On the shores of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, Wisconsin’s proximity to the Great Lakes greatly influences its climate. Warm air blowing in from Canada across Lake Michigan makes the east and south experience warmer temperatures and a longer growing season. The lake effect from Lake Superior causes heavy snowfall and storms in the Snowbelt.
As the temperature increases in the spring, the snow melts and heavy rains are more common. The excess water from these events can cause flooding throughout Wisconsin. The effects of global warming on the Great Lakes are also exacerbating the region’s flooding. For properties in the Wisconsin floodplains or at-risk areas, homeowners should consider flood barrier solutions for property protection.
Water-filled barriers are a reliable, cost-effective solution for flood control. They can also isolate work areas for dewatering and store water. The AquaDam’s patented design makes it the most effective water dam available in Wisconsin.
How the AquaDam Works
The AquaDam includes two flexible, watertight tubes constrained by a woven outer sleeve and supported by a vertically oriented stability baffle. Its material is a virgin resin high-grade polyethylene and polypropylene that has a negligible environmental impact. AquaDam’s technology is patented and the only solution of its kind available.
When using the AquaDam, transport it to the starting point and unroll it, exposing the tubes. Then fill the tubes with water from the area until reaching the right height. Bend the water dam to a precise position to use fewer barriers for the project.
After the high water has receded, leaving the dry ground, the AquaDam can be drained by a siphon or pump, and then rolled up for storage. The AquaDam has a high potential for reuse, but the reusability of an AquaDam is not guaranteed.
Residential Flood Barriers in Wisconsin
As melting snow, rain showers and climate change continue to cause flooding throughout the state, homeowners need to investigate reliable, cost-effective options that will lessen property damage. Flood barriers for homes in Wisconsin, such as the AquaDam, are useful for this application.
Place this water-filled barrier around the property to isolate the area and deter floodwater. The AquaDam also supports dewatering, if necessary. Having this water dam in place with other flood control methods may reduce losses. AquaDam flood control barriers are available in heights of 4 feet or lower; larger AquaDams are available by special request after site review.
Though some Wisconsin homeowners use sandbags as their water dam solution, the AquaDam has higher success rates and a lower cost. This initial cost can be recuperated when the AquaDam saves a property from flood damage.
Wisconsin Cofferdams for Commercial Applications
Apart from protecting homeowners during flooding, there are other uses for AquaDam water-filled barriers in Wisconsin, including isolating work areas for construction work, protecting government infrastructure, and other water control applications.
Use a cofferdam at a construction site to isolate a submerged work area. The barrier makes it possible to dewater the work area or protect the environment from runoff. Installation produces no issues with noise or vibration pollution, which protects the well-being of the wildlife near the job site.
Standard lengths are available up to 1,200 feet and height options up to 16 feet. This variety makes it possible to find the ideal water dam based on job site specifications. The AquaDam will also work as expected in any temperature conditions.
Police and fire departments, electrical substations, water treatment plants and hospitals are at risk during severe flooding. Protecting critical infrastructures is vital to ensure that people can still access these services.
Many governments in the U.S. have used the AquaDam to prepare for floods and hurricanes. Installation requires a small crew and as little as one day of work, but these flood barriers are worth the investment, as they save local and state governments from paying damage costs. They also isolate turbid water that can harm human and animal health.
Other Water Control Applications
Apart from isolating an area for dewatering in construction, Wisconsin cofferdams have other special uses. The AquaDam can help with:
Repairing boat ramps
Isolating hazardous spills
Water Storage AquaDams in Wisconsin
The AquaDam is the best place to store large volumes of water during projects when the job site is small. Its tubes can hold thousands of gallons of water in temporary storage — a significantly higher capacity than cylindrical tanks in the same space.
There are two ways to store water with an AquaDam:
Storage internal to an AquaDam, as a stand-alone unit
The AquaDam is used as a perimeter berm, surrounding an above-ground area, that, when lined, forms an above-ground, open-top (covers available) water storage area with no excavation required. Stored water can be accessed anywhere along the perimeter
Use the AquaDam as a water storage solution:
When requiring a reserve for fire protection
While retrofitting and renovating a tank
For irrigating crops when the local supply runs out
When creating a wildlife water reservoir
Benefits of AquaDam as Temporary Water Filled Barriers for Wisconsin
While there are many temporary water-filled barriers available, the AquaDam leads the temporary water-filled perimeter flood barrier sector. Sandbags and other traditional earth-filled materials are slow, dirty, and costly to install and remove, with dubious efficacy.
Choosing water-filled barriers in Wisconsin results in:
Quicker deployment. AquaDams take less time to deploy since water on-site serves as the fill material. Deployment and recovery can take as little as one day.
Lower labor costs. AquaDams water-filled barriers require less labor to construct, compared to traditional earth-filled structures, like sandbags. Water can be pumped continuously with little effort, while sandbags must be filled, transported and placed individually.
Minimal environmental impact. The AquaDam’s materials are environmentally cleaner and conform to the Clean Water Act requirements. Other solutions use sand or dirt that can seep into the water and harm animal and human health. The AquaDam avoids this shortcoming since the fill material is water that prevents turbidity.
Greater effectiveness. AquaDams are more effective than any other water control solution, because they are water-filled, conforming to uneven ground surface elevations. The body of the AquaDam is impermeable, eliminating the possibility of seepage through the barrier. Some seepage through the ground beneath the AquaDam should be expected and planned for.
Minimal waste. Removing the AquaDam leaves little to no waste. Water at the site serves as the fill material — not harmful gravel or sand.
Wisconsinites: Order Your Water-Filled Barrier Today!
For flood barriers, dewatering and storage in Wisconsin, the AquaDam is a reliable, consistent and competitively priced solution. It’s a sturdy flood control option that can deter water from an isolated area during flooding, and it aids in dewatering construction sites. The AquaDam is also useful for temporarily storing large volumes of water or damming a job site for a special task.
Contact AquaDam today to purchase an AquaDam for your residence, construction project or storage need.