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What Are Water-Filled Dams and How Do They Work?

What Are Water-Filled Dams and How Do They Work?

What Are Water-Filled Dams and How Do They Work?

The process of dewatering worksites has been part of the construction industry for decades. Since it’s such a crucial part of building various structures, the process of dewatering and technology innovations have improved with time. One of the more recent professional improvements and arguably one of the better ones was the introduction of water-filled dams, otherwise known as inflatable cofferdams.

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Inflatable cofferdams eliminate extra work, waste, and time that would otherwise be required to remove water from the worksite. They also provide far more effective protection against remaining water than typical construction dams are known to. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly makes up a water-inflated dam and how it works so well.

Anatomy of the Aqua-Barrier

The Aqua-Barrier consists of two large chambers separated by an internal baffle. As the chambers are pumped full of water from the construction site, the baffle begins to experience more pressure on the opposite side from the remaining water. This forces the baffle to lean forward at about a 45-degree angle to the ground, facing the construction site and creating a watertight seal along the bottom. While the Aqua-Barrier’s baffle does require some exposure above the water to prevent runoff, the internal balancing system is proven to work very well in a variety of conditions.

Pro Tip: Watch a cofferdam in action with AquaComp, our free computer program to help you find the Aqua-Barrier your construction site needs!

Installing an Inflatable Cofferdam

During construction projects near water, you’ll be dealing with either stationary water or a slight current. The Aqua-Barrier works in both, but both circumstances require slightly different installation. At its most basic, a moving water installation requires lowering the deflated Aqua-Barrier into the water from above using heavy equipment. A standing water installation, on the other hand, allows the crew to simply unroll the cofferdam at the desired location in the water. Visit our information pages on proper installation for more details.

How to Get One

We offer cofferdams for sale as a permanent addition to your toolbox. However, we also offer rental services for onetime projects or companies interested in taking our equipment for a trial run before purchasing. Contact us to start the process of finding the right Aqua-Barrier size and type for your project.

An Excellent Engineering Advancement

To the construction industry, few things matter more than safety. When it comes to construction near the water, safety is even more crucial as worksites need flood protection and dewatering constantly. That’s just one of many reasons why water-filled dams, and the Aqua-Barrier in particular, are such excellent inventions for the construction field.

Join the conversation to learn more about our water-filled dams and other construction safety products.

Why the Dewatering Process Matters in Construction

Why the Dewatering Process Matters in Construction

Is your construction site near a body of water? Whether you’re building a bridge or repairing a pipe drain, it’s crucial to have a way to remove water that is effective and accessible for your whole team. That’s the importance of the dewatering process.

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What is dewatering exactly? The dewatering process is the removal of water from solid material or soil. In many cases, it’s the removal or draining of groundwater from a riverbed, construction site, caisson, or mine shaft by pumping or evaporation. For construction sites, dewatering is the first step in making sure the project will have a dry and stable foundation.

The Problem with Water

Water is one of the most powerful forces of nature. On a construction site, it can create a number of hazardous work conditions for your workers. With little notice, it can also be the cause of extensive erosion problems. Runoff water can erode the soil on a construction site causing insecure grounding, sediment buildup, and loose contaminants. Without a proper dewatering system, your construction project could find difficulty to be completed.

Benefits of an Aqua-Barrier

While there are several different ways to create a dry construction site, a cofferdam is the most accessible and reliable method of dewatering. The Aqua-Barrier water-filled dam offers quick installation, reusability, and customizable sizing to fit the needs of any construction project. Compared to alternative dewatering methods, the Aqua-Barrier can be easily transported and installed by any member of the construction team. Instead of having to use a sump pump or general water pumps to dewater your site, you can easily start your project with the flexibility of the Aqua-Barrier.  

Pro Tip: Stick to your project timeline with an Aqua-Barrier to remove groundwater from your worksite easily and efficiently.

Types of Construction Dewatering

Due to the portability and functionality, there is no limit to the type of projects applicable for a cofferdam. No matter where your construction site might be, there is a way to remove water with Aqua-Barrier inflatable dams. The number of construction applications aren’t limited to, but might include:

Why the Dewatering Process Matters in Construction, Aqua-Barrier, Houston, TX

Solution for Your Construction Projects

Before your project starts showing signs of instability or erosion from surface water, invest in an industry-trusted dewatering solution. With water storage features and in-field repair capabilities, the Aqua-Barrier is your answer for your next construction project.

Are you ready to purchase an Aqua-Barrier cofferdam? Connect with one of our associates to start using one of the top dewatering products available.

3 Reasons to Invest in an Aqua-Barrier This Year

3 Reasons to Invest in an Aqua-Barrier This Year

The new year is a great time to reevaluate your progress and set goals for the future. As you start setting resolutions for 2020, it’s important to think of ways to improve your business and protect your employees. By investing in an Aqua-Barrier cofferdam, you can complete this year’s projects with ease and efficiency.

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Why Aqua-Barrier?

Is your construction site located near a large body of water? Do you need to store a large amount of water? Do you live in a region with flooding potential? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need an Aqua-Barrier inflatable dam. Among the many reasons why an Aqua-Barrier product would be a worthy investment, pay attention these three.

1. Emergency Flood Protection

When a hurricane is headed your way, you need to protect your residential or commercial properties. The Aqua-Barrier has been designed to provide substantial flood protection. This year, don’t neglect to prepare for the hurricane season. Instead, purchase a water inflated dam to create a flood barrier to protect your property where and when you need it.

Pro Tip: In comparison to wasteful sandbags, our water-filled barrier is made of environmentally-safe materials for easy cleanup and reusability.

2. Range of Applications

Do you need to dewater your construction site or create a temporary water barrier? Our inflated cofferdams are versatile for any use. From boat ramps to pipeline construction, we take great pride in the range of industries that our Aqua-Barrier can be applied to. With customized sizes that fit your work area, the cofferdam is designed with you in mind.

3. Easy Transport and Installation

Overall, Aqua-Barrier’s portability and user-friendly installation are a great plus. Constructed from industrial grade vinyl coated polyester, the inflatable Aqua-Barrier can be easily disassembled for compact storage and transportation. In addition, our exclusive partner, EZ Roller System, allows easy handling for a minimum of two people. 

Protection for Your Business

No matter what may have transpired in 2019, the start of a new year welcomes a fresh start and room to achieve your goals. If you’ve been unable to invest in an Aqua-Barrier for your business, there’s no better time than now to protect your business.

Are you ready to purchase an Aqua-Barrier? Connect with one of our associates for more information.

Happy Thanksgiving from HSI Services, Inc!

Happy Thanksgiving from HSI Services, Inc!

Whether you’re new to HSI Services, Inc or you’ve been with us for a while, we want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time to take time off work, enjoy a great meal, and spend time with your family. What are you thankful for this year? Here’s what the team at HSI Services, Inc is celebrating this Thanksgiving!

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God’s Protection and Guidance

This year, we’re thankful for the ways the Lord has protected and guide every facet of our business. From our team dynamics to the customers we serve, we rest in knowing that God is in control and look forward to seeing what he will do in the future.

Pro Tip: Our company believes in the power of God’s word and would love to send you a free Bible. Contact one of our staff members to arrange delivery.

Products We Trust

Our assortment of water-inflated dams are tested and proven to give users the solutions they need for water control. We take great pride in being able to provide a product that can help in a variety of situations. Whether it’s for normal day-to-day projects or long-term construction sites, Aqua-Barrier is dedicated to building trust and exceeding expectations.

Our Network of Affiliates 

This Thanksgiving, we’re proud to have multiple organizations to partner with. From Florida to Canada, these affiliates use Aqua-Barrier products for their dewatering needs. It’s an honor to be one of their top flood and cofferdam providers.  

Conclusion

As the holiday season begins, we hope you can take the time to be with your loved ones and enjoy Thanksgiving. Those of us at HSI Services, Inc look forward to helping you make this busy season an enjoyable one!

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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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Aqua-Barrier

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. 

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

Sandbags

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.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.