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Traditional Cofferdam Types and Alternatives

Do you have a construction project that requires a dry worksite? You may have used traditional cofferdam types in the past, but they likely failed in providing quick installation and tear down. It probably also required too many workers while costing more than expected. But, this doesn’t have to be your reality. There’s a better cofferdam solution that outperforms traditional methods in almost every category — an inflatable, water-filled cofferdam.

With traditional cofferdams being such an inconvenient and expensive dewatering method, how can you find a better solution? An inflated, water-filled cofferdam is a cost-effective alternative. Click To Tweet

What are traditional cofferdam types and are there better alternatives? Let’s dive into a little cofferdam history and see how your dewatering project can benefit from a more modern take to achieving a dry worksite.  

Traditional Cofferdam Types

Cofferdams have been around for decades, but in the modern era, they are typically used for construction site dewatering.

A traditional cofferdam type is a temporary structure usually made of sheet metal, concrete, wood, and in some cases, are double-walled with a filler. They withstand high amounts of pressure in order to keep a particular area dry but the installation and manpower required to assemble and dismantle these devices are often times not worth the labor costs and time.

Pro Tip: Injuries are more likely to occur when using a traditional cofferdam type because of the heavy machinery required to move materials around.

Inflatable, Water-Filled Cofferdams

Have you heard of an inflatable cofferdam or bladder dam? If not, after reading this, you will probably completely change your outlook about cofferdams.

An inflatable cofferdam like the Aqua-Barrier® is a water-filled device that is also reusable. It prevents water from entering a work site and requires minimal equipment and labor. The Aqua-Barrier® installation and in-field use are faster for both moving and standing water installation procedures. Because there is no heavy machinery required, your team will experience fewer injuries and therefore, fewer workers’ compensation claims.

If you want to lessen your company’s environmental impact while saving money and valuable time, an inflatable cofferdam is your answer!

Construction Applications

Wondering if an inflatable cofferdam is right for your construction project? Here are some common Aqua-Barrier® construction applications:

Discover The Aqua-Barrier® Difference

Available in custom sizes to fit your particular project needs, an inflatable cofferdam like the Aqua-Barrier® is a much more viable alternative to dewatering when compared to traditional approaches.

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