Whether you work on bridges, construction, or in any other field where water intrusion is likely, an inflatable cofferdam could be one of the essential pieces of equipment for your construction site. Cofferdams offer a low-cost and ecologically friendly alternative to traditional damming methods while being versatile enough to be deployed in emergencies.
What Is An Inflatable Cofferdam?
A Cofferdam is a barrier for construction work, ecological recovery, bridge repair, and can work on any surface beneath the water. The inflatable cofferdams from Dam-It-Dams are rugged dams made of thick plastic-like textiles, similar to synthetic materials like polyethylene or polyester. It is a durable material that can be inflated with water. The inflation process then produces pressure on the interior of the cofferdam tubing which creates a solid barrier that can stop almost all water from flowing past or over the inflatable dam.
Use Cases For Inflatable Cofferdams
There are many reasons why you may want to use a cofferdam. Some of the cases that would warrant the use of an inflatable cofferdam include the following:
- Bridge Work: Water intrusion when working on the lower parts of a bridge can pose a significant risk to workers and materials. When bridge repair or bridge construction needs to be done at or below the water’s surface, an inflatable cofferdam can provide a safe and dry space by temporarily clearing the area.
- Emergency Flooding: When a natural disaster strikes, an inflatable cofferdam can protect large swathes of lowland areas, small or large sections of construction sites, housing complexes, or anything else that may be sensitive to rising waters. This process can also assist in mitigating flooding in shallow rivers by stemming the flow upstream.
- Water Intrusion: Waters as low as just a few inches can create problems for a job site. From lowering overall safety to the destruction of materials, water intrusion is a common problem that the addition of a cofferdam can easily remove.
- Ecological Recovery: Whether an oil spill, a diverted river, or temporary damage to a natural habitat, a cofferdam can provide much-needed relief and protection to animal habitats and local ecology.
What Makes Inflatable Cofferdams So Cost-Effective?
The best quality of an inflatable cofferdam is its consistent reusability. So long as a cofferdam is removed and stored correctly, owners of a portable cofferdam will note that it can be used multiple times without the need for significant infrastructure. Most cofferdams can be installed by a team of as little as five people and require only minimal transport equipment. Additionally, the portable cofferdams from Dam-It-Dams can be rented rather than needing to be owned outright. This allows companies to avoid the hassle of owning and storing a product you rarely use or use only on a single job site; a rented inflatable cofferdam can be used case-by-case.
Additionally, cofferdams are incredibly versatile and can be adapted to nearly any situation. Due to their ability to be interconnected, a team of installers can manipulate a cofferdam to be formed to cover multiple lengths of topography, allowing for a single dam to be used on smaller streams or several to be combined to cover a large area in a bay or wide river.
Dam-It-Dams Provides Professional And Experienced Support for Inflatable Cofferdams
If you are interested in saving money and improving safety on a job site, then the experts at Dam-It-Dams can help. Here we will provide a customized inflatable cofferdam plan and instructions for use and storage that ensure your cofferdam will be a perfect fit, no matter the nature of your project. Call us today at 810-695-1695 to learn more about our highly versatile inflatable cofferdams.