Hydrological Solutions is proud to announce we have rebranded as HSI Services, Inc! With over 20 years of experience behind us, we offer water management expertise for various industries. More than a simple name change, we are excited to provide you our streamlined services and new products. HSI Services is ready to help with all your flood protection and dewatering needs.
About HSI Services, Inc.
HSI Services is dedicated to supporting our clients in achieving their objectives. We strive to provide the highest quality products and client services. We are committed to ongoing research and development to improve our existing products and develop new products to serve our client’s needs. Our objective is to offer the safest, most effective temporary cofferdams and flood barriers available to the industries we service.
We have made our Aqua-Barrier Cofferdams and Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP) even better with key enhancements and upgrades. In addition, we now also offer various other products and accessories to fully equip you for all your water management needs.
1) Improved Products
Our temporary cofferdams now feature a stronger, heavier fabric. We have also instituted superior quality assurance equipment to refine our material testing process. Our repair process has also been evaluated and improved.
2) Regional Equipment Rental
Check out our new regional equipment rental service featuring items such as water pumps, air compressors, light stands, and blast pots. These products make HSI Services your one-stop shop for dewatering and flood protection.
You can also now find accessory features with us such as floatable fittings, reflective safety strips, and patented lifting loops. Your safety is important to us, so we offer the tools you need to get the job done right.
Our inflatable cofferdams remain the best in the market. We only use the highest quality materials, and all our products are reusable. For the best dewatering and flood protection solutions, choose HSI Services.
At HSI Services, our goal is to continually improve our quality and increase the value we bring you. We strive for innovation, finding effective and cost-efficient ways to solve problems. We are excited to continue giving you the best products and services in water management and making your job easier, faster, and better.
To learn more about our temporary cofferdams and rental equipment, Contact Us.
As your kids try to squeeze every last bit of fun they can out of the summer days, you’re getting ready for the fall. School starts along with the holiday business season. There’s so much to plan, schedule, and organize, it’s enough to make your head swim. Slow down! Take a moment to recharge and refresh your mind and body before it all begins. While you’re at it, take a lesson or two from your kids.
5 Lessons for Business Owners as Kids Go Back to School
Being an adult, and a business owner at that is full of never-ending work and stress. There are never enough hours in a day, days in a week, or weeks in the year for the work that needs to be done. You’re perpetually swamped, and it’s easy to lock into your weekly routine and forget some of the important things in life. Consider the following 5 lessons we can all learn from kids:
1) Laugh! Often.
Kids love to laugh! So much so, they’ll often laugh when nothing is really all that funny. Laughter, as it turns out, truly is good for the soul. It reduces the levels of stress hormones in your body immediately while also increasing the production of serotonin and endorphins which reduce the effects of stress.
Put simply, it reduces stress and the effects of stress in your body very quickly. Laughing often is good for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. And people are drawn to people who laugh and smile often.
2) Make Time for Play
Play is always mission #1 for kids. When deciding on what they want to do, they’re constantly assessing the fun factor. Play is even how they initially learn. Kids love to play, and they’re very good at it. For most adults, however, play is often seen as unproductive, irresponsible, and a waste of time.
While too much of anything can become all of those things, adults need play too! It’s vital for creativity and solving problems. It exercises your brain in ways nothing else can. It’s also central to relationships. In other words, play builds stronger teams.
3) Try Something New
Kids are always discovering the world. Everything is new until they encounter it for the first time. They’re accustomed to learning and growing and trying new things. As an adult and business owner, you also need to keep growing and learning to keep your edge. One way to keep your brain engaged and growing is to keep trying new things. Find something you’ve never done but always wanted to try and do it! Find something you’ve never even thought about trying and give it a go. Give your brain something new to process. Do it as often as you can.
4) Be Social
The best part of the school day is always the lunch hour and any other random free moments to socialize. As humans, we are social creatures and need community and friendship. We need to be connected to others and we need conversation. Kids do it automatically, every chance they get. It’s easy for adults to neglect this much-needed part of life.
Find a way to have regular social time with other adults. Find a tennis partner. Join a bible study. Start a poker night with your friends. Find or create opportunities for regular social interaction. You need it. Everyone needs it.
5) Dream Big
Kids dream big dreams about life. They aren’t afraid to dream bigger than themselves. They don’t know and don’t care about what’s possible or probable. Kids just dream. Dreaming is good for everyone. Something happens to us as we become adults, however. Somewhere along the way, we lose our ability to dream big dreams with reckless abandon. Reality sets in. We know too much. We know how life “works”.
It’s the biggest dreams, however, that bring the biggest and best realities to fruition. It’s far better to dream bigger than you know is possible and achieve half of it, than planning for the “possible” and accomplishing all or a part of it. When the dream is big enough, people will rise to the occasion and accomplish the impossible. Try it.
Let the Kid in You Come Out!
As you prepare for your end of year cycle and your kids go back to school, don’t forget to let the kid in you come out. Laugh often, make time for play, try something new, be social, and don’t forget to dream big! We are also still in hurricane season, so make sure you and your business is prepared for possible inclement weather scenarios.
Hydrological Solutions is your source for innovative dewatering and flood protection solutions. Contact Us to learn more about inflatable bladder dams and other products and resources.
As 2016 quickly draws to a close, we’d like to take a moment to pause and reflect on the year behind us as we look forward to the new year with much anticipation for what still lies ahead.
We had a great year at Hydrological Solutions! Here are a few highlights from 2016:
Aqua-Barrier® Continues to Drive Success in Many Industries.
In 2016, many industries continued to turn to the Aqua-Barrier® system as their go-to dewatering solution for various projects. Because the Aqua-Barrier® is customizable, it is ideal for anything from boat ramp construction to pipeline repair to shoreline restoration and more!
A viral video shows our WIPP® flood barrier system being used to combat the rising Texas flood waters in Ft. Bend County this summer. Although these property owners were a little late getting the WIPP® installed, the beauty of this system is that it didn’t matter. The Water Inflated Property Protector was quickly installed after the flooding had already begun, minimizing the damage to the home.
In October, Hydrological Solutions celebrated our 20th birthday! Over the last 20 years, we have seen great success with our two most popular products: the Aqua-Barrier® and the WIPP® system. In 2016, we were awarded a new patent for our unique lifting loop accessory (US Patent Number 9353496.) We strive to provide you with the most innovative, environmentally friendly hydrological solutions as we continue to look forward to future opportunities for innovation and growth.
We would like to thank all of our wonderful customers and vendors for your continued support. We are excited to have been able to help you with your 2016 project goals and look forward to being a part of your even bigger and more prosperous 2017!
This month, Hydrological Solutions, Inc. is celebrating 20 years of business success and we want to thank you for helping us make it happen.
The company first opened its doors in October 1996 when owner Darren Miller invented the patented baffle system (US Patent Number 5865564) used in the design of our water-inflated barriers. Darren started the business in his own home after designing the concept. Several years were spent in the development of the product as Darren worked closely with an engineer to provide a safe and effective way to control water. The barriers became popular throughout the United States as well as internationally for dewatering and flood control in the construction industry.
Springboard to Our Success
Most of Hydrological Solution’s success can be accredited to providing water-inflated cofferdams to the pipeline and construction industry. Our temporary cofferdam, the Aqua-Barrier®, has been a go-to solution for construction sites that are in need of dry land to complete their project. The Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam offers a unique physical barrier against invasive waters, helping to dewater and withstand major water pressure throughout pipeline construction projects, shoreline restoration, and many others.
A Well-Represented Company of Growth and Innovation
With the growth of the company over the years, we have expanded our product line to include tools for flood protection, above ground water storage, spill containment, and water-filled anchors. Next to the water-inflated cofferdam, our WIPP® system (Water Inflated Property Protector) is one of our most popular products. Used for flood protection, the WIPP® has helped many residential and commercial areas avoid water damage to their properties.
We currently have 8 distributors representing over 50 countries around the world. However, rest assured that all barriers are still continuously created in our Texas plant where the Owner and President can oversee quality control.
This year, we were awarded a new patent (US Patent Number 9353496) for our unique lifting loop accessory. The patent focuses on the method of installing a fluid fillable barrier into flowing water, solving foregoing problems and achieving a technological advancement.
A Note from Darren
With 20 years and 2 patents under our belt, we look forward to future opportunities and company growth. I am thankful to the many employees, distributors, and of course, those in the construction industry who have helped to bring about the success of Hydrological Solutions. Our passion for providing our clients with the highest quality products and services has given us the opportunity to work with amazing and dedicated clients.
With hurricane season upon us, it is time to start preparing your disaster recovery plans just in case a storm decides to head your way. While every storm has its own risks, not every hurricane requires the same level of planning. You need to adjust your disaster plans around the strength of the storm.
We measure hurricane strength with the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, a 1-5 categorization that tracks wind speeds. However, do not be fooled by this. Hurricanes bring more than just wind, and to properly prepare for them you must understand how these other aspects of the storms will affect your business.
Category 1 Hurricane
When the winds reach 74 miles per hour, a rotating storm becomes a hurricane. If the sustained winds stay under 96 miles per hour, the storm gets the Category 1 label. Category 1 storms bring minor damage and flooding risks to property, people, and animals. Most protected glass remains intact in these storms. If you have a good back-up generator, you can even continue doing business the day after the storm passes. Otherwise, you might have to deal with an occasional power outage that could last for several days. Hurricane Dolly from 2008 was a Category 1 hurricane.
Category 2 Moderate Hurricane
At 96 miles per hour, the storm is now category 2, and it will stay that way until it tops 100 mph. The winds are now strong enough to both damage to property and injure people. You should pan for flooding in low-lying areas as well. The power outages can last for a few days or a few weeks. You can expect to have to close your business during that time. Hurricane Frances of 2004 was a Category 2 storm.
Category 3 Major Hurricane
Category 3 hurricanes have winds anywhere before 111 and 130 miles per hour and are considered major storms. These storms present significant risks to both life and property – even sturdy buildings. Roads may get blocked, while electricity and water could be unusable for days if not weeks. Flood waters can extend far inland as well. 2004’s Hurricane Ivan was a Category 3 hurricane.
Category 4 Major Hurricane
Category 4 hurricane winds range from 131 to 155 miles per hour. These storms bring catastrophic damage to both life and property, and will require major planning to keep your business running after the storms hit. These storms can rip off roofs and shatter exterior walls, topple trees, and cause massive flooding that can leave an area uninhabitable for weeks or months. Hurricane Charley from 2004 had Category 4 winds.
Category 5 Major Hurricane
Hurricanes do not get worse than category 5. These monster storms, with winds of 155 mph, are why you have disaster recovery plans in the first place. Expect your office building or factory to not exist after one of these storms hit as they often bring total wall roof failure and collapse. Your area could be render uninhabitable for months as well. Hurricane Katrina from 2005 was a Category 5 storm.
The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season is upon us, and things are already not looking good. We already had a named storm in January, Hurricane Alex, and the main season looks like it will be average to above average in severity. While the impacts from the year’s El Nino and La Nina are still up for debate, most experts agree that the 2016 hurricane season will be as active as 2012.
The official start of the 2016 season is June 1 and runs through November 30. In other words, the season is quickly approaching. The experts do not know when these storms will come. All they know is that the hurricanes will happen. They do not even know how strong the storms will get once they hit the coastline. Thus, you must take some precaution and prepare for the coming season. Fortunately, you can use the following predictions to make the appropriate adjustments to your disaster recovery plan.
2016 Hurricane Season as Strong as 2012
It all comes down to what the El Nino and La Nina conditions out in the Pacific are doing. Normally, El Nino kills hurricanes, but, with El Nino weakening, that could change this year. No one really knows how long the transition to La Nina will take, making predictions for more than a week or two questionable at best. However, data from the past six years with similar conditions make mostweather scientists agree to the following predictions:
50 percent chance of a major storm hitting the U.S. coast
30percent chance that a major storm will hit the East Coast
29 percent chance for a major storm to hit the Gulf Coast
57 percent chance for a tropical storm to hit the Gulf Coast
41 percent chance that a Category 1 or 2 storm will hit the Gulf Coast
These numbers tell us that the Gulf Coast will get hit by a hurricane this year.We do not know when the storm will hit, but we can look at the predicted storm numbers to get an idea of how many storms will head our way.
While there is no link between the number of storms and the number of landfalls, higher storm numbers make landfall more likely than not. These predictions say we are coming out of the quiet period that reigned for the last couple of years, and you can expect at least one storm hitting the coast somewhere. However, 2016 could still turn out like 2010 which produced 19 storms that never made landfall. The only thing you can do is to prepare yourself and your business for the worse case scenarios and hope you never have to use those plans.
2016 Hurricane Names
Either way, the transition from El Nino to La Nina could change everything. The experts do not know when the change will occur, but they do know it will occur during the hurricane season. This is why you need to pay attention whenever the following storm names start trending this year.
Since Hurricane Alex had already formed in January, you could say we entered the 2016 hurricane season early. With the main hurricane season just days away, a new hurricane could pop up as soon as tomorrow or as late as a few weeks from now, and there is already a disturbance out in the Atlantic Ocean. These storms can strike with little warning if you are not prepared for them.
To learn how to prepare for the impending season, follow our blog for tips and strategies that will keep your business operating and homes protected from whatever nature decides to throw our way.