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How to Prevent Flooding in Low-Lying Areas

How to Prevent Flooding in Low-Lying Areas

How to Prevent Flooding in Low-Lying Areas

Water always flows downhill. Consequently, low-lying regions are far more likely to experience severe flooding than more elevated areas. While keeping floods from ever happening is completely impossible, we can and should take measures to minimize the amount of flooding that does occur and prevent extensive damages.

Flood prevention is an interesting science because it’s very difficult to truly prevent a flood from ever occurring. The best we can do is understand which areas are prone to flooding and why, as well as find methods to hold back huge amounts of water. Let’s take a look at how to prevent flooding in low-lying areas.

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Permanent Solutions

Where exactly are the floodwaters coming from? If a nearby river tends to overflow or a lower portion of land fills up quickly in heavy rain, try to give the water somewhere else to go. Drainage systems can divert floodwaters to other bodies of water or to pre-prepared spaces set aside for water retention. More ambitious projects could include constructing dams to control nearby rivers or building walls to prevent water from spreading too far.

Temporary Solutions

If a flood is on the way, there’s no time to construct a dam or dig drainage systems. For a quick method of flood protection, consider an inflatable cofferdam like the Aqua-Barrier. This balloon-like dam fills with water and creates an airtight seal along the ground to keep up to 5 feet of water at bay. Once the floodwaters drain, simply deflate the cofferdam and store it out of the way. This strategy will keep your property safe while you plan for a more permanent solution.

Pro Tip: In addition to flood prevention strategies, make sure you’re prepared for other potential issues. Double-check your flood insurance coverage and make sure important documents are stowed in waterproof containers.

Long-Term Planning

Structures and cofferdams will hold back floodwaters, but for a more sustainable solution, develop a long-term plan to reduce flood risk and minimize damage. Maybe a nearby riverbank is eroding away and allowing water to escape. In this case, focus on soil conservation and shoreline restoration. Improve your local flood warning system if you can and stay aware of how your climate and elevation can put you in an at-risk area.

Keeping Flood Damage to a Minimum

Regular floods are an unfortunate part of life for many parts of the world. Thankfully, there are solutions. Local communities should focus their efforts on developing methods to block the water and be ready to handle floods when they do occur.

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Should You Buy Commercial Property Flood Barriers?

Should You Buy Commercial Property Flood Barriers?

As summer approaches, the threat of severe rainstorms and hurricane activity is beginning to increase. Whether you have an office building, retail establishment, or hotel condominium, having reliable flood protection should be apart of your preparedness. Of all of the different options available, one solution worth considering is a property flood barrier.

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Flooding from a torrential downpour or inches of rain can happen in a matter of hours. Without adequate preparation, your commercial property could be at risk of damage by rain leaks or strong water currents. With a flood barrier to surround your entire property, you can adequately protect your establishment from flooding. From quick installation to long term coverage, discover why you should buy a property flood barrier this coming storm season.

Quick Installation

One benefit of flood barrier protection is the user-friendliness of the installation process. Compared to the strenuous process of laying out sandbags, flood barriers can be easily unrolled and installed in a matter of hours. With Aqua-Barrier’s distinctive loop-holes, you can reliably place the barrier without needing special equipment or extra team members.

Pro Tip: Purchase one or more flood barriers to span the entire border around your property. Our distinctive materials will interlock together to create a watertight connection you can rely on.

Long Term Coverage

Due to the occurrence of flood events, protective barriers are designed to be easily installed and removed over and over. That being said, it’s important to have a reliable way to guard against flood damage year-round. With the Aqua-Barrier flood barrier, you can protect your business in the short term and provide continuous protection. Save time, save money, and reliably prevent water from disrupting your business activities with a reusable flood barrier.

Environmentally-Friendly Removal

Unlike other flood barriers on the market, the Aqua-Barrier has the recognition of being both environmentally-friendly and reusable. These two qualities make it a benefit for any business, especially when dealing with polluted flood water. The industrial-grade vinyl material allows the barrier to mold to the preexisting environment, protecting both natural organisms and plant life. In addition, property flood barriers help to minimize the amount of toxic waste that could be spread by flooding.

Reliable Flood Protection

Having flood protection equipment for your property is crucial to keeping your business afloat. By investing in a reliable property flood barrier, you can easily guard against water damage, soil erosion, and structural deterioration.

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Prevent Erosion in Your Construction Projects

Prevent Erosion in Your Construction Projects

Topsoil erosion is one of the biggest environmental issues facing our world today. According to the World Wildlife Federation, half of all topsoil on the planet has eroded away over the past 150 years. And unfortunately, not only is it nearly impossible to retrieve eroded soil, but it also causes significant pollution problems when it reaches rivers or oceans. 

What can you do to reduce topsoil erosion? While the construction industry presents several hazards that can contribute to water runoff or further erosion, a few changes to your equipment or routine could help to drastically reduce erosion at your location. Here are a few strategies to get you started.

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Observe & Plan Ahead

Before construction begins, visit your worksite and take a look around. Is the ground sloped or covered in loose soil? What nearby ground or features could be affected by water runoff?

Additionally, take note of anything you can potentially use to prevent erosion. For instance, if your excavation requires you to remove trees, bring a mulcher along and convert the trees into mulch to cover the exposed ground. Not only will this help the soil stay in place after your project is done, but it will also prevent the trees from simply going to waste.

Pro Tip: Soil runoff from a construction project not only erodes the landscape but can also pour silt into rivers. Set up silt fencing to prevent severe soil runoff from occurring.

Cover the Ground

Mulch isn’t your only option to cover exposed soil. You can temporarily cover small areas with plastic sheets, or for a long-term solution, plant grass seeds to hold the ground in place. Once the excavation is complete, talk with your landscaper or local wildlife experts to find the best species of grass to sow. Whatever you ultimately choose, make sure the ground is adequately protected against further erosion.

Don’t be in a Rush

Despite your best efforts, erosion can still occur if you rush your project. Take a little extra time to excavate only one portion of the worksite at a time and cover the ground before you move on to the next one. Try to disrupt the local ecosystem as little as possible. The additional time required to do a good job will be worth the reduction in erosion and its associated costs.

Minimize Erosion in Your Projects

Sediment control should be one of your primary concerns as you work to keep your environmental impact to a minimum. No matter what your project entails, it’s not difficult to implement strategies to help protect the local ecosystem. Take care to observe your worksite and plan ahead to prevent erosion in construction projects.

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3 Types of Removable Flood Barriers

3 Types of Removable Flood Barriers

For business owners in Houston and along the coastline, floods are an ever-present danger. Rising water can cause thousands of dollars in damage and set work back by months, if not worse. Unfortunately, preparing the building itself for water damage can only do so much. You as a business owner can protect your investment by using removable flood barriers, easily installed and quickly removed once the danger has passed.

Flood Barriers Ideal for Businesses

A one-size-fits-all flood barrier simply doesn’t exist. For different circumstances or locations, different types of barriers will be more helpful. However, three particular types could prove incredibly useful for many business owners:

  1. Conventional cofferdams
  2. Metal flood barriers
  3. Inflatable bladder dams

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1) Conventional Cofferdams

Usually made of steel or concrete, a conventional cofferdam provides a sturdy solution for blocking flood water. However, its design and components often require ample time to set it up, not to mention the additional costs of labor and supplies.

2) Metal Flood Barriers

A metal flood barrier, also known as an EzDam, fits snugly across doors and entryways to keep water from getting in. These mini-dams usually average between 3-4 ft tall and are easily removable when not required. For most businesses, an EzDam provides quickly accessible and easy-to-install protection against flooding.

3) Inflatable Bladder Dams

Perhaps the most cost-effective and simple flood barrier design is the bladder dam. This design resembles a massive balloon filled with water. When needed, an inflatable dam can be placed and filled with floodwater in just a couple hours, holding back further flooding and providing protection just as reliable as its steel cousins. This rapid deployment method can save valuable time and prevent further damage to your business.

Pro Tip: A fully inflated Aqua-Barrier can hold back up to 6 feet of water and silt. Keep your business safe from floodwaters.

Finding the Best Flood Barrier System

Every business owner in a flood-prone area should remain aware of the risks and prepare for the worst. No one can predict flooding with exact accuracy. The best course of action is to find a quality, easily moveable flood barrier and be ready to use it.

Not sure which flood barrier can help your business the most? Join the conversation to speak with our flood control experts about reasonable flood protection for your commercial business.

The Fascinating History of Cofferdams

The Fascinating History of Cofferdams

Cofferdams are used in many industries when dewatering and water diversion are necessary. You might not realize it, but the history of cofferdams is long and fascinating and dates back thousands of years. During this time the cofferdam has evolved and improved several times.

The Evolution of the Cofferdam

Cofferdams have been around for centuries, but they haven’t all looked or worked the same. The history of cofferdams is interesting and takes us back to the Persian empire. Here is the timeline of cofferdams used throughout history and how they have advanced through the years.

  1. Earthen Cofferdam
  2. Roman Cofferdam
  3. Sandbags
  4. Steel Sheet Pile Cofferdam
  5. Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdam

1) Earthen Cofferdams

The first cofferdams were said to be used by King Cyrus of Persia in 539 B.C. to temporarily divert water from the Euphrates river, allowing the capture of Babylon. This capture of Babylon ended their rule, allowing the Medo-Persian empire to begin.

2) Roman Cofferdams

The Romans had their own cofferdam, as well, and it was made from wood pilings that they temporarily used in order to build bridges across the Danube river in 102 A. D. in what is now Romania.

3) Sandbags

In the 1880’s, during the Napoleonic wars, people used sandbags to control water. Initially, these bags of sand were used for the protection of the troops during battle, but eventually, they were used as temporary dams and water control.

4) Steel Sheet Pile Cofferdams

After a hundred years of using sandbags, a milestone in cofferdams was introduced through the steel sheet pile cofferdam. In the early 1900’s, a German engineer came up with an interlocking design of ‘U’ shaped steel to help control water. This interlocking steel cofferdam design is still being used today in some countries.

5) Aqua-Barrier® Inflatable Cofferdams

Fast forward to 1996 and the invention of the Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam. This inflatable cofferdam features a patented internal baffle system that not only provides stability but the ability to use on any terrain, too. The Aqua-Barrier® is vastly more effective and efficient than outdate sandbags, and is also more environmentally friendly, too. The inflatable cofferdam comes in a variety of sizes and can be tailored to your specific needs. Click To Tweet

Modern Uses and the Cofferdam

The modern Aqua-Barrier Inflatable Cofferdam is the essential tool for a variety of dewatering projects, such as building and repairing boat ramps, pipeline construction projects, water park maintenance, shoreline restoration, flood protection, and more.

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Top Tips For Construction Water Diversion

Top Tips For Construction Water Diversion

While a dry worksite is essential for many construction and repair projects, there are some cases where it is not feasible to completely cut off the water flow.  Sometimes, a project requires you to completely block off the water for the duration of your project, while others need a diversion to keep the water flowing smoothly while you work. Having the proper tools and plans will help your construction water diversion project be completed in a safe and timely manner. Click To Tweet Here are some helpful tips for successful water diversion on your next project.

Diverting Water for Construction Projects

Often, construction projects require work done across streams, rivers, or similar small bodies of water. Since these bodies of water cannot be fully blocked, water must be diverted to maintain a healthy flow. Some typical projects requiring water diversion are:

About Water Diversion

Sometimes a diversion is necessary for construction to ensure an isolated, dry project area. In some cases, water is temporarily rerouted in order to prevent or minimize contamination of clean surface waters. Water diversion also provides an effective method of sediment control. With water diversion, work zone sediment is prevented from entering the body of water, which is especially crucial when dewatering stormwater areas.

Best Method for Water Diversion

Working in water is one of the most complex construction scenarios imaginable, and an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam should be an essential component of your water diversion project. Easily deployed and completely portable, Aqua-Barrier® can be used in a variety of configurations to divert water, creating a dry work environment.

Construction Projects & Water Diversion

Inflatable bladder dams, like the Aqua-Barrier®, have quickly become the leading method for water diversion and dewatering in construction. They are easy to deploy, effective, and environmentally friendly. Consider investing in a water-inflated bladder dam for your future dewatering and diversion projects.

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