Pipe defects, dents, corrosion, and gouges cause pipelines to leak or need repair. It can prove an intensive task if you don’t have the right tools or knowledge. Here are some top tips to ensure successful dewatering for your pipeline repair.
Safety is always the first consideration on any construction dewatering project. By following basic construction safety rules such as proper tool maintenance, personal protective equipment and safety and hazard training, you can make sure everyone stays safe while making repairs and preventing additional damage.
Getting your site free from water is crucial to a successful pipeline repair. Aqua Barrier® Water-Inflated Dams not only help with flood control but can save you time and money on your construction repair project, as well. Aqua Barriers® can be set up in specific formations depending on your water leaks or damage results. Partial block formation, complete enclosure formation, or canal block formation are a few ways you can set up your Aqua Barrier® to permanently repair or replace your pipeline.
Repair water lines cost-effectively with Aqua-Barrier Water-Inflated Dams. They have a worldwide reputation for safety, strength, versatility are easy to install and are eco-friendly. Inflatable dams are perfect for damage control and dewatering needs. They come in multiple sizes to fit all your dewatering needs.
The Right Tools for Pipeline Repair
To ensure a safe and cost-effective answer to pipeline repair and your dewatering needs, you need to have the right tool. An inflatable water dam is your solution and has a proven success rate for numerous projects. Other tools will also help keep your repair project time down. For example, an Insta-Tank™ for water storage, proper lighting, and other necessary tools help cut down on time and keep everyone safe.
An Efficient Dewatering Plan
It is best to draw up and stick to an efficient dewatering plan when heading into a pipeline repair. Keep safety in mind, use the proper tools and dewater wisely to ensure pipeline repair success.
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Construction projects have a significant impact on the world’s environment. In fact, every aspect of construction has some measurable impact–from mining processes used for materials, to the waste produced by the project and how it is disposed of. It is important to understand and take initiative to decrease the environmental impact of construction projects which harm the water, ground, and air we breath.
Limit the Environmental Impact of Construction
Construction contributes to environmental damage both on a global scale, as well as locally. It is important to learn what impact construction causes in order to scale back damage. Here are five ways to help limit environmental impact during your construction project.
1) Limit Fuel Usage
Construction firm’s biggest negative impact on the environment is caused by the burning of fossil fuels, like gas and diesel. Every construction project results in these gas emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other waste products that pollute the air and are believed to contribute to global warming. In order to limit fuel usage:
- Minimize haul distances
- Reduce vehicle idling time
- Use greener, alternative fuel sources
- Use hybrid equipment
By striving to limit your construction project’s fuel usage, you can help decrease negative emission and pollutants and improve air quality.
2) Reduce Noise
Construction noise is a major source of noise pollution. Most of this noise is produced by machinery in site preparation, demolition, and landscaping. Many construction sites are located near homes and businesses and can noise complaints might be likely. Be sure, when beginning a construction project, to be considerate and adhere to any local construction time restrictions. Many people might not appreciate work and loud construction noises beginning at six A.M. on a Saturday. Another good idea is to send a letter to neighbors before beginning work to alert them to how long the project will last and what to expect.
3) Properly Dispose of Waste
In 2014, there was over 534 million tons of construction material waste in the United States. Demolition waste makes up 90% of total debris, and much of this waste is disposed of in landfills or through incineration. Both these methods harm the environment. By salvaging, reusing and recycling existing materials, you can cut down on materials harming our precious earth. Hardware, appliances, and fixtures can be recycled or reused. These can be used on future projects or donated to those who need them. Brick and concrete can be recycled and used as fill or driveway bedding, and metals and wood are valuable commodities that can be recycled.
4) Utilize Reusable Technology
There are a lot of green building options that help you decrease a negative environmental impact. For example, inflatable water dams help combat erosion, water runoff, and prevents sedimentation. While sandbags and traditional dewatering solutions are costly and time-consuming, inflatable water dams are reusable and take up little space. They are easier to install and environmentally friendly by using existing water already on your worksite.
5) Expedite Your Project
By accelerating your construction project, you reduce traffic disturbances and also reduce associated emissions and fuel costs. Establish firm completion goals and implement these measures to stay on track. Expediting the construction process helps reduce noise pollution, as well as cutting back on traffic duration and improves safety zones.
Decrease Your Environmental Impact
There are numerous ways to decrease the negative environmental impact on your construction project. By utilizing green and reusable technology, keeping project length to a minimum, limiting fuel use, along with other suggestions listed, you are sure to make a difference in the impact of the environment.
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Erosion is one of the top issues facing the construction industry today. The Department of Agriculture estimates one billion tons of topsoil are lost each year due to erosion. This issue not only causes topsoil to be displaced, but it also is the culprit for clogging waterways and damaging adjacent properties.
Erosion can be caused by many variables and each situation will most likely have a different solution. Here are seven ways to help prevent erosion on your next construction project.
1) Observe the Site
When starting a new project, it is imperative to observe the site’s slopes for any potential problems. Also, take a look at any adjacent sites to see how your project will affect that area, as well. It is ideal if you can observe the site while it is raining in order to plan accordingly.
2) Divert or Slow the Water
Water and wind are the main offenders when it comes to erosion. Before beginning construction, come up with a plan to divert or slow the movement of water. Controlling runoff waters effectively will reduce erosions and sediment issues on your construction site.
3) Don’t Disturb
Disturb the area as little as possible. Only excavate a small section at a time to reduce the risk of remediation. Even though it may take a little more time, the potential costs of erosion could end up costing you more in the long run.
4) Ground Covers
As soon as excavation is complete, it is essential to create a ground cover to help minimize erosion. The faster you can get your ground cover growing, the less erosion is possible. Check with the landscaper to see about any specified seed species to use. If seeding is not an option, plastic sheeting is helpful in shielding the soil from rain and wind. Plastic sheeting is only effective in small areas, however, and can do more damage if used in large areas.
5) Mobile Grinders & Chippers
If you are removing trees from the construction site, bring a mobile grinder or chipper to make mulch. This ground-up material works wonders as an erosion aide. This material can also be used for temporary roads and ground cover. You can use this mulch for slope stabilization or save it to blend with the soil for landscaping towards the end of the project.
6) Sediment Control
Sediment is the soil which is dislodged by water flow. Once the sediment is in fluid motion, it becomes difficult to collect and further exasperates erosion. Silt fencing, filter socks, and straw wattles are all commonly used to catch and control sediment. These control methods are not designed to handle high water pressure, so do not install them across waterways, ditches, or other areas of concentrated water flow.
7) Inflatable Dams
More and more contractors are turning to inflatable water dams for dewatering needs and erosion control. They are cost effective and cheaper than traditional methods of sandbags and earthen dams. They are easy to install in both moving and still water and conforms to the boundary of any site, providing a seal that prevents the passage of water on your worksite.
In fact, federal regulations and other applicable laws require you to have an erosion control plan to prevent soil and water from affecting other areas and bodies of water.
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Worker safety is critical to running a successful construction operation. Beyond regulatory compliance, your workers are a critical component of each project completion. Their skills, morale, and well-being play a major role in the quality and efficiency of your final product.
Construction Safety – The Basics
While safety in construction covers a range of topics, there are a few essential areas to consider. Your baseline for employee and worker safety is the regulations and safety guidelines lined out by OSHA and all other regulatory agencies. This is a minimum, however, and does not guarantee maximum safety for your workers. To achieve maximum safety, it will take a little more research and preparation. Get started with the following quick guide:
1) Tool Maintenance
Incidents with tools are a common source of worker injuries. Worn and broken tools eventually fail, causing serious and sometimes fatal injury. Implement and maintain a tool maintenance schedule which includes regular inspections. That way, you will find problematic tools as early on as possible. Repair or replace all worn and broken tools immediately.
2) Heavy Equipment
Getting on and off heavy equipment is another common source of worker injury. Make sure your workers are wearing proper footwear and gloves with high grip when using heavy equipment. Train them to check their boots and gloves before climbing and to clean off the mud. Look for the largest size holds for both hands and feet. If needed, use a step ladder. Don’t carry anything while climbing.
3) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Make sure all your workers have and use all appropriate personal protective equipment. Back braces for lifting heavy objects, protective eyewear, gloves, appropriate footwear, and safety harnesses are all essential to keep on hand for each worker according to the jobs and tasks they perform.
4) Safe Loading and Unloading
Loading and unloading heavy equipment and other items is another common cause of serious worker injury. Injuries from equipment rolling over and improper lifting techniques occur frequently. Use straight ramps cleared off all objects and debris. Always leave sufficient space between the equipment and all workers in case of emergency. Train your workers in proper loading and unloading procedures to lessen the chance for serious injury.
5) Construction in Water
Construction in water presents many opportunities for danger and injury. Ensure all your workers are equipped with proper tools, safety gear, and hazard training. Consider using an inflatable bladder dam as your dewatering solution to maximize safety and efficiency.
Construction safety is essential for numerous reasons. At the end of the day, you are required by law to meet all regulatory safety requirements. Beyond that, however, when your workers feel safe, morale is higher, productivity is increased, and overall output is generally of higher quality. Safety must remain priority #1 Give your workers the best chance of success by providing, the safest, most productive environment possible.
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Many industries experience different business cycles and construction is no different. As the temperatures begin to dip into the holiday months, construction projects tend to slow down. It’s important to make the most out of these slower months, however. It’s a great time to get ready for the new year.
Winter in Construction: Keeping it Hot Even When It’s Cold Out
Your major outdoor projects may be slowing down as the temperatures drop, but that doesn’t mean you need to. Take advantage of these slower months and focus on keeping your business moving forward. Get started with the following guide:
1) Look for Indoor Jobs
Interior remodeling is popular during the winter months. Focus on “interiorscaping” with things like painting, flooring, cabinetry, and lighting. Winter is especially ideal for interior painting in areas where it’s still warm enough to keep the windows open. Paint does well in cooler weather in places like the south. Be sure to involve your customers in their indoor renovations. If business is a bit slower, it’s a great time to give each project a little special attention and focus on your client relationships.
2) Hold Classes and Events
You can also use the slower months to enhance your image and credibility by hosting classes and events to share your professional knowledge and experience. The classes and events could supplement your winter income AND bring you new referrals and clientele. Look into teaching a class at a local college or for industry newcomers. Hold an event to educate consumers about popular DIY projects. Plan some open houses for consumers, brokers, and agents. And finally, attend local networking events.
3) Check In With Past Customers
Your biggest opportunity lies within your existing clientele. Your reputation is already established and your past customers know you and your work. Review your records and look for opportunities for new work. For example, maybe you updated a kitchen or bathroom over the summer, and they could use new lighting or cabinets this winter. Don’t forget to ask your satisfied customers for referrals, testimonials, and positive reviews online.
4) Meet With Your Accountant
As many people, you may only think of your accountant around tax time or concerning tax issues. For this reason, they are often an extremely underutilized resource, as their knowledge covers many other areas beyond taxes. Winter is the perfect time to let your accountant analyze and streamline other areas in your business. Work with your accountant to cut unnecessary expenses and build in a financial cushion for your business. Analyze trends in your data to develop goals and action plans for the new year. Assess the current value of your business and explore options to increase your value. Your accountant is capable of even more than this. Schedule a meeting to simply go over all the ways he or she could benefit your business and determine where you want to begin.
5) Offer Seasonal Discounts
Seasonal discounts are a cultural expectation clients always look forward to. They’re a great way to reward existing and previous clients while attracting new customers. Be careful to not let discounts and specials eat away all of your winter profits. Add some urgency to your advertising. Let consumers know it’s a limited time offer they may miss if they don’t act soon.
6) Focus on Marketing
Your busiest months likely push marketing way off your radar. When business slows, however, it’s a great time to refocus your marketing to help line up business for the new year. Focus on increasing and enhancing your social media presence and refreshing or updating all your existing pages. Winter is a great time to develop an email marketing strategy like a monthly newsletter for the new year. Run ads in all your local media outlets. Focus on gathering testimonials and reviews for your website and social media pages.
7) Catch Up on Maintenance
It’s hard to stay on top of equipment and tool maintenance and repairs during your busy months. It’s easy for things to slip in the cracks. Take some time during the winter months to catch up on all your routine maintenance. Examine all your equipment and tools and look for items that need to be replaced or repaired. When all your existing equipment is taken care of, evaluate the equipment needs for the upcoming year. If you’re in an area with heavy snowfall, consider investing in an inflatable bladder dam to protect your equipment and job sites from snowmelt flooding.
Don’t Let the Cooler Weather Slow You Down
No matter what industry you’re in, it’s vital to your continued success to make the most of your time. This is especially true in the construction industry when it comes to the winter months. Don’t let the slowing projects slow your business down. Get started making the most of your time with this winter construction guide.
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November is almost upon us again and that means winter weather is on its way. The general forecast for this winter is much colder than our previous winter but no colder than usual. Much of the northern US will see milder than normal temperatures while most of the South and West will be a bit cooler than normal.
Winter Weather Predictions for November 2017 through March 2018
It’s good to be prepared for the coming winter season. Whether in construction, oil pipeline work, or in your personal life, it’s good to have an idea of what to expect.
Cold and Snowy Winter for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
Winter this year for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic is expected to be quite a bit colder than last winter, but not any colder than usual. Temperatures in the northern US are expected to be milder than average while the south and west will be mostly cooler. The precipitation levels will be above normal. Snowfall in portions of the Northeast, Intermountain region, central Plains, central Great Lakes, and eastern Tennessee to New Mexico are expected to be above normal yielding a good ski season for the Northeast.
Frigid and Dry for the Northern Plains
The Northern Plains will experience regular sub-zero levels, at times plummeting as low as -30 degrees F in the Dakotas. The recent drought trend in this region is expected to continue. States in this region will experience significantly less snowfall and overall drier conditions.
Both Dry and Cold in the Upper Midwest
Ranging eastward into the Midwest the weather is expected to remain both dry and cold. The eastern Corn Belt should experience more snow and ice than normal.
Severe in the Southeast, Tennessee Valley
Florida and Georgia will experience above normal temperatures, while Florida will be mostly dry. The Tennessee Valley into northeast Texas will see colder weather and some ice storms with increased tornado activity in February.
Snowfall in Northwest, Rockies
The Northwest and Rockies will receive abundant precipitation. La Niña is expected to be weak this year, so winter storms in the north are expected to be mild. However, snowfall is expected to be above normal.
Temperatures Up and Down for the Southern Plains
Some areas, such as Southwest Texas, will experience above normal temperatures while others will enjoy cooler temperatures. Expect freezes in late January along with dry periods and stormy weather. Storms expected in Northwest and Southwest Texas, but not more than normal.
Mildly Snowy and Wet in California, the Southwest
Central and northern California expected to be mildly snowy and wet. The Southwest is expected to see temperatures in the 90’s in early 2018.
El Niño Unlikely
There are currently no active patterns for El Niño or La Niña for this winter. This typically means we can expect neutral conditions in the Northern Hemisphere.
Snowmelt Flooding: Winter’s Last Hazard
If you’re in an area with typically heavy snowfall, as the temperatures begin to rise again a common dangerous occurrence is snowmelt flooding. As the snow melts, the ground is too saturated to absorb any more and it begins to run back to the streams, rivers, and lakes. However, the excess water causes flooding. Protect your property and job sites now by investing in an inflatable bladder dam.
Preparing for Winter
Whether your personal property or construction job sites, it’s important to take measures to prepare for the winter weather. Use this guide to this year’s winter weather predictions to get started. Be safe and keep warm.
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