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3 Sandbag Alternatives

3 Sandbag Alternatives

3 Sandbag Alternatives

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.

Are sandbags really the best way to protect your business from floodwaters? Try these 3 modern alternatives instead! Click To Tweet

Modern Flood Protection Solutions

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?

  1. Traditional cofferdams
  2. Inflatable barriers
  3. 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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5 Solutions to Flooding

5 Solutions to Flooding

No matter where you live, natural disasters like flooding are something to contend with. If you aren’t properly prepared, it could prove detrimental to your company. Worried about this year's flood seasons and wondering how to get your business ready? These 5 solutions can help keep your assets dry. Click To Tweet

What Steps Can I Take to Protect My Business From Flooding?

When you are appropriately ready with flood insurance, a solid risk assessment plan, and useful tools like an Aqua-Barrier® Water Inflated Dam, you can be less likely to experience damage to your business and assets. Here are five ways to make sure you are prepared for the next flood in your area.

  1. Flood Insurance
  2. Risk Assessment Plan
  3. Metal Flood Barriers
  4. Aqua-Barrier® Water Inflated Dam
  5. Always Be Prepared

1) Flood Insurance

It is imperative that you get flood coverage for your business–just in case. Typically, property insurance does not cover floods, so make sure to get the additional coverage through the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program.

2) Risk Assessment Plan

Creating a risk assessment plan should be a top priority when it comes to your business. Consider what needs to happen if there is flooding and get a plan of action in case employees are unable to make it to work. To prepare for a flood, consider an evacuation plan, as well as what items, materials, and equipment might be at risk, and how to best keep them safe during a flooding disaster.

3) Metal Flood Barriers

A metal flood barrier can be a great way to help shield your business from high-velocity water loads. These highly resistant metal flooding protection systems have a long and effective flood barrier in flood-prone areas all over the world.

ProTip: Metal flood barriers can be installed across specific openings or as a perimeter defense to help protect from flooding.

4) Aqua-Barrier® Water Inflated Dam

The Aqua-Barrier® is the ultimate flood barrier for commercial areas. Using an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam to guard your business by placing it around the premises will help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property. The Aqua-Barrier® is less timely to use compared to sandbags and is the environmentally friendly approach to flood protection.

5) Always Be Prepared

Minimizing potential water damage comes down to always being prepared. You can help keep your commercial company safe by keeping routine maintenance, such as keeping gutters and drains cleared, and that sump pumps are always in working order.

Top Solutions to Flood Prevention

The more prepared you are for a flood by creating a solid risk assessment plan and having the best tools ready, you can help protect your business from going underwater when floods are a threat.

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Aqua-Barriers: The Next Big Thing in Flood Protection

Aqua-Barriers: The Next Big Thing in Flood Protection

There is one thing no one can escape, and that’s a natural disaster. Luckily, with today’s advancements in technology, we can more accurately predict where disasters are going to occur in nature and therefore be more prepared. This can be especially important when it comes to flooding and protecting your industrial or commercial business. Instead of using older techniques to protect your business, like sandbags, the Aqua Barrier®  is making waves and has become the next big thing in flood protection. If you are wondering how to protect your assets during a flood, here are 5 reasons why you need to consider an Aqua-Barrier Water Inflated Dam. Click To Tweet

Why Use an Aqua-Barrier to Protect from Flooding?

Not being protected during a flood can be devastating to your business. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of small businesses that close during a natural disaster (like flooding) won’t reopen again. With statistics like these, it is imperative to take the right precautions and know what to do after a flood occurs. An Aqua-Barrier can help protect your business or commercial property from flooding and here are five reasons how it can help protect during a natural flooding disaster:

  1. Easy Installation
  2. Prevent Invasive Waters
  3. Save Time and Money
  4. Eco-Friendly Alternative
  5. Versatile with Various Terrains

1) Easy Installation

The Aqua-Barrier®  is easy to install before a flood devastates the area and can cause damage. The inner baffle is filled with water, inflating the dam in minutes, creating a safe barrier around your workplace, industrial or construction site.

2) Prevent Invasive Water

Everyone knows how flood waters can damage valuable assets, but you can guard your business by placing the Aqua-Barrier®  around the premises. It is created to help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property.

3) Save Time and Money

Many people are used to using old-fashioned sandbags to prevent against flooding, but this takes time and manpower to carry and stack them around your property. Not only do they take time to place them, but they also take a  lot of time to remove them after the flood, as well.

ProTip: Using an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam saves time and manpower compared with using traditional sandbags for protecting your business from a flood.

4) Eco-Friendly Alternative

While sandbags require Hazmat procedures for disposal, the Aqua-Barrier can easily be deflated and stored for future use, making them the eco-friendly alternative to flood protection.

5) Versatile with Various Terrains

Another reason the Aqua-Barrier® is the next big thing in flood protection is it can successfully installed and used on many types of terrain. Depending on the dam need and size, your Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam can be inflated and working within two hours or less.

Flood Prevention and the Aqua-Barrier Inflated Water Dam

Always have your business be as prepared as possible when it comes to flooding. When you invest in an Aqua-Barrier® inflatable cofferdam, you can make sure to keep the water out and your business dry, making the Aqua-Barrier the essential tool for flood prevention.

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How to Plan for Long Term Flood Prevention

How to Plan for Long Term Flood Prevention

Weather can be very unpredictable, especially if you live in an area that is prone to flooding and other weather disasters. Floods are relatively common in coastal regions and it is important that you are ready and prepared in order to prevent any damage to your commercial property. In 2017 alone, damages from floods caused by Hurricane Harvey costs over $125 billion dollars in damage. Don’t let your business be destroyed by floods. Follow these simple tips to create a flood protection plan. Click To Tweet

Floods can cause extensive damage not only to your property but can also cause loss of business, a disruption of inventory and contents, too. It is imperative that you have a solid risk management plan, proper flood protection for your property, and you are prepared for the worst.

Risk Assessment Plan

Creating a risk assessment plan should be a top priority when it comes to your business. You never know when a flood will occur. Consider what needs to happen if there is flooding and get a plan of action in case employees are unable to make it to work. Likewise, consider what items, materials, and equipment might be at risk, as well, and how to best keep them safe during the flooding disaster.

Flood Protection

Flood protection is the number one thing to consider when it comes to keeping your business safe from flooding. Make sure to have adequate flood insurance to allow your company to recover if flood damage should occur. Have a flood plan in place in case the flooding happens during working hours, and make sure you have all the tools to help protect your business. For example, an Aqua-Barrier® Water-Inflated Dam is the perfect tool to help keep your business safe. Using Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam to guard your business by placing it around the premises will help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property.

ProTip: The Aqua-Barrier® is the ultimate flood barrier and way to keep your business safe in commercial areas.

Flood Preparedness

If you do not properly prepare for a flood beforehand, there is not much you can do once the flooding begins. Being prepared can help keep your assets and employees safe, and protect your business from the extreme damage floods are known to cause. Be sure to backup all documents and files offsite, store things off the ground and have a clear evacuation route planned that all employees are familiar with.

Proper Flood Protection

No matter where you are, your business might be affected by a flood risk. By planning and having the right flood protection in place, you can make sure that you are properly prepared and protected for rising flood waters.

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The Flood Recovery Guide For Businesses

The Flood Recovery Guide For Businesses

Being in the throes of hurricane season, it is vital to your business to plan ahead for floods and disasters. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40% of small businesses that closed during a natural disaster (like flooding) won’t reopen again. With statistics like these, it is imperative to take the right precautions and know what to do after a flood occurs.

Business Flood Recovery Guide

Every business is in jeopardy of experiencing a serious threat from flooding that can halt operations. This flood recovery guide can help you be ready for when a flood comes and affects your business. Click To Tweet

  1. Disaster Plan
  2. Risk Assessment
  3. IT Systems Back Up
  4. Recovery Resources
  5. Apply for Assistance

1) Disaster Plan

Every business needs to have a disaster plan–whether you are in a flood area or not. A good start is to list and document all necessary documents and information needed for your company to run. Make sure your list and plan include:

  • Staff emergency contact numbers
  • Lists of emergency services and contact numbers
  • List of supplier and their contacts
  • Operations and administration procedures
  • Asset inventories
  • IT inventories
  • Communication system specifications
  • Maintenance agreements
  • Insurance information

2) Risk Assessment

It is important to assess the risks of all components of the business. Not only is flooding a risk but other disasters, as well. Take into consideration environmental disasters, and also loss or disruption of utilities, system or equipment failures, security incidents, and other emergency situations. Be sure to include these emergency scenarios in your disaster plan and assess the steps needed for each to keep your business running and employees safe.

3) IT Systems Back Up

Your entire IT system needs to be properly backed up in case a flood (or any disaster) affects your business. Consider alternative business processing methods, as well as backing up essential equipment, administrative and operations information, and customer service files.

4) Recovery Resources

If your business is harmed by a flood or other natural disaster, there is a plethora of information and helpful resources available for assistance. Check with state and local government websites to see what they have available for recovery. FEMA, United Way, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Disaster Recovery website are just a few to get your recovery started.

5) Apply for Assistance

After you visit various recovery resources, it is a good idea to apply for disaster assistance. There is assistance available–but only if you apply. The Small Business Administration, various city organizations, as well as those listed above in recovery resources can help get your business back up and running again.

Flood Recovery: Be Prepared

Always have your business be as prepared as possible when it comes to flooding. Along with having a solid business recovery plan, and your systems backed up, take an extra step in precaution and invest in an Aqua-Barrier inflatable cofferdam to help keep water out and your business dry. The Aqua-Barrier is the essential tool for flood prevention at your establishment.

Contact us to learn more about our flood recovery guide and how you can keep your business safe from the next flood.

Your Essential Guide to Flood Recovery

Your Essential Guide to Flood Recovery

The impact of a flood doesn’t end when waters recede. The damage left in the wake of a flood isn’t limited to homes but can impact workplaces, schools, and infrastructure. This halts normal life and can make those affected feel powerless. It’s important to have a plan to guide you through this difficult time.

The Importance of Stress Management in Flood Recovery

The devastation of a flood can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start. It’s crucial to keep your emotional wellbeing in mind.  Although it’s an incredibly stressful process, pace yourself by taking recovery one step at a time.

Get Organized

The first step in flood recovery is organization. Take inventory of everything you have, then make a list of items you still need to salvage or replace.  Prioritize items of particular value or importance, and note where they can be found in your home.  

Assess the Damage

Once it’s safe for you to survey damage to your home or workplace, be sure to bring a digital camera.  Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage by taking photos or video. This is important to do before you make any attempts to dewater or make repairs. Even if you don’t have flood insurance, pictures are helpful and sometimes necessary when applying for government disaster assistance. Keep in mind that flood water may be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. Wear rubber gloves and boots any time you come in contact with flood water.

Register With FEMA

When a region has been officially declared a “disaster area” by the government, property owners have access to more significant resources. This can include access to financial assistance and temporary housing. Your flood insurance company may have more information, but if you don’t have that, you can contact FEMA directly.

Salvage

Mold can develop in as little as 24 hours after a flood. Once you’ve documented the damage, it’s vital to remove wet material, such as carpeting and bedding. If furniture is submerged for more than a day, those items will likely need to be disposed of.

Weigh Future Options

Deciding whether to rebuild your home or cut your losses and move is a difficult one. This dilemma weighs financial concerns, sentimental attachments, and future risk.  This is especially true for homes that are not in floodplains or previously considered to be at risk for flooding. It can help to speak with a professional about what the best options are.  

Practice Prevention

Looking towards the future, it’s important to make sure you have a plan of action for flooding. Keep all vital documents, such as birth certificates, passports and emergency cash in one location. Keeping these items secure and portable will allow you to grab them quickly in the event of an impending flood.  Learn more about flood insurance policies available to you, and consider investing in a temporary inflatable bladder dam to protect your home from flood damage.  

Hope For The Best, Plan For the Worst

Flooding can happen almost anywhere, but especially if you live in a low-lying area near a body of water, such as near a river, coastline or bayou. While no one wants to think about natural disasters, it’s important to prepare for anything.  Keeping an emergency kit with important documents, food, water, and clothing, is always a good idea. Being proactive in the face of uncertainty can give you a sense of control and reassurance to carry you through difficult times.

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