Here’s why an onsite consultation is necessary
Dredging, if not done right, could be dangerous business. When we dredge, we’re interacting directly with an environment that’s delicate. The slightest mishap could be extremely destructive to both the natural environment and the area that’s being altered. Our dredging company, before we dredge, observes the surroundings including the water, the sand bed, and the materials that are going to be moved. Being vigilant is the best step in preventing mishaps, and mishaps are easy to avoid if you’re attuned to these steps.
If you haven’t noticed, U.S. Aqua Services also offers dredging equipment rental. And while we make safety a priority, we’re not normally there every step of the way when other companies use our equipment. We do put our faith in the due diligence of these companies, but we also offer free consultations for whoever does choose to rent our dredging equipment. We’re experts in the dredging company, and we provide our free consultations to help prevent issues. Here’s why a free consultation is necessary when it comes to a job as risky as dredging.
First things first, dredging, if done correctly, should not affect the natural environment in a negative way. However, if the job is completed haphazardly, the risk of ruining the natural and constructed environment is high. When we provide a consultation, we examine the entire environment. This includes the water, the depth of the sediment, what type of wildlife exists, and what is surrounding the water. Each dredging job depends on the environment, and sometimes we may even suggest that dredging isn’t a viable option.
We also survey the environment where the sediment is being exported to. We have to do this to make sure the materials in each are compatible. For example, transporting sediment can be dangerous to the environment if the pH of each material is different because of how sensitive the microbiomes are to any subtle changes. Testing all of this ahead of time is crucial!
Helps determine what equipment to use
Our dredging company uses two types of dredging machines: hydraulic and electric. Each are quite different and work optimally in different environments. To put things in perspective, a pond is vastly different than an ocean, and therefore different machines are necessary for each. Hydraulic machines are more powerful and are designed to dredge in deeper water. Electric systems, conversely, are better for shallower environments. During a consultation, we’ll observe the depths and give a recommendation.
Another important thing that needs to be observed before choosing the proper equipment is the sediment itself. If it’s extremely rocky and solid, then you can’t just suck it up—that’ll break the equipment. A mechanical cutter is needed to break up the sediment before it could be scooped up and transported.
Needed to accurately plan
To safely dredge, you can’t just pick up some sediment and toss it in the first place that seems fit. You need to measure out the amount of sediment you plan on transporting, where exactly it needs to be moved to, and how long the job is going to take—dredges are machines that need fuel to operate. This is for both efficiency and safety purposes.
There is a reason why we always offer onsite consultations for our clients. When it comes to dredging, you need to be safe and precise. Laziness and sloppiness isn’t an option for our dredging company. However, by following safety procedures, you reduce the risk of damage exponentially. If you’re interested in dredging equipment rental, don’t hesitate to contact U.S. Aqua Services for both high-quality dredging equipment and a free onsite consultation.