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Aqua-Barriers: The Next Big Thing in Flood Protection

Aqua-Barriers: The Next Big Thing in Flood Protection

Aqua-Barriers: The Next Big Thing in Flood Protection

There is one thing no one can escape, and that’s a natural disaster. Luckily, with today’s advancements in technology, we can more accurately predict where disasters are going to occur in nature and therefore be more prepared. This can be especially important when it comes to flooding and protecting your industrial or commercial business. Instead of using older techniques to protect your business, like sandbags, the Aqua Barrier®  is making waves and has become the next big thing in flood protection. If you are wondering how to protect your assets during a flood, here are 5 reasons why you need to consider an Aqua-Barrier Water Inflated Dam. Click To Tweet

Why Use an Aqua-Barrier to Protect from Flooding?

Not being protected during a flood can be devastating to your business. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of small businesses that close during a natural disaster (like flooding) won’t reopen again. With statistics like these, it is imperative to take the right precautions and know what to do after a flood occurs. An Aqua-Barrier can help protect your business or commercial property from flooding and here are five reasons how it can help protect during a natural flooding disaster:

  1. Easy Installation
  2. Prevent Invasive Waters
  3. Save Time and Money
  4. Eco-Friendly Alternative
  5. Versatile with Various Terrains

1) Easy Installation

The Aqua-Barrier®  is easy to install before a flood devastates the area and can cause damage. The inner baffle is filled with water, inflating the dam in minutes, creating a safe barrier around your workplace, industrial or construction site.

2) Prevent Invasive Water

Everyone knows how flood waters can damage valuable assets, but you can guard your business by placing the Aqua-Barrier®  around the premises. It is created to help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property.

3) Save Time and Money

Many people are used to using old-fashioned sandbags to prevent against flooding, but this takes time and manpower to carry and stack them around your property. Not only do they take time to place them, but they also take a  lot of time to remove them after the flood, as well.

ProTip: Using an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam saves time and manpower compared with using traditional sandbags for protecting your business from a flood.

4) Eco-Friendly Alternative

While sandbags require Hazmat procedures for disposal, the Aqua-Barrier can easily be deflated and stored for future use, making them the eco-friendly alternative to flood protection.

5) Versatile with Various Terrains

Another reason the Aqua-Barrier® is the next big thing in flood protection is it can successfully installed and used on many types of terrain. Depending on the dam need and size, your Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam can be inflated and working within two hours or less.

Flood Prevention and the Aqua-Barrier Inflated Water Dam

Always have your business be as prepared as possible when it comes to flooding. When you invest in an Aqua-Barrier® inflatable cofferdam, you can make sure to keep the water out and your business dry, making the Aqua-Barrier the essential tool for flood prevention.

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How to Plan for Long Term Flood Prevention

How to Plan for Long Term Flood Prevention

Weather can be very unpredictable, especially if you live in an area that is prone to flooding and other weather disasters. Floods are relatively common in coastal regions and it is important that you are ready and prepared in order to prevent any damage to your commercial property. In 2017 alone, damages from floods caused by Hurricane Harvey costs over $125 billion dollars in damage. Don’t let your business be destroyed by floods. Follow these simple tips to create a flood protection plan. Click To Tweet

Floods can cause extensive damage not only to your property but can also cause loss of business, a disruption of inventory and contents, too. It is imperative that you have a solid risk management plan, proper flood protection for your property, and you are prepared for the worst.

Risk Assessment Plan

Creating a risk assessment plan should be a top priority when it comes to your business. You never know when a flood will occur. Consider what needs to happen if there is flooding and get a plan of action in case employees are unable to make it to work. Likewise, consider what items, materials, and equipment might be at risk, as well, and how to best keep them safe during the flooding disaster.

Flood Protection

Flood protection is the number one thing to consider when it comes to keeping your business safe from flooding. Make sure to have adequate flood insurance to allow your company to recover if flood damage should occur. Have a flood plan in place in case the flooding happens during working hours, and make sure you have all the tools to help protect your business. For example, an Aqua-Barrier® Water-Inflated Dam is the perfect tool to help keep your business safe. Using Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam to guard your business by placing it around the premises will help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property.

ProTip: The Aqua-Barrier® is the ultimate flood barrier and way to keep your business safe in commercial areas.

Flood Preparedness

If you do not properly prepare for a flood beforehand, there is not much you can do once the flooding begins. Being prepared can help keep your assets and employees safe, and protect your business from the extreme damage floods are known to cause. Be sure to backup all documents and files offsite, store things off the ground and have a clear evacuation route planned that all employees are familiar with.

Proper Flood Protection

No matter where you are, your business might be affected by a flood risk. By planning and having the right flood protection in place, you can make sure that you are properly prepared and protected for rising flood waters.

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Cofferdam Options: Rent or Purchase?

Cofferdam Options: Rent or Purchase?

The Aqua-Barrier® Water-Inflated Dams are the most effective, cost-saving, and efficient dewatering solution on the market today. Cofferdams are reusable, reliable, and environmentally friendly. If your company is looking to make dewatering easier and wants to get away from time-consuming sandbags and other dewatering methods, an Aqua-Barrier cofferdam is the perfect solution.You might be wondering if you should you rent or purchase a cofferdam. Here are 3 helpful tips to help you decide which is best for your business. Click To Tweet

Should You Rent or Purchase an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam?

Both renting and purchasing an Aqua-Barrier Water-Inflated Dam are good options, but it’s best to choose the option that best suits your construction and dewatering needs.

  1. Cost Factors
  2. Frequent Flooding
  3. Construction Purposes

1) Cost Factors

There are advantages to both options, but when deciding between these them, the biggest factor should never be in regards to just the cost, but the frequency of the need should be the main deciding factor.

2) Frequent Flooding

Water-Inflated Dams are an essential tool for flood prevention and minimizing the damage of your businesses’ valuable property. If your business is in an area with frequent heavy rains and flooding, it might be a good choice to purchase your Aqua-Barrier cofferdam.

3) Construction Purposes

If you own a construction company, you know that dewatering is needed on nearly all construction projects. An Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is the ideal solution to creating the dry worksite needed for pipeline construction, bridge repairs, shoreline restoration, and other projects.

ProTip: Renting a cofferdam might be beneficial if you do not have a lot of work, but if you frequently need to dewater sites, you can easily save money and time by investing and purchasing a water-inflated dam.

Aqua-Barrier: The Smart Alternative

One thing is for certain, the Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is the perfect alternative to sheet piling and sandbags. They are environmentally friendly, as well as cost and time effective. Both renting and purchasing a cofferdam are good options, but if you find yourself having to rent as frequently as once a year, those costs tend to add up quickly.

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The Flood Recovery Guide For Businesses

The Flood Recovery Guide For Businesses

Being in the throes of hurricane season, it is vital to your business to plan ahead for floods and disasters. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of small businesses that closed during a natural disaster (like flooding) won’t reopen again. With statistics like these, it is imperative to take the right precautions and know what to do after a flood occurs.

Business Flood Recovery Guide

Every business is in jeopardy of experiencing a serious threat from flooding that can halt operations. This flood recovery guide can help you be ready for when a flood comes and affects your business. Click To Tweet

  1. Disaster Plan
  2. Risk Assessment
  3. IT Systems Back Up
  4. Recovery Resources
  5. Apply for Assistance

1) Disaster Plan

Every business needs to have a disaster plan–whether you are in a flood area or not. A good start is to list and document all necessary documents and information needed for your company to run. Make sure your list and plan include:

  • Staff emergency contact numbers
  • Lists of emergency services and contact numbers
  • List of supplier and their contacts
  • Operations and administration procedures
  • Asset inventories
  • IT inventories
  • Communication system specifications
  • Maintenance agreements
  • Insurance information

2) Risk Assessment

It is important to assess the risks of all components of the business. Not only is flooding a risk but other disasters, as well. Take into consideration environmental disasters, and also loss or disruption of utilities, system or equipment failures, security incidents, and other emergency situations. Be sure to include these emergency scenarios in your disaster plan and assess the steps needed for each to keep your business running and employees safe.

3) IT Systems Back Up

Your entire IT system needs to be properly backed up in case a flood (or any disaster) affects your business. Consider alternative business processing methods, as well as backing up essential equipment, administrative and operations information, and customer service files.

4) Recovery Resources

If your business is harmed by a flood or other natural disaster, there is a plethora of information and helpful resources available for assistance. Check with state and local government websites to see what they have available for recovery. FEMA, United Way, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Disaster Recovery website are just a few to get your recovery started.

5) Apply for Assistance

After you visit various recovery resources, it is a good idea to apply for disaster assistance. There is assistance available–but only if you apply. The Small Business Administration, various city organizations, as well as those listed above in recovery resources can help get your business back up and running again.

Flood Recovery: Be Prepared

Always have your business be as prepared as possible when it comes to flooding. Along with having a solid business recovery plan, and your systems backed up, take an extra step in precaution and invest in an Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdam to help keep water out and your business dry. The Aqua-Barrier is the essential tool for flood prevention at your establishment.

Contact us to learn more about our flood recovery guide and how you can keep your business safe from the next flood.

6 Aqua-Barrier® Facts That Might Surprise You

6 Aqua-Barrier® Facts That Might Surprise You

An Aqua-Barrier® is the essential tool when you are working on a dewatering project. These inflatable dams are used in a variety of jobs including the construction of boat ramps, bridges, dams, for concrete repair, pipeline construction and more. The Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is used for a multitude of jobs that require temporary water storage or dewatering solutions. Click To Tweet

Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam Facts

The Aqua-Barrier® inflatable cofferdam is an essential tool in many construction projects, but there are some interesting facts that many people aren’t aware of. Here are six Aqua-Barrier® facts that just might surprise you!

1) Withstand Invasive Waters

You know that cofferdams can help stop the flow of water, but did you know that they can actually withstand invasive flood waters? The pounding waves from floods can cause severe damage, but the internal baffle system locks into place, making the perfect barrier, even with the pressures of invasive water.

2) Easy to Install

One might think an inflatable dam might be difficult to install, but it’s quite the opposite! 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 home, workplace, or construction site.

3) Cost Effective

You might think that it would cost a bundle to use an Aqua-Barrier®, but it will actually save you 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 around 34 sandbags per foot. This cost adds up with the cost of materials along with the time and manpower used, too.

4) Eco-Friendly Alternative

An Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is the environmentally friendly alternative to other traditional dewatering and flood prevention methods. It is reusable and can easily be stored when not in use. It takes roughly 20 minutes to install and is also quick to put away.

5) Versatile Locations

One of the top reasons for using an Aqua-Barrier® inflatable dam is because it can successfully be installed and used on any type of terrain in any location. All that is typically needed is a pump and an abundance of water and it will be inflated and working in no time at all.

6) Stopping Wildfires

Not only do Aqua-Barrier® inflatable water dams help prevent flooding and erosion, they are also an ideal tool for stopping wildfires in drought-stricken areas. The inflatable dam can be filled and used as a water storage in areas where fires are expected.

Staying Dry with Inflated Cofferdams

A water inflated cofferdam is the most effective tool for protecting your business or your home. With it being so affordable and easy to install, it is the optimal choice when looking for dewatering solutions.

Contact us to learn more Aqua-Barrier® facts.

Types of Floods & How to Prepare

Types of Floods & How to Prepare

Flooding occurs when there is a temporary overflowing of water in areas that are typically dry. According to the Red Cross, floods are one of the most frequent and costly natural disasters in our country. Floods can occur in any U.S. state or territory and can leave behind destruction, and even death. Business owners should be aware that flooding can destroy both property and irreplaceable data. Click To Tweet

Various Type of Floods

You might not know this, but there are a number of different types of floods. It is important to learn the risks of each type of flood in order to properly prepare. Here are the five different kinds of floods that can affect you.

River Floods

If you live near a river, there is a chance that it will exceed its capacity. River, also known as fluvial flooding, is caused by an overabundance of rain, heavy snow, or ice jams. Flash floods can also cause river floods, which are highly destructive and dangerous due to the force of the water’s flow. Overbank flooding can occur in all streams and rivers and the overflow can affect smaller rivers downstream.

Coastal Floods

Coastal floods happen in coastal areas and are caused by higher than average tides, and worsened by heavy rains and winds. In coastal areas with lower elevation, coastal flooding has been known to occur multiple times a year.

Flash Floods

Flash floods occur when there has been excessive rainfall in a short period of time. They are typically characterized by torrents of heavy rain and can happen in a flash. They can happen in minutes or over a few hours of heavy rainfall. Flash floods usually occur in six hours or less.

Storm Surge

Storm surges are another type of coastal flooding that is caused by strong storms such as tropical storms or hurricanes. Storm surges are characterized by strong winds, heavy downpours, and low atmospheric pressure that can cause tides to swell by 30 feet or more, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

Inland Flooding

While coastal flooding happens along the coast, inland flooding happens, yes, you guessed it–inland. Inland flood risks can occur over several days of heavy rain, which causes the soil to become oversaturated and it can’t hold any more water. Rivers can also flood through inland flooding, putting life and property at risk.

Preparing for Different Types of Floods

Climate change models show that severe weather will continue, putting millions at risk of experiencing a flood. Understanding the different types of floods and learning which ones can affect you is the first step in preparing. Make sure to discuss with your family what to do in a flooding event, and also consider flood insurance. Another great way to protect your business is to invest in a WIPP®, or Water Inflated Property Protector.  A WIPP creates the ultimate flood barrier and prevents evasive water from damaging your property.

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