offer multiple portable pumps to assist in dewatering and sewage removal. The trustworthiness and durability of our pumps will ensure that your project is completed seamlessly. With easy transport and quick access, we’re your source for rentable pumps. 

Pro Tip: If you’re in need of a dry worksite, the cofferdam is your ultimate solution. Instead of using sandbags, use water-inflated dams to protect your construction site. 

Light Towers

No matter what the weather or location, light towers are a necessity for your construction crew. With adjusted light settings and varying heights, our light towers are mobile and available for rent year-round. Moreover, don’t leave your crew in the dark! Make sure you have access to a light tower for your next project.

Air Compressors

Whatever power tools you’re using on you’re a construction site, you’re going to need an air compressor to keep them functioning. From jackhammers, sanders, grinders, to blasting systems, your construction crew will finish their project more efficiently with a compressor on site. Our selection of air compressors will be available in the near future. Contact one of our associates today!

Blast Pots

If your construction project involves abrasive blasting, it’s necessary to have a blast pot in your system. Whether you’re preparing a surface for coating or working to remove rust from materials, the blast pot is a necessary component for your crew. Our choice of blast pot systems will be available soon. If you’re interested in renting this piece of equipment, contact a member of our team today! 

Preparing your Construction Site

In the construction industry, having the proper equipment enhances the safety of your workers and the efficiency of your finished product. As you start planning for your next project, don’t neglect to rent the necessary equipment and prepare your worksite correctly.

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Save Time with the Aqua-Barrier’s Quick Installation

Save Time with the Aqua-Barrier’s Quick Installation

Construction is generally a rather slow-moving job. With a line of crews waiting to work on each section of the project and a looming deadline for completion, it proves to be demanding work. Any way to save time is welcome.

Fortunately, jobs that involve dewatering have a massive advantage for saving time: the Aqua-Barrier. This inflatable temporary cofferdam is a quick, easy way to clear the worksite in a matter of hours and let work begin almost immediately. Let’s take a look at what an inflatable dam could do for your project.

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Installing a Conventional Cofferdam

A conventional cofferdam, typically made of concrete or steel, requires a good amount of work and care. First, the wall itself is installed in the proper place to establish the border of the worksite. Next, huge pumps remove the water from the site, allowing the crew to enter and begin the project. The most obvious problem with this set-up is the time involved in constructing a secure wall, then dewatering afterward. This process could take an entire day, potentially more if the worksite is especially large. And when the job is done, what will you do with the materials? They aren’t exactly reusable.

Installing an Aqua-Barrier

By contrast, an Aqua-Barrier requires significantly less time and effort to set up. Simply determine the border of the worksite, unroll the barrier, and inflate it. Best of all, you can combine the dewatering process with the initial setup since the barrier fills full of water! Just put the displaced water into your cofferdam. Though the exact time required to inflate the cofferdam varies, an 8ft x 100ft Aqua-Barrier takes a mere 2 hours to fully inflate.

Save Time on Future Projects

Not only is an Aqua-Barrier the superior choice for your immediate needs, but it’s also a great way to save time on your future construction projects. If you opt for a conventional cofferdam, you’ll have to safely dispose of the building materials afterward since you’ll likely be unable to reuse or recycle them. This also means you’ll need to start from scratch the next time you need a cofferdam. Fortunately, an Aqua-Barrier is fully reusable!

Pro Tip: Some water barrier materials, such as sandbags, have to be treated as hazardous waste. Avoid this environmental hazard and time waster by using an Aqua-Barrier instead!

Streamline Your Next Dewatering & Construction Job

While you can’t control everything that might contribute to a delay in your construction work, you can certainly control the amount of time you spend dewatering your worksite. An Aqua-Barrier can turn a days-long dewatering job into mere hours. Add one of these essential inflatable barriers to your construction equipment and save time with the quick Aqua-Barrier installation!

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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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