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The Best Dewatering Solution for Pipeline Construction

The Best Dewatering Solution for Pipeline Construction

The Best Dewatering Solution for Pipeline Construction

Pipeline construction or repair presents its own unique set of challenges. This is particularly true if the pipe is underwater. To create a clean and safe workspace, your construction group has to completely dewater the area before work can begin.

The Aqua-Barrier, an inflatable bladder dam, presents a perfect solution for all your pipeline construction needs. It’s far more affordable than most dewatering solutions on the market today, in addition to requiring far less time to set up and tear down. Here’s how the Aqua-Barrier can make your pipeline construction project go faster.

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Quick Installation and Removal

Traditional cofferdams or other water barriers can take days to assemble and require additional time to remove the water. With an Aqua-Barrier, installation takes just a few hours. Better yet, the water you need to remove is stored inside the inflatable dam itself! Reduce both your time commitment and your environmental impact with an inflatable cofferdam.

Cost Efficiency

Most traditional dewatering methods or flood barriers are single-use. A traditional steel cofferdam in particular has to be completely disassembled and the materials hauled away once the project is complete. Fortunately, an Aqua-Barrier can be used multiple times. After the initial purchase, you shouldn’t need a new one for a long time! Just deflate it, roll it up, and head to the next job when your pipeline construction is complete.

Pro Tip: If your company currently uses traditional dewatering methods, plug them into this cost calculator to see how much money you could be saving with an Aqua-Barrier instead.

Works with Any Construction Site

A fully inflated Aqua-Barrier can hold back up to six feet of water and silt, making it the ideal choice for a high-water area. Additionally, the cofferdam’s scrim-reinforced PVC material is durable and tear resistant, preventing most leaks and making repairs simple. The Aqua-Barrier can survive almost any problem your construction site can throw at it!

A Great Choice for Your Construction Job

An inflatable cofferdam can save you money on your construction project and reduce the time spent on a job. Plus, the same barrier will last you for plenty more jobs in the future without major maintenance. What more could you ask for in an inflatable dam?

Connect with us to see the Aqua-Barrier in action and talk with our experts about dewatering procedures for your pipeline project.

3 Essentials for Dewatering Your Construction Site

3 Essentials for Dewatering Your Construction Site

Dewatering is critical, especially when you need to access an area that is submerged. It’s necessary to find a reputable solution both for the safety of the workers and the quality of the finished product. This Cofferdam Cost Calculator can help you find the most efficient and cost-effective dewatering solution for your construction site. Because of this, your company should choose only the absolute best dewatering systems and equipment.

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Which Dewatering Equipment is Best for Your Company?

As you shop for dewatering equipment, consider how much water you will need to move and how quickly you have to finish.  The answer may surprise you. Inflatable cofferdams are simple to install, cost less than other dewatering methods and are safe for use in natural bodies of water and swimming pools.

  1. Research the Market to Spend Less
  2. Shorter Installation Time
  3. Safe to Use in Man Made & Natural Dewatering Applications

1) Research the Market to Spend Less

Our water filled dams are three to five times less costly than traditional cofferdam methods. An inflatable cofferdam is also reusable, eliminating the need to spend valuable time and money constructing an expensive new cofferdam at every construction site.

Pro Tip: Inflatable cofferdams are quick to install, keeping downtime at a minimum.

2) Shorter Installation Time

Earthen or concrete cofferdams can take an entire workday to construct, not to mention the additional time spent pumping water out of the worksite. Meanwhile, inflatable cofferdams take less time to set up and allow your crew to get to work faster. Not only are they fast, but an inflatable cofferdam will also safely hold the water pumped out of the worksite, providing a strong, reliable barrier.

3) Safe to Use in Natural and Man-Made Dewatering Applications

Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdams are built to be safe in any type of construction zone. Their strong material allows them to support the weight of the water you need to remove. Rather than removing the water entirely, the Aqua-Barrier temporarily inflates with the water so you can complete construction. This ensures that any natural wildlife is not disturbed during your dewatering process. 

Preparing for Your Construction Project

Dewatering doesn’t have to be a costly challenge. With the right equipment, a dewatered construction site will be an easily accessible and safe place to work. Research both the site conditions and the dewatering techniques available to you to get started.

Curious about other dewatering methods? Join the conversation to speak with our high-quality inflatable cofferdam experts about the best dewatering solution for your project.

What is the Dewatering Process?

What is the Dewatering Process?

Construction dewatering is when groundwater or surface water needs to be removed from a construction site, and if you work in this field, you understand the importance of a dry worksite. Dewatering activities must be done properly to avoid eroding the soil on the construction site, therefore it is important to understand the dewatering process.  Does your next project require dewatering? Here are 3 things to consider before you start construction work. Click To Tweet

In order for a proper dewatering process to happen, it is important to take things into consideration. Dewatering precautions, methods and damage prevention need to be taken into account in order for your dewatering process and construction project go on without a hitch.

Dewatering Precautions

In order to get a dry worksite, it is imperative to take precautions. Some things to pay close attention to while dewatering is:

  • Water is not being pumped directly into slopes
  • Continue dewatering if the area is showing signs of instability or erosion
  • Avoid dewatering if there are or has been heavy rains
  • Never discharge water that has been contaminated with oil, grease, or other contaminants
  • Check local, state, and federal agencies for proper permits  

Dewatering Methods

There are several different dewatering methods, but it is best to use one that is perfect for a multitude of different dewatering projects, like the Aqua-Barrier Water Inflated Dam. The Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is an inflated, water-filled device essential for controlling surface water up to 6 feet deep. They are environmentally safer than traditional sandbags, they are reusable and provide for compact storage, transportation, and ease of handling.

Water Damage Prevention

When you’re removing water or lowering the groundwater level, the extraction of water alters the characteristics of the surrounding soil. You must be aware of how this change impacts your excavation. If this is not done properly, the resulting instability will cause problems for you and the owners of the surrounding property.  You also must be aware of and take responsibility for the safe relocation of the water.

ProTip: The Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam is the perfect way to ensure water is removed from a worksite without further damaging the work area.

The Importance of Proper Construction Dewatering

Having a proper construction dewatering plan is imperative to keeping your project on schedule and on budget. Construction dewatering can be very challenging and normally includes the removal, treatment, and discharge of groundwater and stormwater. Make sure you have a solid plan and the best tools for the job.

Join the conversation if you work in construction and want to learn more about the dewatering process.

Dewatering Tips for Construction Sites

Dewatering Tips for Construction Sites

If you work in construction, you know that dewatering is needed on nearly all projects. Water needs to be removed from these sites to create a safer work environment, help prevent erosion, and also protect the environment. Need to dewater your next project site? Consider these 4 dewatering tips prior to starting your next construction project. Click To Tweet

What Dewatering Tips Can Help Ensure a Successful Construction Project?

To ensure a successful construction project which requires dewatering, it is important to make sure you have a solid plan, safety training, and risk assessment plan. When you follow these four tips for dewatering, you can make sure everyone stays safe while you get the job done.

  1. Start With a Plan
  2. Factor in Risk Assessment
  3. Implement Safety Training
  4. Choose the Best Equipment

1) Always Have a Plan

Creating a solid plan is the first step in a successful dewatering project. This procedure plan should include procedure requirements, relevant laws and regulations, as well as the concept design, groundwater monitoring documents, and anything else required for the project.

2) Factor in Risk Assessment

Safety should always be a factor when it comes to a construction project, and especially when it comes to the dewatering process. A risk assessment will identify any existing or potential adverse effects to the environment or humans in the area or on the project.

ProTip: Risk identification and analysis are vital to keeping people, animals, and the environment safe when dewatering a construction site.

3) Implement Safety Training

With construction dewatering being riskier and more involved than a normal construction project, it is necessary to have a proper training plan in place and implemented in order to ensure the safety of those working on the site.

4) Choose the Best Equipment

For a successful dewatering project, it is important to use the best equipment for the job. 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.

Successful Dewatering for Construction Sites

By making and sticking to a solid checklist, keeping staff well-trained, and using the best tools for the project, dewatering can happen without a hitch. Monitoring your plan and staying in communication with all involved will make sure your construction dewatering project is successful and safe for all involved.

Join the conversation to learn more ways to successfully dewater your next construction site.

6 Reasons to Invest in Water Storage

6 Reasons to Invest in Water Storage

There are many instances where investing in water storage might benefit you. One of the most portable methods of storing water is to use an Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage system (formerly Insta-Tank). This durable and reusable storage system is lightweight, made from heavy-duty vinyl, and is perfect for storing fresh water. Need to repair your pool but don't want to lose all your water? Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage is the perfect way to store your water while completing the work. Click To Tweet

What Types of Projects Can Benefit From Water Storage?

When it comes to water, you don’t want it to go down the drain, whether you need to store grey water, conduct a pool repair, remove water from a disaster area, or just need a temporary water storage unit, the Aqua-Barrier® is the perfect solution for your job. Here are six instances where water storage can be beneficial.

  1. Grey Water Storage
  2. Pool Repair
  3. Irrigation
  4. Disaster Areas
  5. Temporary Water Storage

1) Grey Water Storage

Grey water is gently used water that comes from your sinks, tubs, showers, and washing machines. Sometimes, when repairs are needed, it is necessary to store this water. While greywater should never be released into streams, rivers, or lakes, it is perfect and beneficial to irrigate lawns with.

2) Pool Repair

Using water storage during a pool repair is the smart thing to do to help conserve water! Instead of letting all that clean, chlorinated water drain out down the street, store and reuse your water with the Aqua-Barrier® water storage system.

3) Irrigation Needs

Sometimes the weather doesn’t always cooperate, and if you are experiencing a long dry spell, sometimes irrigation is needed to help bring water to the land.

ProTip: Instead of installing a large and immovable silo or basin, the compact, portable, and rapidly deployed Aqua-Barrier® water storage is perfect for all irrigation needs.

4) Disaster Areas

When a disaster is heading your way, one of the most important things people run out to buy is water. Don’t waste money on bottles and bottles of water. The Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage can hold up to 90,000 gallons and can provide you with water through the duration of the disaster!

5) Temporary Water Storage

If you own a construction company, you know that many times projects require temporary dewatering. Whether you are working on a bridge, pipeline, or another repair, the perfect solution is to drain and store the water is through Aqua-Barrier®.

Aqua-Barrier®: The Smart Way to Store Water

If you are curious about or in need of water storage, be sure you are making the environmentally friendly choice with Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage. With its many size options, it can be used in truck transport or for ground installation.

Have an upcoming project that requires water storage? Join the conversation to learn more about water storage. 

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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