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Aqua-Barrier vs. Sandbags

Aqua-Barrier vs. Sandbags

Aqua-Barrier vs. Sandbags

The use of sandbags for flooding protection has been in existence for a while. In the case of a severe storm, sandbags might be your go-to solution to make sure water doesn’t get into your home or business. With new technological innovations, there’s an alternative to consider–it’s called an inflatable dam. 

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You might be familiar with bags filled with sand to protect from rising floodwater, but what about an inflatable dam? Our Aqua-Barrier system has stood the test of time and is designed for any situation. Still not convinced? See how Aqua-Barrier compares with the use of sandbags for flood protection.

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An Aqua-Barrier system is an inflated dam that is made of industrial-grade vinyl-coated polyester that is used for dewatering and flood protection. It can be inflated to surround your commercial business. 


  • They’re usually faster to install than other flood protection solutions.
  • They require minimal equipment to install and remove.
  • Because they use the materials available onsite, special disposal isn’t needed which increases their cost-effectiveness.
  • They’re environmentally friendly and can be reused.


  • Depending on the size of the property, the initial assembly and installation might take some time to understand.

Pro Tip: Inflatable dams aren’t always used in times of emergency. Construction sites, pool maintenance, and dredging are just a few other ways Aqua-Barrier assists in water control.


A sandbag is a bag or sack that usually made of a polypropylene material that is filled with sand. To create a flood barrier, the sandbags are stacked on top of one another.


  • The materials to make them are less expensive compared to other flood control alternatives.
  • During an emergency, they’re usually provided at no charge at public stations.
  • Due to their size, they are easy to transport and can be placed in small areas.


  • A lot of time and effort is required to fill the sandbags and set up before a storm.
  • Unfortunately, sandbags aren’t fully waterproof, and water can seep in-between the bags.
  • After an emergency, Hazmat procedures are necessary for disposal due to the bacteria found in floodwater.
  • Because of the contamination, they’re not reusable or eco-friendly.

The Results are In

Unfortunately, it’s apparent that the practice of filling bags with sand might be doing more harm than good. Instead of wasting materials that negatively impact the environment, consider using an inflatable dam. Our Aqua-Barrier system can be used across the globe and has continually proven to minimize flood damage.

Contact us today about the different Aqua-Barrier systems available for your home or business.

Save Time with the Aqua-Barrier’s Quick Installation

Save Time with the Aqua-Barrier’s Quick Installation

Construction is generally a rather slow-moving job. With a line of crews waiting to work on each section of the project and a looming deadline for completion, it proves to be demanding work. Any way to save time is welcome.

Fortunately, jobs that involve dewatering have a massive advantage for saving time: the Aqua-Barrier. This inflatable temporary cofferdam is a quick, easy way to clear the worksite in a matter of hours and let work begin almost immediately. Let’s take a look at what an inflatable dam could do for your project.

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Installing a Conventional Cofferdam

A conventional cofferdam, typically made of concrete or steel, requires a good amount of work and care. First, the wall itself is installed in the proper place to establish the border of the worksite. Next, huge pumps remove the water from the site, allowing the crew to enter and begin the project. The most obvious problem with this set-up is the time involved in constructing a secure wall, then dewatering afterward. This process could take an entire day, potentially more if the worksite is especially large. And when the job is done, what will you do with the materials? They aren’t exactly reusable.

Installing an Aqua-Barrier

By contrast, an Aqua-Barrier requires significantly less time and effort to set up. Simply determine the border of the worksite, unroll the barrier, and inflate it. Best of all, you can combine the dewatering process with the initial setup since the barrier fills full of water! Just put the displaced water into your cofferdam. Though the exact time required to inflate the cofferdam varies, an 8ft x 100ft Aqua-Barrier takes a mere 2 hours to fully inflate.

Save Time on Future Projects

Not only is an Aqua-Barrier the superior choice for your immediate needs, but it’s also a great way to save time on your future construction projects. If you opt for a conventional cofferdam, you’ll have to safely dispose of the building materials afterward since you’ll likely be unable to reuse or recycle them. This also means you’ll need to start from scratch the next time you need a cofferdam. Fortunately, an Aqua-Barrier is fully reusable!

Pro Tip: Some water barrier materials, such as sandbags, have to be treated as hazardous waste. Avoid this environmental hazard and time waster by using an Aqua-Barrier instead!

Streamline Your Next Dewatering & Construction Job

While you can’t control everything that might contribute to a delay in your construction work, you can certainly control the amount of time you spend dewatering your worksite. An Aqua-Barrier can turn a days-long dewatering job into mere hours. Add one of these essential inflatable barriers to your construction equipment and save time with the quick Aqua-Barrier installation!

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An Overview of Your Aqua-Barrier

An Overview of Your Aqua-Barrier

From a practical standpoint, the Aqua-Barrier is an excellent tool for your construction crew to have at any worksite that involves a significant amount of dewatering. Its relatively straightforward setup and usage make it easy to learn as well. But some construction crews may want more details. What about the Aqua-Barrier’s specifications?

We’ve compiled detailed pages and explanations of the Aqua-Barrier’s details for anyone who wants to learn more about this inflatable cofferdam. In this article, we’ve compiled summaries and the basic details for anyone looking for a quick overview. For a more detailed analysis, visit the links in each section.

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Product Specifications

The Aqua-Barrier is made out of heavy gauge polyvinyl chloride and polyester, which can be patched at the worksite with a vinyl adhesive when necessary. This material is designed to be watertight when the ends of two Aqua-Barriers are laid on top of each other, trapping the water outside. When fully inflated, the barrier can stand by itself without any assisting devices.

For more details on the Aqua-Barrier’s design and features, read our product specifications document.


Inside the Aqua-Barrier is a diaphragm/baffle system which allows it to stabilize itself in the water. When the barrier is exposed to high pressure on one side (which happens when it’s holding back water), the baffle locks into place to prevent it from rolling over and allowing the water to escape. The vinyl material presses onto the ground to create a watertight seal and ensure nothing can escape from underneath either.

Pro Tip: For a more detailed look at the Aqua-Barrier’s dimensions and stabilization process, check out our AutoCAD drawings.


While the product specifications page contains the basic need-to-know information about the Aqua-Barrier, our MasterFormat PDF has every detail you and your construction crew could ever imagine needing about our equipment. If you weren’t able to find the answer to your questions elsewhere, chances are you’ll find it here. Read our MasterFormat document for an incredibly in-depth look at the Aqua-Barrier’s specifications and details.

A Well-Designed Dewatering Solution

The Aqua-Barrier is designed to perfectly suit any dewatering construction needs and has the results to back up its claims. If you’re looking for a durable and well-made solution for your partially submerged construction site, you can’t go wrong with an Aqua-Barrier!

Connect with us to learn more about our inflatable barrier’s details and potential uses.

What is AquaComp?

What is AquaComp?

If you’ve shopped for an Aqua-Barrier recently, you’ve probably heard about AquaComp. However, chances are you don’t exactly know what the term means. What is AquaComp and how can it benefit your construction project?

Simply put, AquaComp is a computer program designed to simulate the behavior of an inflated cofferdam in use. This program is used to help customers locate the correct type and size of inflatable cofferdam they need for their projects. Even if your jobs have never used this program before, it’s an excellent perk to learn for future applications. Let’s take a closer look at what this program does and how it can help you.

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Details of the Program

AquaComp uses the Distinct Element Method formulation, a technique that’s especially useful for simulating soil and rock mechanics in an engineering context. Using this method, a simulated Aqua-Barrier is generated in the program using multiple connected elements that are allowed to move freely just as an inflated cofferdam would on the scene. Once the user inputs an approximate level of friction at the worksite, the program can demonstrate how an inflated Aqua-Barrier would behave in the proposed environment.

Read more about how AquaComp calculates its information.

Practical Applications

AquaComp gives you as the engineer a chance to test different sizes and orientations of Aqua-Barriers in their intended environment, without the cleanup or hassle of hauling any models that don’t work. If you find that a proposed size or type of cofferdam doesn’t work in your program, just input new values and try again. You can test as many different sizes, environments, or other variables as needed until you locate just what you need.

Pro Tip: The AquaComp computer program allows you to find the perfect Aqua-Barrier from the comfort of your office!

More Engineering Information

In addition to AquaComp, engineers have access to detailed Autocad drawings of different sizes of the Aqua-Barrier. Using these drawings, you can find the dimensions and features you most need and test them in the program to make sure you’re right. Working in tandem, both of these features will help you locate the right size for your needs the first time around!

Check out these Autocad drawings for information on the different available sizes.

Use AquaComp to Test Your Construction Site

Once construction is underway, testing different sizes and shapes of Aqua-Barriers can become expensive quickly as incorrect types have to be hauled away. Fortunately, AquaComp lets you test different sizes in different environments for free and without any of the extra work involved in bringing in real cofferdams. Call 1-800-245-0199 for a free copy of the AquaComp program and get started simulating your work today!

Connect with us for more engineering insights into the Aqua-Barrier and its applications to your job.

Construction Site Dewatering: Why You Should Get an Aqua-Barrier Soon

Construction Site Dewatering: Why You Should Get an Aqua-Barrier Soon

Construction projects are rather unpredictable in their timetables. Even if your plan seems flawless, something will happen that you simply can’t control and set your project back. Whether there’s an accident, weather delays, or just a problem with supplies you ordered, you’ll most likely encounter time-consuming problems on a construction job.

Fortunately, there’s one area of your project that you can be confident in: getting your Aqua-Barrier on time. HSI Services is dedicated to providing you with the equipment you need exactly when you need it. Wondering how to get your Aqua-Barrier as quickly as possible?

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What Fits Your Budget?

The first step toward buying or renting an Aqua-Barrier is determining how much you can spend. Using our Cofferdam Cost Calculator, input the size and shape of the cofferdam you need and compare it against conventional cofferdam prices. In most cases, you’ll pay twice as much for a conventional dam as you would for an Aqua-Barrier.

Will the Aqua-Barrier Work in that Environment?

If you aren’t sure how the Aqua-Barrier will respond in your particular work environment, try plugging the information into AquaComp. This detailed computer program simulates the behavior of an inflated cofferdam in the work environment you specify, giving you a very informative look at what you can expect. Don’t let your work setting take you by surprise! Test everything ahead of time in a simulation and prepare accordingly.

Pro Tip: AquaComp’s simulation may show that you need a different cofferdam than originally planned. Keep trying until you find the correct type and dimensions you need.

Reserve Your Aqua-Barrier

Summer, the busiest time of year for construction projects, is coming to a close. That doesn’t mean Aqua-Barriers are just up for grabs, however. It’s always best to reserve your inflatable cofferdam as far ahead of time as you can to make sure you get exactly what you need when you need it. Don’t wait too long and get stuck with the wrong size.

Optimize Your Construction Project!

The Aqua-Barrier is designed to make your job easier. We’re ready to make sure you get this critical addition to your project as quickly as possible once you’ve ordered it. As long as you don’t wait until the last minute, you’re guaranteed to get an Aqua-Barrier quickly and start work on your construction project!

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