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Cofferdam Options: Rent or Purchase?

Cofferdam Options: Rent or Purchase?

Cofferdam Options: Rent or Purchase?

The Aqua-Barrier® Water-Inflated Dams are the most effective, cost-saving, and efficient dewatering solution on the market today. Cofferdams are reusable, reliable, and environmentally friendly. If your company is looking to make dewatering easier and wants to get away from time-consuming sandbags and other dewatering methods, an Aqua-Barrier cofferdam is the perfect solution.You might be wondering if you should you rent or purchase a cofferdam. Here are 3 helpful tips to help you decide which is best for your business. Click To Tweet

Should You Rent or Purchase an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam?

Both renting and purchasing an Aqua-Barrier Water-Inflated Dam are good options, but it’s best to choose the option that best suits your construction and dewatering needs.

  1. Cost Factors
  2. Frequent Flooding
  3. Construction Purposes

1) Cost Factors

There are advantages to both options, but when deciding between these them, the biggest factor should never be in regards to just the cost, but the frequency of the need should be the main deciding factor.

2) Frequent Flooding

Water-Inflated Dams are an essential tool for flood prevention and minimizing the damage of your businesses’ valuable property. If your business is in an area with frequent heavy rains and flooding, it might be a good choice to purchase your Aqua-Barrier cofferdam.

3) Construction Purposes

If you own a construction company, you know that dewatering is needed on nearly all construction projects. An Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is the ideal solution to creating the dry worksite needed for pipeline construction, bridge repairs, shoreline restoration, and other projects.

ProTip: Renting a cofferdam might be beneficial if you do not have a lot of work, but if you frequently need to dewater sites, you can easily save money and time by investing and purchasing a water-inflated dam.

Aqua-Barrier: The Smart Alternative

One thing is for certain, the Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is the perfect alternative to sheet piling and sandbags. They are environmentally friendly, as well as cost and time effective. Both renting and purchasing a cofferdam are good options, but if you find yourself having to rent as frequently as once a year, those costs tend to add up quickly.

Contact Us to learn more about whether renting or purchasing a cofferdam is the best option for your company.

Effective Flood Prevention for Your Worksites

Effective Flood Prevention for Your Worksites

It’s hard to predict and prevent every natural disaster that might affect your project. Flooding, however, is one that can be prevented if you take appropriate measures. Protect your hard work from the devastating effect of flood damage on your worksites.

Using the Water Inflated Property Protector for Flood Prevention

The WIPP® system from Hydrological Solutions is the perfect answer for protecting your worksites from flooding this hurricane season. You can’t afford to suffer any flood damage to any of your projects you work hard on. Consider the following 5 reasons to try WIPP® today:

1) Easy to Install.

The WIPP® system can be installed with minimal manpower and heavy equipment. It can be installed 3 – 5 times faster than conventional cofferdams.

2) Effective.

As the incoming water inflates the cofferdam, it forms an airtight seal and there are no cracks for the water to seep through. It remains the most effective flood prevention product on the market today.

3) Reusable.

Once the flood waters have subsided, the WIPP® system is deflated, easily transported, and is ideal for compact storage. The next time a storm comes, it can be re-deployed and used multiple times for years to come.

4) Environmentally Friendly.

Because the WIPP® system is reusable and uses materials readily available onsite, it is much more environmentally friendly than its conventional counterparts. It’s designed to leave minimal environmental impact.

5) Protect Your Projects.

Your projects are your income. It’s vital to protect them from the devastating impact of flooding that comes with the hurricanes and other storms of the season. Make sure your projects will be protected should the flood waters rise. Preventing flood damage is always better than restoration.

Have Peace of Mind

It’s hard to predict when the next major storm will come. Right now is the best time to prepare for potential future flooding. Invest in the WIPP® flood prevention system today and have the peace of mind that your projects are protected.

To learn more about flood prevention and dewatering solutions, Contact Us.

Flood Preparedness: What You Need to Know

Flood Preparedness: What You Need to Know

Flooding often happens along with many other storm-related events. For this reason, floods remain the #1 natural disaster in the U.S. Flooding can happen without warning and the damage is swift and devastating. The impact to life and property can seem beyond repair. Use the following guide to help prepare your family and property for flooding this year.

Flood Preparedness: The Basics

It’s never a good idea to walk or drive through flood waters, even if you think it’s only a few inches. 6 inches is enough for moving water to knock you off your feet. It only takes 2 feet to move your vehicle. Just don’t do it. At the first chance of flash flooding, move somewhere higher. If you are in your vehicle and the water is rising around you, take every precaution. If the water is not moving, abandon your vehicle to higher ground. It is extremely dangerous to exit your vehicle into moving floodwaters. Additionally, be smart where you park your car during heavy rainfall. Rivers and other streams are prone to flooding quickly. To be safe, just turn around.

What to do During a Flood Watch

When a flood watch is issued in your area, it means the conditions are good for flooding. You need to be aware. Keep your radio or tv turned on and tuned into a reliable source for weather updates and emergency information. Explore your surroundings for higher ground you could reach quickly, maybe even by foot. Take inventory of your emergency kit and make sure you have plenty of everything including a flashlight, batteries, a first aid kit, and extra cash. Be ready to turn off your electricity and gas at the main switch when instructed.

What to do During a Flood Warning

When a flood warning is issued in your area, it means flooding is already happening or will happen soon. You need to take action. Move immediately and remain on higher ground. Listen to emergency instructions and be ready to evacuate if directed. Do not drive or walk through flood waters, no matter how low you think they are.

What to do After a Flood

Wait for instructions from authorities to return safely to your home. Take photographs of any damage to your property for insurance claims. When you are out and about, watch for debris and eroded roads and pathways. Avoid standing water and driving through areas still flooded. Remember, there is a chance for electrocution due to downed power lines and other electrical hazards.

Before the Flood

It is a good time to make sure you are prepared in the case of heavy flooding. Make sure you have a flood emergency plan and be sure to restock your emergency kit. Look into your area emergency plans and locate places of higher ground should you need to evacuate. Flood insurance is a good protection to have, but keep in mind it only works after flood damage has already occurred. For flood prevention, consider purchasing a flood barrier. They are easy to deploy and store, and will prevent flood waters from damaging your property.

Be Prepared. Stay Dry.

You never know when flooding could happen in your area. Floods accompany many other storms and the damage they bring is devastating. Use this guide to know what to do before, during, and after flooding occurs. Contact Us for more information on flood preparedness and the use of flood barriers for prevention.

Preparing Your Property for Extreme Weather Conditions

Preparing Your Property for Extreme Weather Conditions

Nature never rests and neither can you when it comes to protecting your property. Thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes are unpredictable and pose serious threats to life and property. All three of these extreme weather conditions can also cause flooding. You never know when inclement weather will strike, so it’s good to always be prepared. Consider how to prepare your property for heavy flooding this year.

Extreme Weather and Flooding

According to floodsmart.gov, floods rank as the #1 natural disaster here in the United States. They are devastating to your property if you’re not prepared. The cost of just a few inches of floodwater can be tens of thousands of dollars. Normal homeowners insurance typically does not cover flooding. While it is a really good idea to have flood insurance, it always better to prevent flooding than recuperating from it. Since many different types of inclement weather also cause flooding, it is imperative to prepare your property for this year’s storms.

Prevention: The Best Option

This year make sure your property will not suffer damage from flooding by installing a flood barrier system. Prevent damage to your property from invasive water. A flood barrier system can be deployed within minutes by as little as 2 people. They can be repaired easily in wet or dry conditions, and are reusable. They create a barrier around your property by inflating themselves with the surrounding floodwater. Your property stays safe until the floodwaters recede.

Protect Your Property

There is no way to predict when inclement weather will pose a serious threat to your property. Your best defense is to prepare your property now for this year’s storms. Don’t get caught after the matter trying to repair damage and make insurance claims. Contact Us to learn more about how our flood barrier systems can protect your property during this year’s extreme weather and flooding.

How to Best Prepare for Hurricanes

How to Best Prepare for Hurricanes

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:

  1. Know evacuation routes.
  2. Gather all tools and supplies you may need, including non-perishable food items, plenty of fuel and water, and a complete first-aid kit.
  3. Be sure you have somewhere secure in your home to shelter in place from the storm if evacuation is not deemed necessary.
  4. Pay attention to local news sources for information on the weather and any impending danger to you and your family.
  5. 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.
  6. 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:

  1. Invest in storm shutters for your windows or protect them with plywood boards.
  2. Secure outside objects that may be picked up by the high-speed winds and thrown against your home.
  3. Purchase or rent a flood barrier and install it around your home to keep flooding waters from entering your property and home.

Learn More

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.