Although summer is quickly fading into fall, the season’s naturally low water levels have yet to return to normal. Dewatering your worksite when water levels are low may seem like a job for sandbags. But there’s a much better solution. Many contractors rely on water-inflated cofferdams, even for smaller jobs like summertime dewatering.
The Aqua-Barrier® temporary cofferdam may seem like a bigger solution than you need. You have probably seen the Aqua-Barrier® being deployed for much larger projects. The enormity of this water-inflated cofferdam solution may seem overpowering for smaller projects with low water levels. The good news is that this dewatering tool comes in various sizes, making it the best dewatering solution on the market, no matter the project size. The Aqua-Barrier® is a great solution for dewatering construction sites, summertime flood control, and general water containment.
The Versatility of the Aqua-Barrier® Temporary Cofferdam
The Aqua-Barrier® water-inflated cofferdam was designed with flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and ease of use in mind. Not only is this method reusable and easy to deploy, but the various sizes available make it ideal for any project.
The Aqua-Barriers® you rent will depend on the size and shape of your project. Choose from the following:
Custom heights and widths are also available for purchase and barriers can be connected to fit any work area.
Aqua-Barriers®, by design, are a very versatile solution making them ideal for various projects, even where water levels are lower than usual. Whether you need a summertime dewatering method, flood control or water containment, the Aqua-Barrier® has you covered.
Across the country water levels are lower in the summer months. Lower water levels do not decrease the importance of controlling the hydraulic environment of your construction site. The choice is yours – avoid a potentially costly delay by trading labor intensive sandbags for easy to install Aqua-Barriers®. As you know, sandbags can take hours to install. On the other hand, an Aqua-Barrier® is much easier to deploy. For small jobs Aqua-Barriers® can be can be installed manually. For larger jobs, Aqua-Barriers® will require some heavy lifting machinery, but a hundred-foot-long six-foot tall wall is approximately 1% the weight of a traditional sandbag wall of the same size.
Summertime Flood Control
Aqua-Barrier® offers several distinct advantages over sandbags for flood control. You don’t always have days to prepare for a flood. A 6×100 foot sandbag wall requires over 617,500 pounds of sandbags, which need over 617 cubic yards of storage. By comparison, a 6×100 foot Aqua-Barrier® wall is only 1,098 pounds before inflation and requires only 16 cubic feet of storage. Once floodwaters have contaminated sandbags, they need Hazmat procedures for removal, adding a costly and time-intensive element to cleanup.
Even with lower water levels, many construction projects require water containment. Sandbags are a multipurpose tool not specifically designed for water containment. They are not water tight by design, and that can result in unwanted water in your worksite. On the other hand, the Aqua-Barrier® is specifically designed for water containment, using a sophisticated internal baffle system that locks into place when introduced to uneven water pressure. The Aqua-Barrier® system can be used to contain both moving and standing water. One of the most popular ways that it is used for summertime water containment is during pool maintenance and repair.
Aqua-Barrier® the Superior Choice
In these dryer months, many contractors make the misguided decision to use sandbags. Sandbags are less efficient, environmentally unsafe and costly to dispose of. The benefits of Aqua-Barriers® aren’t only for construction sites with deep water; temporary cofferdams are the most ideal solution for construction site dewatering (and more!) in all seasons. Contact us to learn more about using the Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam system for summertime dewatering and find out which size is most appropriate for your project.
Hurricane season 2016 is upon us. You may be wondering, like most property owners, how active this season will be. The 30-year average is 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. The expectation this year is almost identical. Meteorologists expect to see 13 named storms, five hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. You don’t have to remember very far back to realize the devastation just one hurricane can bring. If you haven’t already prepared, now is the time to make sure your family will be safe and your property is carefully protected.
Preparing Yourself and Your Family
First things first, you want to be sure that you and your family are prepared for the risks that hurricane season impose. The safety of you and your loved ones should be a top priority. When a hurricane watch or warning is issued is not the time to begin your preparations – start before the season begins.
Here are a few things you can do to make sure you and your family are ready for hurricane season:
- Know evacuation routes.
- Gather all tools and supplies you may need, including non-perishable food items, plenty of fuel and water, and a complete first-aid kit.
- Be sure you have somewhere secure in your home to shelter in place from the storm if evacuation is not deemed necessary.
- Pay attention to local news sources for information on the weather and any impending danger to you and your family.
- Develop a communication plan and determine a place to meet, should you and your family become separated during the storm and lose phone and internet service.
- Invest in a generator to power the main part of your home and any life-saving medical equipment, if applicable.
How to Prepare Your Home
If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, you are familiar with the damage that can be caused to your home. And not just from the dangerous wind speeds, but the massive amount of water that is released during the storm. Inland flooding is a deadly hurricane threat responsible for more than half the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States. Most homeowners are prepared with insurance policies to cover the resulting damage, but many times are not aware of preventative measures you can take to minimize the risk of said damage.
Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home and minimize the risk:
- Invest in storm shutters for your windows or protect them with plywood boards.
- Secure outside objects that may be picked up by the high-speed winds and thrown against your home.
- Purchase or rent a flood barrier and install it around your home to keep flooding waters from entering your property and home.
While there is no way to completely avoid hurricane season, learning how to prepare for hurricanes can literally save your life as well as your home or business. Contact us to learn more about preventative measures you can take to minimize your risks.
Have you seen this viral video floating around the internet? It is real-time footage of a road being washed away in a matter of seconds due to flash flooding here in Texas recently. The first week of June saw a state of emergency declared for the State of Texas because of all of the flooding.
If a flash flood can do that kind of damage to maintained public roads, think of how much worse the damage can be to your house. However, you can protect your home and your wallet by installing easy to use flood protection products from WIPP solution by Hydrological Solutions.
WIPP® System Barriers Spare Texas Home
Homeowners in Ft. Bend County were a little late bringing in our WIPP® System to combat the Texas floods recently. There was already high water surrounding their home. The beauty of the WIPP System is that it didn’t matter.
We installed water inflated property protector barriers around the home. The standing water was then pumped out away from the home. The barriers keep more water from coming back or getting into the house. Of course, ideally, we want to help you prepare for a flood before it comes.
Still, we know firsthand just how fast rain can go from a downpour to a flash flood. This home is surrounded by one of our temporary dams. It is 675 linear feet and stands 4’ and 6’ tall.
Fast Temporary Flood Protection Installation
Without the WIPP® System in place, that home would have easily been inundated with water resulting in enormous repair costs. Instead, we provided fast temporary flood protection installation thereby limiting the actual damage to their home.
This family only contacted us after the flooding had already begun. If nothing else, these recent massive floods should serve as a warning to get ready ahead of time. Let us install a flood barrier for you and you won’t have to worry about water entering your home or business.
Just because the rain has stopped doesn’t mean that the danger is over. Flooding can happen again before the standing water around your home has even receded, leading to even more damage. We can pump out the standing water and protect your home from any further flood damage.
Get the WIPP System from Hydrological Solutions
The WIPP® system is sturdy, weather resistant, and reusable flood protection that can save your property when the next wave of flood waters come.
Perhaps the worst is over, or the worst is yet to come. Don’t get caught off guard by the next Texas flash flood. Get prepared now. Contact us for more information on using the WIPP® System to protect your home from flood waters.
With their unpredictable nature and destructive force, natural disasters are not a force to be reckoned with. While we cannot control the weather, there are proactive measures that we can take in order to mitigate the damages of a natural disaster such as a flood.
A flood can occur through many different ways outside of the typically acknowledged tropical storm or hurricane. Melting snow in the springtime, dam failures, tidal surges, and even local drainage issues can all contribute to a flood in your area. When a flood occurs in a residential home, homeowners can expect much of their valuables and property to be damaged or destroyed.
However, when a flooded wastewater treatment plant suffers damage, a whole community of people, including the personnel employed in the plant, can face far larger issues.
Clean drinking water becomes compromised during a flood, as power outages may hinder the plant’s operations and damaged assets in the plant may impede the conversion process of turning wastewater into a reusable water source.
Preventing a Flooded Wastewater Treatment Plant
According to the US EPA, practicing mitigation options is the best way to prevent floodwater from invasively appearing. Some of these options include crafting barriers around key assets, having an emergency back-up generator, and keeping key electrical equipment elevated.
Keeping these tips in mind will help to keep your wastewater facility from having to shut down. Back-up generators can prevent power outages and barriers/elevated equipment will minimize damage to the plant’s facilities and keep the staff from enduring dangerous working conditions.
The WIPP® Solution
Consider WIPP® as a solid solution for preventing invasive waters from entering your water or wastewater facility. This innovative water inflated flood barrier, acts as your property’s bodyguard, blocking any floodwater from entering. Installing the WIPP around the barrier of your plant before the start of a possible flood will greatly minimize and prevent any damage from occurring. Once all of the water has dissipated, the WIPP can simply be deflated and stored for the next possible flood occurrence.
Flood damage can reap havoc on treatment plants that are not well prepared, leaving you and your community at a disadvantage for clean drinking water.
Hydrological Solutions is aware of the potential harm that floods may cause as we work toward protecting your water or wastewater facility from unforeseen and devastating damage. Contact us to learn more about being prepared for disastrous floods.
If you are anywhere up north, it’s likely your area has received large amounts of snow already this year. Snowy banks and icy rivers can set the scene for a beautiful winter wonderland, but when the temperatures rise, and the snow and ice begin to melt, you can have a big problem on your hands.
What Causes Snowmelt Flooding?
Snowmelt flooding is a common threat in the months leading up to spring. Not only does the ice and snow become water, but the hardened ground is unable to absorb the abundance of water produced. As this water flows from the surface into natural water sources such as lakes and streams, the excess begins to overflow and spill into the roadways and terrains, posing a threat for residential and commercial flooding.
How to Prepare Your Property for the Spring Thaw
While snowmelt itself cannot be prevented, a proper flood barrier system can reduce the likelihood that your property is damaged by the flooding waters. Flood barriers can be placed around your home or commercial building to keep the rising waters out and protect your property.
The WIPP® Flood Barrier System
Hydrological Solutions’ Water Inflated Property Protector or WIPP® System, is designed to reduce the risk and minimize the damage to commercial and residential property caused by snowmelt flooding. This flood barrier system is made from industrial grade vinyl coated polyester and laminated between two layers of flexible polyvinyl chloride and comes in a variety of sizes to best fit your needs.
Unlike sandbags, The WIPP® is environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and easy to install. Hazmat procedures are not required for disposal – you simply deflate the WIPP®, roll it up, and store it and then reuse it next time the snowmelt flooding poses a threat to your home or commercial building.
Learn more about the how the WIPP® compares to Sandbags for Flood Protection.
It is important to be thoroughly prepared for the damage caused by flooding, but why go through the hassle of repairing or rebuilding when the WIPP® can prevent the destruction of your property? Add the WIPP® Flood Barrier to your flood emergency preparedness plan and take away the worry and stress associated with the damage that snowmelt flooding can cause.
Contact Us to find out more about the WIPP® for snowmelt flooding protection.