Caissons, cofferdams, inflatable water dams–what are these terms and how do they relate to your construction project? To stay ahead in your construction progress and successfully complete your work, having a dewatering solution is key. Get the inside look of one of the best inventions in water construction with our guide to cofferdams.
If you’re having to repair a bridge, water is a large factor in your project. Without a way to control water currents or flooding, the quality and safety of your worksite could be in danger. The process of dewatering has experienced many advancements throughout the years. With the modern cofferdam, construction crews don’t have to worry about flooding or soil erosion in their water-based projects.
What are Cofferdams?
Dating back to the days of Persia in 539 B.C., cofferdams have been used in construction for centuries. Cofferdams are watertight enclosures that are temporarily placed in bodies of water to create dry worksites. Today’s cofferdam may be designed with different materials, but the goal is the same: control water flow. Whether you’re building near water or preparing for a flood, cofferdams are a great alternative to sandbags.
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Types of Cofferdams
Depending on the building project, there are different types of cofferdams to consider. Braced cofferdams are designed with single-walled steel sheet piles driven into the water, and cellular cofferdams have double-walled piles that may be filled with clay or sand. Inflatable water dams, in contrast, are made of vinyl material and use the water to create a barrier. Depending on the variable of the specific construction project, the appropriate type of cofferdam may vary from project to project.
Unlike caissons that are installed permanently in water, cofferdams are temporary structures that allow for new construction or maintenance repair. Cofferdams give construction crews the ability to perform their job without water getting in the way. The most common construction applications include:
In construction, water can wreck a project without warning. For construction sites found near bodies of water, it’s crucial to be one step ahead of water damage. Compared to sheet pile cofferdams used in the past, inflatable dams offer a number of advantages for your water projects. If you’re looking for a dewatering solution that can be easily reused, transported, and installed, look no further than the AquaBarrier cofferdam.
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What Types of Projects Can Benefit From Water Storage?
When it comes to water, you don’t want it to go down the drain, whether you need to store grey water, conduct a pool repair, remove water from a disaster area, or just need a temporary water storage unit, the Aqua-Barrier® is the perfect solution for your job. Here are six instances where water storage can be beneficial.
Grey Water Storage
Temporary Water Storage
1) Grey Water Storage
Grey water is gently used water that comes from your sinks, tubs, showers, and washing machines. Sometimes, when repairs are needed, it is necessary to store this water. While greywater should never be released into streams, rivers, or lakes, it is perfect and beneficial to irrigate lawns with.
2) Pool Repair
Using water storage during a pool repair is the smart thing to do to help conserve water! Instead of letting all that clean, chlorinated water drain out down the street, store and reuse your water with the Aqua-Barrier® water storage system.
3) Irrigation Needs
Sometimes the weather doesn’t always cooperate, and if you are experiencing a long dry spell, sometimes irrigation is needed to help bring water to the land.
ProTip: Instead of installing a large and immovable silo or basin, the compact, portable, and rapidly deployed Aqua-Barrier® water storage is perfect for all irrigation needs.
4) Disaster Areas
When a disaster is heading your way, one of the most important things people run out to buy is water. Don’t waste money on bottles and bottles of water. The Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage can hold up to 90,000 gallons and can provide you with water through the duration of the disaster!
5) Temporary Water Storage
If you own a construction company, you know that many times projects require temporary dewatering. Whether you are working on a bridge, pipeline, or another repair, the perfect solution is to drain and store the water is through Aqua-Barrier®.
Aqua-Barrier®: The Smart Way to Store Water
If you are curious about or in need of water storage, be sure you are making the environmentally friendly choice with Aqua-Barrier® Water Storage. With its many size options, it can be used in truck transport or for ground installation.
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Maintaining a commercial pool is quite different from maintaining a residential pool. Commercial pools are a big responsibility and require constant attention and upkeep. Not only does your company’s revenue and customer experience count on your pool being ready to use, but the health and safety of swimmers depend on it, too. Below are some essential tips for commercial pool maintenance.
Proper Pool Filtration
Commercial pools typically have high bather loads and pool filters can easily clog, causing sanitary risks and putting your pumps and other commercial pool equipment at risk. Ensuring proper filtration is critical to maintaining water clarity and proper water balance. Without proper filtration, your pool will require more chemicals and maintenance.
Regular maintenance of a commercial pool also requires proper pool sanitization. Due to high levels of swimmers, sanitizer levels can easily come unbalanced. If the levels are too low, dangerous bacteria levels can thrive in the water, making swimmers ill. Too much sanitizer and chlorine can cause irritation of swimmers eyes and skin and potentially damage pool surfaces and equipment.
Routine Pool Water Testing
Commercial pool water testing needs to be done regularly to make sure pH, chlorine, and other water balancing treatments are balanced. Make sure to check your local health-department codes for guidance on appropriate water testing levels. Large capacity commercial pools should complete a water analysis at least once a day, including free chlorine residual, total bromine residual, pH, acid and alkali demand. At least once a month, the total alkalinity, CYA, calcium hardness, iron, and copper should be checked.
Draining Your Commercial Pool
Commercial pools need to be occasionally drained, whether for a deep pool cleaning, or to correct the pH and chemicals. It is important to know the proper methods involved in draining your pool and use the proper tools in order to make the drainage of your pool successful. The method in which you drain your pool has a significant impact on the time and ease of the project. Traditional methods of dewatering solutions include the use of sandbags, but many contractors are saving time and money withAqua-Barrier® Inflatable cofferdams. In addition to the Aqua-Barrier, using an Insta-Tank® to store the leftover water maximizes water conservation. These offer the perfect solution for pool area construction and maintenance projects.
Commercial Pool Maintenance
Commercial pools are delicate and complex ecosystems that require careful attention and diligent maintenance. Hiring a certified pool operator or pool technician is a good idea to guarantee your commercial pool avoids situations that cause it to be closed. With proper maintenance and by using the proper tools, you can help reduce major issues and keep your pool balanced and ready for year-round enjoyment.
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Inflatable bladder dams are flexible, eco-friendly and quick to use. Most systems are installed in just one day, ensuring that you stay on schedule. No more putting projects on hold while you wait for costly dewatering. Time is money, and with an inflatable bladder dam, you can save both.
Aqua-Barrier®: The Ideal Dewatering Solution
Flexible, inflatable bladder dams are the tool of choice for dewatering. They’re easy to inflate, repair and are completely reusable. Aqua-Barrier® inflatable bladder dams are the most cost-effective way to dewater your site. This prevents water from reentering the job site during construction. That is just one of the distinct differences that set the Aqua-Barrier® apart from other dewatering solutions.
1) Superior Construction
The Aqua-Barrier® consists of industrial grade vinyl coated polyester. This fabric features a base of woven polyester between two layers of flexible polyvinyl chloride. The result is a durable, strong material made to withstand harsh conditions and a variety of terrains. This material allows for easy repairs, is reusable, and can be stored compactly.
2) Innovative Stabilization Method
Aqua-Barrier® inflatable bladder dams use internal baffles that lock into place when the barrier is exposed to uneven water pressure. (This occurs as water drains from the worksite.) The amount of inflated barrier above the water level is called freeboard. To ensure stability, there should be at least 25% freeboard. Aqua-Barriers® will shift to stabilize when exposed to uneven water pressure. In some cases, weak soil or hazardous conditions may require additional freeboard.
3) Sizes for Every Scenario
Whether you’re working on a small residential boat ramp or large bridge, the Aqua-Barrier inflatable bladder dam can work for you. They come in a variety of sizes, which makes it a versatile product for your worksite.
4) Easy Installation
Bladder dams are easy to install, no matter if you have no water, standing water, or moving water. Installation calls for minimal manpower and machinery. Inflatable bladder dams are easy to remove when dewatering is complete.
Construction projects operate on tight schedules with firm deadlines. Delays not only set the project behind but set the budget back as well. With the Aqua-Barrier® inflatable bladder dam there is minimal installation time, and removal leaves no trace of the device. It’s a simple solution to a big problem!
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Dewatering your worksite is a necessary step anytime water is present on a worksite. Due to frequency of use, it presents an opportunity for significant time and cost savings. Your choice in dewatering solutions can make a huge difference in your project completion efficiency. The Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is designed to save you significant time and money in the following ways.
Increase Your Dewatering Efficiency
There are many facets of the dewatering process that present an opportunity to save time and money. Aqua-Barrier®’s design allows you to take advantage of every opportunity. Consider these 5 ways you can save money with the Aqua-Barrier® Solution.
The Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam installs 3-5 times faster than other methods using minimal manpower and equipment. Aqua-Barrier® is made of a flexible PVC material. As it fills, it molds to the environment forming a seal to control the surface water in your jobsite. Installation time is just a few hours for most projects. In construction, as you know, when you save time, you’re also saving money.
2) Post-construction cleanup
Using the Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam requires no post-construction cleanup. At the end, you return the water to the source and roll up the cofferdams for storage until next use. This translates to cost savings as it saves you additional time on the back end.
3) Reusable and versatile
The Aqua-Barrier® Solution is reusable and infield repairable with minimal downtime.This saves you money over sandbags, which serve a one time use and require special disposal. Aqua-Barrier® is also versatile, ideal for restraining water, containing water, diverting water, hydra testing, flood protection, and more. One product covers many types of projects.
4) Materials disposal
With the Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam, there’s no need for materials disposal. With sandbags, you have to pay to have them removed properly. If you’re using dirt, you’ll have to take time after the project is completed leveling the dirt berm or removing it. Aqua-Barrier® is simply deflated, rolled up, and returned.
5) Man labor
Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdams require minimal man labor for deployment and removal. They’re designed to minimize the total labor needed for your dewatering process. Saving you man hours saves you money. On average, a team of 6 workers, 2 track hoes and (2) 8HP Pumps is all you need to install the Aqua-Barriers®.
Save Time, Improve Your Bottom Line
Traditional dewatering solutions such as sandbags take significantly more time in preparation, installation, and cleanup. You’re always looking for ways to improve your overall efficiency and shorten the duration of project completion. To that end, consider making the Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam your go-to dewatering solution. Contact Us to learn more about how Aqua-Barrier® could improve your dewatering process, or for more dewatering resources.