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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.

Contact us to learn more reasons the Aqua-Barrier is the next big thing in flood protection.

Happy New Year from Aqua-Barrier

Happy New Year from Aqua-Barrier

2018 has zipped along in the blink of an eye! This is the time of the year we pause and reflect, analyze the year behind us and look ahead with great anticipation for the year to come. We consider what went well and look for opportunities for growth. Now that 2018 is behind us, here's a look at the year with Aqua-Barrier Inflatable Water Dams. Click To Tweet

HSI Services- Your AQUA-BARRIER Provider!

Remember, HSI Services are the AQUA-BARRIER people. With over 20 years of experience behind us, we offer flood mitigation expertise for construction, water storage, and flood control. More than just AQUA-BARRIER providers, we are excited to provide you with our streamlined services and new products.

5 Key Advantages to Using Water Inflated Dams

Improved Products and Accessories

We have made our Aqua-Barrier Cofferdams even better with key enhancements and upgrades. Our temporary cofferdams now feature a stronger, heavier fabric. We have also instituted superior quality assurance equipment, and improved our repair process, as well. You can also now find accessory features with us such as floatable fittings, reflective safety strips, and patented lifting loops.  

The Flood Recovery Guide for Businesses

Aqua-Barrier: Always Ready to Serve

At Aqua-Barrier, 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.

The Importance of Dewatering Precautions to Ensure a Safe Work Site

Looking Forward to 2019

We take great pride in providing the best solution for dewatering and flood mitigation. We thank each one of you for your continued partnership and trust. At Aqua-Barrier, we are excited to continue giving you the best products and services in the industry in 2019. Here’s to a festive New Year’s Eve and all the very best in 2019. Happy New Year!

Mine Reclamation and Dewatering

Mine Reclamation and Dewatering

Mining makes up a large part of our industry here in America. Natural gas, petroleum, and coal, sulfur, and gravel are all examples of minerals and resources we mined in our country. Mines prove useful from a few years to a few decades, but what happens after a mine is closed? Federal laws and state agencies have regulations on the correct way to close, decommission, and remediate a mine. Click To Tweet Mine reclamation is a process that all mines must undertake when they are no longer functioning.

Mine Closure & Reclamation

It might not surprise you, but properly closing up a mine is a time-consuming process and could take years to complete. This is especially true if long-term water treatment or monitoring is necessary. When closing a mine, the following steps need to be taken:

  • Shutting Down: Once all production has ended, contractors will remain to remove equipment and shut down operations.
  • Decommissioning: Parts and equipment are removed and cleaned, pipelines are drained, structures and buildings are demolished, and waste is removed from the site. 
  • Reclamation/Remediation: This long process is designed to return the land to a satisfactory standard and to ensure that close by water sources have acceptable water quality. Reclamation workers need to remove hazardous materials from the site, as well as surrounding trees, grasses, and topsoil.
  • Post-Closure: After closing, continuous monitoring needs to be in place to show whether reclamation processes were successful. This long-term maintenance process might involve treatment of mine discharge water, and occasional monitoring of the effects of the residues left behind.

 

Mine Dewatering

As one would imagine, many mines are below the groundwater level and they can affect groundwater if not properly treated. These mines need to be dewatered in order to prevent operational problems or contaminated water. For a successful mine dewatering operation, it is imperative to set in place groundwater control strategies like pit or mine pumping, and perimeter dewatering to catch lateral groundwater flow to lower levels. Utilizing an Aqua–Barrier® inflatable cofferdam can make your mine dewatering safer, as well as more cost-effective.

Decommissioned Mines and Reclamation Programs

Mine reclamation can be easier with the proper tools like mini-excavators, dredgers, and inflatable cofferdams, especially when you are working below groundwater level. It takes a lot of work and planning to properly decommission a mine, so make sure to learn and follow your state and federal laws pertaining to the process.

Contact us to learn more about mine reclamation and dewatering.

6 Ways to Cut Down Your Construction Costs

6 Ways to Cut Down Your Construction Costs

Operating a construction business costs money, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to cut costs. With careful planning and action, you can also help eliminate waste, decrease negative environmental impact, and boost your bottom line. Cutting costs doesn’t mean you have to give up quality. Click To Tweet

Cutting Construction Costs

Everyone wants to make the most money possible when they own a company, and the construction business is no different. Here are some top ways you can help cut down your construction costs without sacrificing a thing.

1) Create a Master Plan

Without a solid master plan, there is a higher likelihood that there will unnecessary spending. Make sure your plan includes management for time, costs, and quality, as well as contracts, safety, scope and more. A reliable project manager should monitor this plan and make sure it is updated through the entire construction process.

2) Hire Multi-Purpose Employees

It can be difficult to find good help, but it is important to find quality workers if you are looking to cut construction costs. Try to hire employees who have more than one skill and can be used in a myriad of areas.

3) Better Contract Negotiation

To help lessen the costs of supplies and other expenses, it is imperative you create good relationships with your vendors and negotiate contracts and prices. A long-term relationship can help you land discounts on supplies and services.

4) Reuse & Recycle

According to the EPA, more than 534 tons of construction debris end up in our landfill each year. By sticking to your master plan and not over-purchasing supplies, you can help cut back on waste. Try to find tools and supplies that are reusable or recyclable, like an inflatable cofferdam, to help cut costs, and also decrease your environmental impact.

5) Quality Tools & Supplies

Investing in quality tools and supplies will make a huge difference in your construction costs. If you purchase cheap tools, you will be replacing them and spending more money in the long run. For example, instead of wasting money on time-consuming sandbags for a dewatering project, an Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is not only reusable, but less time consuming, therefore cuts down on manpower, as well as being environmentally friendly.

6) Get High-Tech

While new technology might seem expensive at first, it can definitely cut construction costs in the long-term. There are so many new technologies available to help you streamline your construction projects so you can get the job done faster.

Construction Costs & Your Bottom Line

Cutting the high costs of construction can be done with proper planning, the right tools, and by following the above tips. Not only will you be helping boost your company’s bottom line, but also making a difference for our environment, too!

To learn more about how you can cut construction costs and boost your bottom line, Contact Us.

Construction Dewatering: A Project Manager’s Basic Checklist

Construction Dewatering: A Project Manager’s Basic Checklist

Managing any construction project can be challenging, but especially when the project needs construction site dewatering. With proper planning and a basic checklist, you can make sure that your construction dewatering project happens successfully. Click To Tweet

Checklist for Construction Dewatering Projects

Before you begin your construction dewatering project, it is imperative you have a solid plan and checklist to help you stay on task, keep workers safe, and ensure that you have all the proper equipment to get the job done. Here are some great tips on what to include in your basic checklist:

Formal Procedure Plan

As mentioned, a solid plan is the first step in a successful dewatering project. This formal procedure plan should include procedure requirements, relevant laws and regulations, as well as the concept design, groundwater monitoring documents, and anything else required for the project.

Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is an important part of the dewatering construction process and should be factored in for every dewatering project. A risk assessment will identify any existing or potential adverse effects to the environment or humans in the area or on the project. Risk identification and analysis is vital to keeping people, animals, and the environment safe.

Training Requirements

With construction dewatering being riskier and involved than a normal construction project, it is necessary to have a proper training plan in place and implemented in order to ensure the safety of those working on the site.

Dewatering Methods & Equipment

There are multiple methods of dewatering and it is best to choose the one that best fits your construction dewatering project. Some of the most commonly used equipment in dewatering are sump pumps and the Aqua-Barrier® inflatable cofferdams. Cofferdams are less time-consuming and expensive than the old-fashioned sandbag method used years ago. An inflatable cofferdam is instrumental in attaining a dry work site and is 3-5 times faster than other methods.

Disposal Options

Along with having a proper plan, a well-trained team, and the best equipment for the job, it is also important to understand which disposal options are available. Make sure to know what regulations require to determine the best disposal route.

Construction Dewatering Done Right

By making and sticking to a solid checklist, your dewatering project can happen without a hitch. Monitoring your plan and staying in communication with all involved will make sure your construction dewatering project is successful and safe for all involved.

To learn more about creating a basic checklist for your next dewatering project, Contact Us.