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A Quick and Easy Guide to Inflatable Bladder Dam Installation

A Quick and Easy Guide to Inflatable Bladder Dam Installation

A Quick and Easy Guide to Inflatable Bladder Dam Installation

Inflatable bladder dams are the essential tool when you need a dry worksite for your project. These environmentally safe alternatives to sandbags and classic cofferdams. They are ideal for flood prevention, and other dewatering projects, such as concrete repairs, boat ramp repair and installation, pipeline construction, pool maintenance, and more. One of the best things about these effective tools is how easy and quick inflatable bladder dam installation is! Click To Tweet

Easy Inflatable Bladder Dam Installation

An inflatable bladder dam can be used on all terrains and in every scenario you encounter.  Here are three worksite scenarios that are perfect for inflatable bladder dams, and how to install them.

  1. Inflatable dams for dry surface projects
  2. Bladder dams for static water worksites
  3. Inflatable bladder dams for projects with moving water

1) Inflatable Dams for Dry Surface Projects

When using an inflatable bladder dam for dry surface projects installation is simple! Just roll it out and inflate it! This method is usually used prior to severe weather to prevent flooding.

2) Bladder Dams for Static Water Worksites

Many times, there is non-moving or standing water on a site that needs removal. This is typical of boat ramp work, pipeline construction, and other construction projects. In this case, the bladder dam barriers are buoyant and will float on the water’s surface. Simply place the bladder dam at the water’s edge and then unroll the dam. Position it where you need it to be and then simply fill it.

3) Inflatable Bladder Dams for Projects with Moving Water

There are instances when water is moving on your worksite, as with bridge repairs. When this occurs, it’s necessary to position the barriers by controlling the ends with hydraulic equipment such as a track hoe or crane. You may also need to anchor at least one end of the bladder dam to the shoreline.

Advantages of Inflatable Bladder Dams

Because inflatable bladder dams can be installed 3 to 5 times faster than traditional methods, you might be wasting time and money by using outdated and timely methods such as sandbags or other cofferdams. If you are looking to streamline operations and prevent your team from hassles, an inflatable bladder dam is a perfect option for your construction and dewatering needs.

Contact us to learn more about how easy and simple an inflatable bladder dam installation really is.

*Please note: These descriptions aren’t intended to be comprehensive installation instructions. They are simplified to give you an overview of the process. Your inflatable cofferdam provider will give you comprehensive instructions.

A Faster Dewatering Solution for Pipeline Construction and Repair

A Faster Dewatering Solution for Pipeline Construction and Repair

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to dewater your worksite for pipeline construction and repair? It’s likely you have spent some time researching and are looking for the fastest dewatering solution available. Whether you are installing a pipeline underneath a body of water or building near the water, the success of your project depends on keeping your worksite dry.

Conventional Dewatering Methods

You may be relying on some of these more conventional methods that have been around for millennia:

  • Earthen dams
  • Sandbags
  • Sheet pile
  • Pumping

These methods have conventionally been relied on heavily to complete pipeline construction or repair projects requiring dewatering. While they have been successful for the most part, these methods do leave room for concern. Conventional methods have been known to be messy, with a negative impact on the environment. Many of them are often time-consuming to deploy, and cost-prohibitive – affecting your bottom line.

Quick and Efficient Dewatering for Pipeline Construction and Repair

Aqua Barrier® is different than any other dewatering solution on the market. It provides the fastest and most efficient dewatering solution for pipeline construction and repair. Here are just some of the reasons why:

  • Can Withstand High and Uneven Pressure
  • Eliminates the Need for Pumping or Sandbagging
  • Aqua Barrier® can be Installed in Less than 3 Hours
  • Comes in Various Sizes to Fit Any Size Project
  • Can be used on Slick Surfaces Using Steel Piping
  • Resistant to Cold Temperatures (See how the Frost Buster kept water inside of the barrier from freezing on this Minnesota pipeline repair)
  • And it’s Eco-Friendly!

Perhaps most importantly to project engineers and construction managers is the cost savings. This new dewatering solution has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on big construction projects. Savings come in both time and money which is crucial in the field of construction; a construction project using sheet piling costs over $41,000 versus less than $19,000 using the Aqua Barrier®. And when you’re finished, simply drain the barriers for quick removal.

Due to its versatility, many contractors choose to rent rather than purchase Aqua-Barriers® as different projects require different sizes.

Aqua Barrier® water-inflated cofferdams save potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in project costs and lots of time in man-hours. It offers the fastest install and removal of any dewatering method on the market. Contact Us for more information on using a water-inflated temporary cofferdam for your next pipeline construction or repair project.

Aqua-Barrier® Temporary Cofferdams – Quick Facts

Temporary Cofferdams for Pump ReplacementHow the Aqua-Barrier® Compares to Other Temporary Cofferdams

Safe and reliable:  The patented internal baffle provides the most stable and safe system on the market

Engineering: Aqua-Barriers are backed by engineering data (Master Spec, Engineer Stamp, Aqua comp Software)

Convenience: Manufacturing – Sales – Service – Repair … all in one place by a TEAM  that has almost 50 years of experience cumulatively

Versatile: restrain water, contain water, divert water, frac and hydra testing, flood protection, erosion control, turbidity — we have done it all !

Unique qualities: No other water inflated dam has a patented internal baffle. It is unique to Aqua-Barrier and Hydrological Solution’s products as are the fittings and accessories

Reusable:  Aqua-Barriers are designed for multiple uses and are infield repairable without replacement components

Labor reduction: The exclusive accessories – lifting loops / fill ports / drain ports / work in combination to reduce man-hours which results in savings during install and removal

World-Wide: Our products are sold world-wide and all are made in the USA

Service: our TEAM responds quickly to serve you with minimal wait time and that service does not end at POS – we are available throughout your project to give you the benefit of our experience and knowledge. 

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Our Aqua-Barrier® temporary cofferdams are best in class and work well for various industries.  Contact us to learn more about how our system can benefit your next dewatering project.

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5 Key Benefits of a Water Filled Cofferdam


5 Key Benefits of a Water Filled Cofferdam

5 Key Benefits of a Water Filled Cofferdam

Whether you are laying pipes in a river or lake bed, performing maintenance on an underwater structure, or building a bridge, dewatering the worksite is a must. Cofferdams are widely used for this purpose and come in many shapes and forms. Water filled cofferdams have become a popular choice in many industries due to the many benefits associated with this type of solution.

Why Choose a Water Filled Cofferdam?

If you have never used a water filled cofferdam before for your projects, you may be wondering how it is different and how it compares to using sandbags or other types of cofferdams.

Here are 5 Key Benefits of using a Water Filled Cofferdam for your Next Project:

ONE: Water filled cofferdams are easy to fill and quick to install.

This type of cofferdam solution goes up very quickly and easily because the water does all the work.

TWO: Fill material is available in abundance on site

Water is readily available on site so you never have to worry about carrying enough fill material with you to set it up.

THREE: Molds perfectly to physical environment

Water is pliable and flexible. When you fill the cofferdam, it forms to the river bed, lake bed, or other environment with no resistance.

FOUR: Forms airtight seal to prevent water escape

With sandbags and other materials, you run the risk of water escaping through the cracks. With a water-filled cofferdam, this risk is eliminated due to the nature of the seal that is formed when it is installed.

FIVE: Eco-friendly, no environmental footprint

Water filled cofferdams are reusable and have no environmental impact. Not only does this reduce product waste, but also saves money as they do not have to be replaced often.

At Hydrological Solutions, we are experts on water filled cofferdams. Our Aqua-Barriers® are built to help provide our customers the peace of mind they deserve when working in sensitive conditions. For more information about Aqua-Barriers® Cofferdam, please visit our FAQ. If you’re interested in our effective inflatable cofferdam solution, give us a call at 936-372-1222 or toll free at 800-245-0199. We look forward to hearing from you.


Dewatering: Keep Your Pipeline Construction Worksite Dry

Dewatering to keep a Pipeline Construction site dryPipeline construction projects involve a great deal of time, money and resources. Dedicated engineers, general contractors, project managers and construction crews work diligently to ensure the process is smooth and cost-effective.

However, construction sites located under water or in water logged areas present an interesting challenge. You have to keep the worksite dry in order to complete the project and ensure the safety of your team.

How do you Keep an Underwater Worksite dry?

A worksite that runs under a lake or other area of water will require dewatering to prepare the site before work can begin. Dewatering removes ground or surface water and has traditionally been done by pumping or using sandbags.

However, the pumping process can be costly and sandbags have proven to have their own set of issues, including a negative impact on the environment.  

A Better Alternative for Dewatering

Fortunately, there is an environmentally-safe option available for keeping your pipeline construction site dry. The Aqua-barrier cofferdam has saved project managers hundreds of thousands of dollars in pumping costs with no environmental footprint!

How does the Aqua-barrier Cofferdam work?

The Aqua-barrier cofferdam is designed to withstand pressure and friction, even when exposed to uneven water pressure. Where sandbags are time-consuming to fill and lay, and pumping must be done repeatedly to keep the site dry, the cofferdam is easily set up in a matter of 2-3 hours, and remains steady throughout the course of the project.

An Aqua-barrier cofferdam is also an effective dewatering tool for underwater pipeline inspections. Eliminate the need for costly pumping and filthy sandbags and give the cofferdam a try.

Read more about how the Aqua-barrier cofferdam works.

For more information on how Hydrological Solutions can help you keep your worksite dry with an Aqua-barrier cofferdam, please read our FAQs, and then contact us to get started.

Aqua Barrier for Various Dewatering Projects

Hydrological Solutions provides industrial products to meet and exceed the demands of a variety of dewatering projects. But what does dewatering actually mean? And how is it used in an industrial setting?

De-codeing Dewatering

Dewatering is a term used to remove water from solid material or soil.  The methods of dewatering vary based on need and specifications for each project.  In order to complete a successful dewatering project, the area needs to have a perimeter around it to secure the area inside to prevent (additional) water to come inside.

Dewatering projects come in all shapes and sizes. Hydrological Solutions’ Aqua Barrier Cofferdam provides a multi-purpose solution to:

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With an inflatable dam, large boulders and rocky surfaces were not a problem! Cofferdams come in many sizes allowing you to work in water up to 6 feet deep.  An inflatable dam can be installed quickly giving you the edge on competing bidders.  If you are currently searching for a cost effective way to dewater an area to prevent invasive water from entering the job site, our flood barriers were designed to meet those needs.

Contact us today for more information.