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Your Guide to Boat Ramp Renovation

Your Guide to Boat Ramp Renovation

Your Guide to Boat Ramp Renovation

Nothing lasts forever and that includes boat ramps, too. Through years of use, a boat ramp can deteriorate or break apart and become dangerous, making it unsafe to use. When the structure of your boat ramp is compromised, it's time for a renovation. Click To Tweet

Renovating a Boat Ramp

Whether the boat ramp is for private or public boating access, it is imperative there is a safe ramp that can handle different types and sizes of boats. During the renovation process, it is important to make sure to take certain guidelines into consideration. Here is a quick guide to help you on your next boat ramp renovation.

Boat Ramp Site Considerations

Before you begin your renovation process, you need to take into consideration what the ramp is being used for, site accessibility, the water depth, and siltation rates. Make sure to analyze the impact of aquatic plants, as well as the fish and wildlife. Make sure you have correct permits in place before you begin as well.

Construction Specifications

A proper site plan needs to coordinated so you don’t run into issues of the boat landing being too small, not enough turning radius, or the parking area being too small. Once you have your site plan, it is important to create a ramp design. The size of your ramp is an important factor and needs to accommodate boats and trailers of all sizes. Make sure to figure the slope and width, and take into consideration the area around the ramp, too. Ramps around rivers or angled may have silt issues if stabilized ditches are not placed along the sides of the ramp to catch runoff after heavy rains.

Dewatering Process

To accurately perform a boat ramp renovation, dewatering the area is a top priority. There are a few dewatering methods, but an inflatable dam is a safe and environmentally friendly method that is safe and cost-effective. Cofferdams come in a variety of sizes and can work in water up to six feet deep. An Aqua Barrier® Inflatable Water Dam works well in rocky surfaces and gives you the edge on competitors.

Ramp Construction

Once you have dewatered the area of renovation, it is time to remove the old boat ramp and begin your new ramp construction. There are multiple ways to construct a concrete boat ramp, so decide which method will work best for your project. Make sure to choose good quality materials and construction methods, following specifications on the site plan.

Boat Ramp Renovation

The design of your site, the boat ramp plan, and the materials and tools you use will all impact your construction and maintenance costs. By careful planning and using environmentally friendly tools, like the inflatable water dam, your boat renovation project will be completed without any issues.

To learn more about how you can perform a successful boat ramp renovation, Contact Us.

Your Guide to Commercial Pool Maintenance

Your Guide to Commercial Pool Maintenance

All pools have one thing in common–they take maintenance. And, if proper maintenance isn’t kept up on commercial pools, it could lead to customer outrage and revenue loss. No one wants to stay at a hotel or resort that has a POOL CLOSED sign hanging up! Click To Tweet With proper pool maintenance, you can ensure that your pool is ready for use all year round.

Maintaining a Commercial Pool

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.

Pool Sanitization

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 with Aqua-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.

To learn more about commercial pool maintenance and the proper tools to do so, Contact Us.

Hydrological Solutions is Now HSI Services, Inc!

Hydrological Solutions is Now HSI Services, Inc!

Hydrological Solutions is proud to announce we have rebranded as HSI Services, Inc! With over 20 years of experience behind us, we offer water management expertise for various industries. More than a simple name change, we are excited to provide you our streamlined services and new products. HSI Services is ready to help with all your flood protection and dewatering needs.

About HSI Services, Inc.

HSI Services is dedicated to supporting our clients in achieving their objectives. We strive to provide the highest quality products and client services. We are committed to ongoing research and development to improve our existing products and develop new products to serve our client’s needs. Our objective is to offer the safest, most effective temporary cofferdams and flood barriers available to the industries we service.

What’s New

We have made our Aqua-Barrier Cofferdams and Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP) even better with key enhancements and upgrades. In addition, we now also offer various other products and accessories to fully equip you for all your water management needs.

1) Improved Products

Our temporary cofferdams now feature a stronger, heavier fabric. We have also instituted superior quality assurance equipment to refine our material testing process. Our repair process has also been evaluated and improved.

2) Regional Equipment Rental

Check out our new regional equipment rental service featuring items such as water pumps, air compressors, light stands, and blast pots. These products make HSI Services your one-stop shop for dewatering and flood protection.

3) Accessories

You can also now find accessory features with us such as floatable fittings, reflective safety strips, and patented lifting loops.  Your safety is important to us, so we offer the tools you need to get the job done right.

Superior Products

Our inflatable cofferdams remain the best in the market. We only use the highest quality materials, and all our products are reusable. For the best dewatering and flood protection solutions, choose HSI Services.

Read more on the Distinct Differences page on our website.

Ready to Serve You

At HSI Services, our goal is to continually improve our quality and increase the value we bring you. We strive for innovation, finding effective and cost-efficient ways to solve problems.  We are excited to continue giving you the best products and services in water management and making your job easier, faster, and better.

To learn more about our temporary cofferdams and rental equipment, Contact Us.

Installing an Inflatable Bladder Dam in Water

Installing an Inflatable Bladder Dam in Water

Dewatering a worksite requires installing an inflatable bladder dam in existing water. The water may be static or dynamic. Either way, the conditions may require specialized installation procedures.

Installing an Inflatable Bladder Dam in Static Water

An inflatable bladder dam,  such as the Aqua-Barrier® from Hydrological Solutions, makes installation simple and easy. Most installations can be done 3-5 times faster than conventional methods.

In static or non-moving water, the barriers are simply unrolled onto the water’s surface and floated into position. The barriers are buoyant and will float on the surface of the water until they are inflated. Once the barriers are in position, simply begin letting water into the barrier. Once the barriers sink into place, remove any remaining water from within the worksite.

Installation in Moving Water

A dynamic, or moving water installation, requires a little more effort and equipment to stabilize the barriers during installation. The ends of the barriers are controlled with hydraulic equipment such as a crane or track hoe and/or by anchoring at least one end to the shoreline. Even still installation is fast and simple compared to conventional methods in similar conditions.

The Advantage You Need

Step up your game by improving your dewatering process efficiency and quality with an inflatable bladder dam. Installation is typically much faster, easier, and more effective than conventional methods, and will save you money in the long run. Give yourself the dynamic advantage you need to blow past your competition every time.

Contact Us to learn more about how inflatable bladder dams will improve your dewatering process and bottom line.