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The Insider’s Guide to Snowmelt Flooding Protection

The Insider’s Guide to Snowmelt Flooding Protection

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

DSC00428While 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.

Dewatering: Keep Your Pipeline Construction Worksite Dry

Dewatering to keep a Pipeline Construction site dryPipeline construction projects involve a great deal of time, money and resources. Dedicated engineers, general contractors, project managers and construction crews work diligently to ensure the process is smooth and cost-effective.

However, construction sites located under water or in water logged areas present an interesting challenge. You have to keep the worksite dry in order to complete the project and ensure the safety of your team.

How do you Keep an Underwater Worksite dry?

A worksite that runs under a lake or other area of water will require dewatering to prepare the site before work can begin. Dewatering removes ground or surface water and has traditionally been done by pumping or using sandbags.

However, the pumping process can be costly and sandbags have proven to have their own set of issues, including a negative impact on the environment.  

A Better Alternative for Dewatering

Fortunately, there is an environmentally-safe option available for keeping your pipeline construction site dry. The Aqua-barrier cofferdam has saved project managers hundreds of thousands of dollars in pumping costs with no environmental footprint!

How does the Aqua-barrier Cofferdam work?

The Aqua-barrier cofferdam is designed to withstand pressure and friction, even when exposed to uneven water pressure. Where sandbags are time-consuming to fill and lay, and pumping must be done repeatedly to keep the site dry, the cofferdam is easily set up in a matter of 2-3 hours, and remains steady throughout the course of the project.

An Aqua-barrier cofferdam is also an effective dewatering tool for underwater pipeline inspections. Eliminate the need for costly pumping and filthy sandbags and give the cofferdam a try.

Read more about how the Aqua-barrier cofferdam works.

For more information on how Hydrological Solutions can help you keep your worksite dry with an Aqua-barrier cofferdam, please read our FAQs, and then contact us to get started.

Aqua Barrier for Various Dewatering Projects

Hydrological Solutions provides industrial products to meet and exceed the demands of a variety of dewatering projects. But what does dewatering actually mean? And how is it used in an industrial setting?

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Dewatering is a term used to remove water from solid material or soil.  The methods of dewatering vary based on need and specifications for each project.  In order to complete a successful dewatering project, the area needs to have a perimeter around it to secure the area inside to prevent (additional) water to come inside.

Dewatering projects come in all shapes and sizes. Hydrological Solutions’ Aqua Barrier Cofferdam provides a multi-purpose solution to:

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With an inflatable dam, large boulders and rocky surfaces were not a problem! Cofferdams come in many sizes allowing you to work in water up to 6 feet deep.  An inflatable dam can be installed quickly giving you the edge on competing bidders.  If you are currently searching for a cost effective way to dewater an area to prevent invasive water from entering the job site, our flood barriers were designed to meet those needs.

Contact us today for more information.



We Have Hydrological-Solutions to Your Water Problems

We Have Hydrological-Solutions to Your Water Problems

Hydrological-Solutions, Inc. is dedicated to finding solutions to our clients’ pressing detatering, water control, and flood control problems. In doing this, we provide the highest quality products and services. Below are several of our products that can provide solutions to both industrial and residential properties:

Aqua-Barrier Inflatable Cofferdam

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The Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam can prevent and be a vital dewatering solution for a multitude of projects such as boat, bridge, and dam construction, pipeline repairs, and shoreline restoration.

Aqua-Barriers can be easily installed in hours, and upon completion of the project they can be drained, deflated and rolled up ready for the next project. They leave no environmental footprint and are a safer and more affordable than sandbags.



The Water Inflated Property Protector, or WIPP, reduces the risk of damage to valuable property while maximizing protection during floods. WIPP® is the ultimate flood barrier that can be used for both residential and commercial areas. Using WIPP® to guard your home or business by placing it around the premises will help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property.

WIPP® units are constructed from industrial grade vinyl coated polyester. This fabric is laminated with a base of woven polyester between two layers of flexible polyvinyl chloride. These units can be REPAIRED EASILY in the field in wet or dry conditions, are REUSABLE and provide for compact storage, transportation and ease of handling.


Tent Stabilization

Hydro Anchors are smaller vinyl water inflated barriers that provide weight and anchorage for a variety of uses. They are easily filled and installed and reusable again and again. Hydro-Anchors are perfect for holding down tents, wooden structures, and providing constant weight for pressure for construction purposes.





Our commitment to our clients is backed by research and development to improve our existing products and develop other products to serve our clients needs and to maintain high levels of expertise in the industry. To learn more about our company and our products, contact us today!

Flood Protection for Residential Properties

Flood Protection for Residential Properties

Weather patterns this past year have lead to an increases in unprecedented amounts of flooding that have not been seen in decades. Luckily advancements in technology have made it available to
more accurately predict when and where natural disasters can occur. Depending on the natural disaster we can estimate how much major damage to both land and property there may be.

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The WIPP® system, or the Water Inflated Property Protector is a product developed by Hydrological Solutions to minimize the risk of damage to businesses’ or consumers’ valuable property while maximizing protection during floods.



Using WIPP® to guard your home or business by placing it around the premises will help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property. You may have tried using sandbags to prevent invasive water from entering your property. However, there are several problems with sandbags:


  • Time-consuming to lay and fill, difficult to handle.
  • Susceptible to leaks
  • Can become contaminated waste once soaked with filthy floodwaters full of bacteria, creating disposal problems.
  • They aren’t environmentally safe like the WIPP® system.

WIPP® are made from industrial grade vinyl coated polyester laminated with a base of woven polyester between two layers of flexible polyvinyl chloride. WIPP unites can be quickly and easily repaired in the field in wet or dry conditions. Most importantly, they are reusable, compact and provide for easy transportation and handling. Customization of sizes are available.

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For more information on sizing and options, contact us today.