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Dewatering Precautions for Your Construction Site

Dewatering Precautions for Your Construction Site

Dewatering Precautions for Your Construction Site

Dewatering your construction site is faster and easier than expected when using the Aqua-Barrier water-filled cofferdams. Aqua-Barriers use less equipment and manpower to install than conventional cofferdam methods, saving you time and money on your next probject!

As a construction professional, you already recognize the importance of dewatering a construction site for your own safety as well as for your workers’ safety. But dewatering is a complex process. Do you know what to do before you even get started and how to handle potential dangers during the process? Let’s look at these important points for your next project.

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Know the Local Regulations

Some regions enforce strict regulations on construction waste or conduct, while others are more relaxed. Never assume you know the local rules regarding what you can and cannot do. It never hurts to double-check local guidelines and make sure you’re in full legal compliance. Save yourself some fines later.

Watch the Landscape

As you begin the dewatering process, keep an eye on the surrounding environment. Is the moving water causing rapid erosion? Is it raining and thus slowing down the whole process? If you notice anything that may be hindering your dewatering efforts, discontinue the job and wait for conditions to improve. A quick job is not worth the potentially huge safety risk.

Pro Tip: When it’s time to empty your Aqua-Barrier, simply drain the water back into the area it came from. No post-construction restoration is needed!

Diligent Dewatering Methods

Dewatering is a relatively straightforward process. However, it’s not a job to be approached lightly. You should always research your obligations as a construction supervisor and survey your local environment before work begins. Don’t let yourself get in legal trouble or put your worksite in danger.

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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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How an Inflatable Cofferdam Can Reduce Your Project’s Environmental Impact

How an Inflatable Cofferdam Can Reduce Your Project’s Environmental Impact

Anyone in the construction industry knows the impact a project can have on the surrounding environment. Between waste, energy consumption, and more, construction jobs aren’t always the most environmentally friendly.

Fortunately, there are multiple ways construction crews can keep their environmental impact to a minimum. A few simple steps include efficient energy usage, time optimization, and taking advantage of reusable equipment. As one of the most durable and important pieces of reusable equipment to a construction crew, the Aqua-Barrier is perhaps one of your best resources for reducing the environmental impact of construction projects.

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Waste Reduction from Dewatering

Dewatering a construction site involves removing water from the worksite and holding the rest of the water back with a barrier. The go-to barrier for several years has been sandbags or similar materials, but these common water barrier construction materials produce a good amount of waste. Sandbags in particular must be disposed of as hazardous waste since the crew has no way of knowing what they came into contact with in the water. An Aqua-Barrier, a fully reusable way to keep water out of the construction site, eliminates the problem of waste altogether. When the project is done, just roll the tube back up!

Pro Tip: Use the Aqua-Barrier as many times as you want! As long as you keep it well-maintained, an inflatable cofferdam is fully reusable.

Use the Water That’s Already There

An Aqua-Barrier lets your construction crew get right to work by taking advantage of the water already surrounding the worksite. By inflating the barrier full of the nearby water, the crew uses the environment to help with their project. Best of all, once the project is complete, the water can simply be drained back to its original spot. 

Conforms to the Environment

Finally, an inflatable cofferdam is designed to be compatible with any work environment for minimal damage to the cofferdam itself as well as the surrounding area. Not only does the inflatable cofferdam create a watertight seal that ensures no water gets in the crew’s way, but it also eliminates the need to clear out a space for a barrier and potentially damage the environment. The Aqua-Barrier works perfectly with most outdoor settings.

Reduce Your Construction’s Environmental Impact

There’s no way to completely eliminate your impact on the environment around your construction site, but with a little care and planning, you can reduce the damage your work leaves behind. One simple and hugely beneficial way to reduce waste is to invest in a reusable Aqua-Barrier for your next dewatering project. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also be happy with your efforts to leave the environment undamaged.

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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.