During the colder months, many businesses and construction sites may not think to safeguard against flooding. If you’re part of this majority, you might think hurricane season is the important time to think about flooding. However, according to FEMA, winter flooding is a major risk for every part of the United States, whether you’re near the coast or not. This winter, make sure your construction site is prepared for this weather threat.
Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the US, and the wintertime isn’t an exception. From storm surges in coastal areas to river flooding from ice jams, no area is protected from winter weather. In the construction industry, the chance of winter flooding can cause extensive damage and project delays. Practice these five steps to get your site ready.
Watch the weather forecasts
Install flooding protection
Store your equipment properly
Plan for project delays
Protect your employees
1) Watch the weather forecasts
Stay ahead of incoming storms by keeping a close eye on what weather forecasters are predicting. For an updated flood outlook for your area, reference the National Weather Service’s updates. Depending on the location of your worksite, the prediction center can help you plan better for potential flooding.
2) Install flooding protection
Be ready for heavy rains and melting snow with a flood protection solution designed for you. Whether you need to install a metal flood barrier or inflatable cofferdam, make sure the barrier is accessible. If water levels were to rise during a storm, you need to be ready. By protecting against winter flood, you can minimize the amount of water damage that affects your site.
Pro Tip: The Aqua-Barrier is an excellent flood control alternative to traditional sandbags. Make sure the cofferdam is apart of the emergency aid kit for your business.
3) Store your equipment properly
Keep your equipment dry and warm this winter season. The severity of winter storms can be hard to predict, but it’s important to have a way to protect your equipment. By moving trucks to higher ground, using appropriate hydraulic oils for cold temperatures, and providing a way to warm tools, you can ensure the durability of your equipment.
4) Plan for project delays
Include weather-based extensions in the contract for your construction project. As much as you’d like to stick to your project’s schedule, rain, snow and ice storms can prevent your workers from being able to build. Be sure to schedule a reasonable completion date by planning for weather delays in advance.
5) Protect your employees
Have you prepared an emergency plan for your employees? In the unfortunate case that your worksite is flooded, it’s important to have a way to keep your employees safe during and after the storm. Be sure to have a first aid kit and communication system convenient for all employees to use in the time of a severe storm.
Are you ready for the winter months?
Whether your construction site is near a body of water or not, it’s important to have the resources available to protect your team and equipment in the winter. That being said, the risk of flood damage is ongoing throughout the year. Make sure you’re prepared to handle the changing weather conditions for your next construction project.
The use of sandbags for flooding protection has been in existence for a while. In the case of a severe storm, sandbags might be your go-to solution to make sure water doesn’t get into your home or business. With new technological innovations, there’s an alternative to consider–it’s called an inflatable dam.
You might be familiar with bags filled with sand to protect from rising floodwater, but what about an inflatable dam? Our Aqua-Barrier system has stood the test of time and is designed for any situation. Still not convinced? See how Aqua-Barrier compares with the use of sandbags for flood protection.
An Aqua-Barrier system is an inflated dam that is made of industrial-grade vinyl-coated polyester that is used for dewatering and flood protection. It can be inflated to surround your commercial business.
During an emergency, they’re usually provided at no charge at public stations.
Due to their size, they are easy to transport and can be placed in small areas.
A lot of time and effort is required to fill the sandbags and set up before a storm.
Unfortunately, sandbags aren’t fully waterproof, and water can seep in-between the bags.
After an emergency, Hazmat procedures are necessary for disposal due to the bacteria found in floodwater.
Because of the contamination, they’re not reusable or eco-friendly.
The Results are In
Unfortunately, it’s apparent that the practice of filling bags with sand might be doing more harm than good. Instead of wasting materials that negatively impact the environment, consider using an inflatable dam. Our Aqua-Barrier system can be used across the globe and has continually proven to minimize flood damage.
Contact us today about the different Aqua-Barrier systems available for your home or business.
Hurricane season lasts through the end of November 2019, and every new tropical storm forming in the Gulf brings the possibility of flooding along the coast. Anyone who’s ever dealt with a flooded home or business knows the huge amount of money and work involved in returning to normal. A much better solution to the problem is to act preventively and guard against flooding in the first place. What kind of commercial flood control measures have you set in place?
Protecting your commercial property from floodwaters involves plenty of work ahead of time. However, the safety of your business is well worth the investment of time and effort. Try these tried-and-true methods to keep flooding away from your workplace.
If you aren’t expecting the floodwaters to get very high, you can protect your business by simply blocking off the entrances with waterproof barriers. One excellent choice for these barriers is the EZDam, a 3-4 foot tall metal cover that installs perfectly over a standard-sized door. The EZDam is easy to install or remove once the waters have receded, and because of its small size, storage is also simple. In a pinch, an EZDam is the perfect flood barrier for moderate water levels.
Acquire an Aqua-Barrier
Unfortunately, sometimes floodwaters may be too high for an EZDam to handle. That’s where the Aqua-Barrier comes in. This inflatable cofferdam is capable of holding off 6 feet of water when fully inflated. Before the flood arrives, simply unroll the Aqua-Barrier, inflate it with water, and overlap the ends for a fully watertight seal. A few hours of prep work will save you hundreds of hours and countless dollars on repairing water damage later!
Prepare the Interior
Unfortunately, sometimes water still manages to get inside your business. After preventive measures like flood barriers, the best thing you can do is prep the inside of your business for even a low amount of water. Store important documents and supplies on high shelves or remove them from the building entirely. Cover any appliances in waterproof materials and store them in a dry area. The fewer things are left in your business to potentially suffer damage, the better.
Pro Tip: If you can’t move a particular object that could take damage (like a checkout stand in a grocery store), make sure you’ve insured it. Even if you can’t avoid damage, insurance will make the repair process easier.
Reliable Flood Protection for Your Property
Temporary flood barriers will do an excellent job keeping water out of your commercial property, drastically reducing the need for cleanup or damage control afterward. Better yet, since you won’t need to spend a huge amount of time getting back on your feet, you’ll avoid expensive downtime and get your business up and running again in record time. Why wait to clean up flood damage? Take charge of preventive measures and decide what type of commercial flood control you’ll be using this fall!
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Hurricane season lasts until November 30. Is your business ready to deal with the potential flooding and severe weather we could be facing over the next 4 months? Before the water starts rising, make sure you’ve taken all the necessary preventive steps to keep your business safe.
Water damage is one of the most devastating forms of destruction a business can face. To keep your workplace safe, make sure you’ve implemented these 4 crucial steps ahead of time:
Practice using an Aqua-Barrier
Secure flood insurance
Backup your business
1) Practice Using an Aqua-Barrier
Setting up and inflating a water-filled Aqua-Barrier around your business will help keep rising waters away. But before the flooding starts, make sure you know how to properly install the barrier! Review the installation methods and practice inflating and unrolling the Aqua-Barrier in the place you need it to be. Once the time comes, you’ll be ready to quickly set up the Aqua-Barrier and protect yourself.
2) Secure Flood Insurance
If you live in a flood-prone part of the country, flood insurance may be mandatory. Whether it’s required or not, a business located on the coast should always make sure to have excellent flood insurance in case of a disaster. Apply through the federal government’s flood insurance program.
Pro Tip: In tandem, flood insurance and well-built flood barriers are excellent ways to protect your business this hurricane season.
3) Backup Your Business
Property damage isn’t the only concern in a flood. Valuable information and client data can also disappear from water-damaged computers and equipment in your business. Backup every single piece of business information and history in a secure location, whether in cloud storage or in a separate office less prone to flooding. Don’t let a natural disaster cripple your business.
Protecting Your Workplace from Flooding
Unfortunately, there isn’t a realistic method to completely prevent floods from happening. However, you can easily take steps to protect your business and keep water damage as minimal as possible. Your coworkers and budget will thank you for using smart flood control methods.
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A storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico passed tropical depression status in a matter of hours, earning the title of a tropical storm from the National Hurricane Center on July 11. With winds reaching speeds of 40 mph and a predicted 20 inches of rain in some locations, Tropical Storm Barry is expected to continue growing stronger and potentially even become Hurricane Barry by July 12-13. Landfall is expected on Saturday in mid-Louisiana.
Tropical Storm Barry has already caused significant flooding in New Orleans, and much more is expected this weekend. Although Texas may be lucky enough to escape the worst of the heavy rains and floods, increased rain across the southern Texas region indicates a need to prepare for what’s to come.
The path of the developing hurricane is predicted to just barely miss the Houston area. However, that doesn’t mean Texas will get off scot-free. Houston, Galveston, and the surrounding areas will likely experience a 13-25% chance of hurricane-force winds, according to ABC-13. At least 3 inches of rain is also likely, though downpours should be expected.
Pro Tip: Heavy rains and winds could knock out your power temporarily. If this happens, track Hurricane Barry’s path and upcoming weather through the ABC-13 mobile app.
Protect Your Property from Flooding
Hurricane Barry’s high winds and potential for heavy rains can cause severe damage to unprotected buildings. For your business, consider an Aqua-Barrier to keep the flooding in check and ensure your business can open quickly after the storm has passed. Even a few inches of water can damage your business severely–don’t let it get to that point.
Other Hurricane Preparations
Once the flood barriers are in place, make sure you have all the standard hurricane supplies you’ll need:
Food and supplies for any pets
Flashlights and batteries
A battery-powered radio, battery packs for your phones, or some other way to monitor the weather
Enough gas to fill your car
While the weather may not get much worse than a severe thunderstorm for much of Texas, power outages are still likely. Additionally, if things escalate and the National Weather Service institutes a mandatory evacuation, make sure you have enough supplies to leave immediately.
Preparing for the Worst
During hurricane season, the weather can behave in a strange and seemingly unpredictable manner. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take to protect yourself and your property from heavy rains and high winds. Take the time to prepare for Hurricane Barry and be ready to sit out the rain over the weekend.
Connect with us to learn more about hurricane preparation and keep an eye on the weather!
What immediately comes to mind when you think about flood prevention? If you’re like most people, you probably imagine building walls out of sandbags to hold back the water. Sandbags have indeed been used for many years and are a reasonably effective way to prevent water damage. However, they’re far from a perfect solution. Laying down sandbags costs valuable time, and even then water can leak between the cracks. For modern businesses, the problem of flooding requires a better solution.
As technology improves, better flood protection solutions are supplanting sandbags as the go-to flood barrier. These sandbag alternatives prevent flood damage while also reducing the time needed to set them up, the environmental impact of sandbags, and potential leakage of floodwater. Which of these is right for your business?
Metal flood barriers
1) Traditional Cofferdams
Cofferdams made of steel or concrete have been nearly as popular as sandbags for many years. While they do a good job holding back floodwaters, these cofferdams also present a cleanup challenge. Hauling away all the building materials can cost valuable time and money and potentially leave waste behind. Besides, who has the time to build a concrete wall when a flood is on the way?
2) Inflatable Barriers
Why not make the floodwater itself block the flood? With an inflatable bladder dam such as the Aqua-Barrier, the floodwater fills the bladder to form a wall. A fully inflated Aqua-Barrier can hold back as much as 6 ft of water and silt, protecting your business from any further damage. Once the flood is over, just drain the water. Not only is an inflatable flood barrier a great way to take advantage of your circumstances, but it also provides an environmentally friendly, waste-free solution.
Pro Tip: Install the Aqua-Barrier on a dry surface as a preventive measure against a flood. Setup is simple–just unroll and fill with water!
3) Metal Flood Barriers
While an inflatable dam will help hold back really deep floodwaters, a less threatening flood can be diverted with a metal barrier such as the EzDam. These dams fit perfectly over doorways and can block 3-4 ft of flood water. These barriers completely eliminate the need for any cleanup or disposal of your dam afterward–you don’t even have to drain them as you would an inflatable dam. Just move them out of the way once the water’s all gone!
Protecting Your Business
Water damage is expensive to repair and has the potential to get worse if the water is allowed to stay for too long. Additionally, the more repairs your business requires, the longer you’ll have to wait to start serving customers again, costing even more money. Take advantage of these high-quality sandbag alternatives to keep your business safe from flooding and get back to work as soon as possible.
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