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 usto learn more about preventative measures you can take to minimize your risks.
Natural Disasters cause extreme damage to property and land all over the world. Most of these disasters strike with no prior warning while others take hours or days to formulate. One of the most overwhelming forms of natural disasters is flooding.
Many parts of the United States have been put under flash flood warning due to the current unpredictable storms, as we’ve seen with Houston this week. Flooding caused by snow melt is expected in the north as spring snow begins to melt releasing a lot of water which is threatening to your home or business.
Whether you live in a flood-prone area or not, it’s important that you should always be prepared. While flood insurance can offer some relief by covering damages to property, there are many things that just cannot be replaced. And for the items that can let’s face it – dealing with the hassle is not anyone’s favorite thing to do!
Here are 5 Ways to Prepare for Flooding … beyond Flood Insurance:
Invest in a battery-powered sump pump
Using a Sump pump enables you to pump water out of your home in case of a flood. This tool can be an excellent defense mechanism against flooding. Choosing a battery powered sump pump is recommended in case your power goes out.
Move Expensive/Treasured Items to a Higher Location
If you have an attic or a second floor, move your photographs, furniture, and artwork to higher levels to protect them from the most severe floods. Elevate water pumps and furnaces when they are installed, if doable, to a height of 12” above the highest known flood level for your area.
Invest in a Flood Barrier
The Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP®) is an ultimate inflatable flood barrier that can be used for both commercial and residential areas. Using WIPP® to protect your business or home will aid in preventing invasive water from destroying your property. Install the flood barrier around your home or commercial property in anticipation of a natural disaster. When the inclement weather has passed, and the water has receded, simply deflate the WIPP® and store away until it’s needed again.
Clear Gutters and Drains
Keep your drainage systems and gutters clear to carry water away from your home. Check storm drains on your street since debris and leaves can block them causing water to collect around your home.
Spring for Extra Roof Protection
When the time comes to replace your roof, spend a few dollars more to fit a rubber roof underlayment which acts as a waterproof barrier that goes beneath the shingles and protects the roof from water incursion.
Floods are disastrous events that can leave you homeless or with extreme property destruction. At Hydrological Solutions, we know the challenges that flooding can present and want to help you protect your property from rising waters in your area. Contact us to learn more about how to prepare for a flood.
How the Aqua-Barrier® Compares to Other Temporary Cofferdams
Safe and reliable: The patented internal baffle provides the most stable and safe system on the market
Engineering: Aqua-Barriers are backed by engineering data (Master Spec, Engineer Stamp, Aqua comp Software)
Convenience: Manufacturing – Sales – Service – Repair … all in one place by a TEAM that has almost 50 years of experience cumulatively
Versatile: restrain water, contain water, divert water, frac and hydra testing, flood protection, erosion control, turbidity — we have done it all !
Unique qualities: No other water inflated dam has a patented internal baffle. It is unique to Aqua-Barrier and Hydrological Solution’s products as are the fittings and accessories
Reusable: Aqua-Barriers are designed for multiple uses and are infield repairable without replacement components
Labor reduction: The exclusive accessories – lifting loops / fill ports / drain ports / work in combination to reduce man-hours which results in savings during install and removal
World-Wide: Our products are sold world-wide and all are made in the USA
Service: our TEAM responds quickly to serve you with minimal wait time and that service does not end at POS – we are available throughout your project to give you the benefit of our experience and knowledge.
While the average person not immersed in the industry may not give it a second thought, we know that shorelines play a significant role in the ecological balance of the natural environment. Whether constructed by nature itself or engineered as in the case of a seawall or concrete barrier, erosion can occur, and the shoreline must be restored. Our environmentally friendly, temporary cofferdams will save you time and money on your next shoreline restoration project.
The Importance of Shoreline Restoration
Shorelines trар ѕеdіmеntѕ frоm uрlаnd run-оff.
Thеу reduce ѕеdіmеntѕ frоm еntеrіng thе wаtеr, whісh prevents оvеr fеrtіlіzаtіоn thаt саn lead to mаѕѕіvе wееd growth аnd аlgае blооmѕ. Shоrеlіnе рlаntѕ rесусlе nutrіеntѕ bеfоrе they аrе аblе tо rеасh the wаtеr.
A wеll planted ѕhоrеlіnе hеlрѕ aquаtіс аnіmаlѕ ѕuѕtаіn lіfе аnd thе рlаntѕ рrоtесt the ѕhаllоw wаtеr from wаrmіng. Thіѕ mаkеѕ a gооd hаbіtаt fоr mіnnоwѕ tо lіvе within thе еmеrgеnt рlаntѕ. Thе mіnnоwѕ аttrасt lаrgеr fіѕh аnd this рrоvіdеѕ bеttеr ѕhоrеlіnе fіѕhіng. Overall, shorelines рrеѕеrvе thе ecological bаlаnсе оf thе lake аnd рlауѕ аn еѕѕеntіаl rоlе іn thе bеаutу оf thе lаndѕсаре
Thе ѕhоrеlіnе аlѕо рrоvіdеѕ рrоtесtіоn frоm erosion. In аddіtіоn thе ѕhоrеlіnе рrоvіdеѕ рrіvасу аnd a ѕtunnіng vіеw оf thе lаkе.
Aqua Barrier® fоr Sеdіmеnt Cоntrоl and Shоrеlіnе Rеѕtоrаtіоn.
The Aqua Barrier® Temporary Cofferdam provides a cost-effective, environmentally friendly solution for protecting the shoreline during restoration projects. As you work to repair or rebuild the shoreline, the cofferdam works as a water barrier to sustain the natural environment and ecosystem. The cofferdam provides an efficient way to dewater the worksite and control sediment until the permanent shoreline is restored.
Whether you are laying pipes in a river or lake bed, performing maintenance on an underwater structure, or building a bridge, dewatering the worksite is a must. Cofferdams are widely used for this purpose and come in many shapes and forms. Water filled cofferdams have become a popular choice in many industries due to the many benefits associated with this type of solution.
Why Choose a Water Filled Cofferdam?
If you have never used a water filled cofferdam before for your projects, you may be wondering how it is different and how it compares to using sandbags or other types of cofferdams.
Here are 5 Key Benefits of using a Water Filled Cofferdam for your Next Project:
ONE: Water filled cofferdams are easy to fill and quick to install.
This type of cofferdam solution goes up very quickly and easily because the water does all the work.
TWO: Fill material is available in abundance on site
Water is readily available on site so you never have to worry about carrying enough fill material with you to set it up.
THREE: Molds perfectly to physical environment
Water is pliable and flexible. When you fill the cofferdam, it forms to the river bed, lake bed, or other environment with no resistance.
FOUR: Forms airtight seal to prevent water escape
With sandbags and other materials, you run the risk of water escaping through the cracks. With a water-filled cofferdam, this risk is eliminated due to the nature of the seal that is formed when it is installed.
FIVE: Eco-friendly, no environmental footprint
Water filled cofferdams are reusable and have no environmental impact. Not only does this reduce product waste, but also saves money as they do not have to be replaced often.
At Hydrological Solutions, we are experts on water filled cofferdams. Our Aqua-Barriers® are built to help provide our customers the peace of mind they deserve when working in sensitive conditions. For more information about Aqua-Barriers® Cofferdam, please visit our FAQ. If you’re interested in our effective inflatable cofferdam solution, give us a call at 936-372-1222 or toll free at 800-245-0199. We look forward to hearing from you.