For business owners in Houston and along the coastline, floods are an ever-present danger. Rising water can cause thousands of dollars in damage and set work back by months, if not worse. Unfortunately, preparing the building itself for water damage can only do so much. You as a business owner can protect your investment by using removable flood barriers, easily installed and quickly removed once the danger has passed.
Flood Barriers Ideal for Businesses
A one-size-fits-all flood barrier simply doesn’t exist. For different circumstances or locations, different types of barriers will be more helpful. However, three particular types could prove incredibly useful for many business owners:
Usually made of steel or concrete, a conventional cofferdam provides a sturdy solution for blocking flood water. However, its design and components often require ample time to set it up, not to mention the additional costs of labor and supplies.
2) Metal Flood Barriers
A metal flood barrier, also known as an EzDam, fits snugly across doors and entryways to keep water from getting in. These mini-dams usually average between 3-4 ft tall and are easily removable when not required. For most businesses, an EzDam provides quickly accessible and easy-to-install protection against flooding.
3) Inflatable Bladder Dams
Perhaps the most cost-effective and simple flood barrier design is the bladder dam. This design resembles a massive balloon filled with water. When needed, an inflatable dam can be placed and filled with floodwater in just a couple hours, holding back further flooding and providing protection just as reliable as its steel cousins. This rapid deployment method can save valuable time and prevent further damage to your business.
Pro Tip: A fully inflated Aqua-Barrier can hold back up to 6 feet of water and silt. Keep your business safe from floodwaters.
Finding the Best Flood Barrier System
Every business owner in a flood-prone area should remain aware of the risks and prepare for the worst. No one can predict flooding with exact accuracy. The best course of action is to find a quality, easily moveable flood barrier and be ready to use it.
Not sure which flood barrier can help your business the most? Join the conversation to speak with our flood control experts about reasonable flood protection for your commercial business.
What Can You Do to Help Protect Your Commercial Business From Flooding?
You can help keep your commercial business safe from floods when you take flood proofing serious and have a solid business continuity plan, flood insurance, and proper flood barriers, you can be ready when the next storm comes along.
Business Continuity Plan
Design and Construction
1) Business Continuity Plan
A business continuity plan is a strategy for recovering your business in the event of a natural disaster or other emergencies. An effective business continuity plan builds upon four key steps, such as identifying flood risks, assessing critical business components and the resources to support them, and where to house back-up and maintain critical equipment at another location or safe space.
2) Flood Insurance
One of the most important things you can do to protect your business is to get flood coverage for your business–just in case. Usually, basic commercial property insurance does not cover floods, so make sure to get flood coverage through the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program.
3) Design and Construction
It is imperative to begin taking precautionary measures for flooding during the design and construction of your building, especially if you are located along the coastline or in a high-risk flood zone. Consider elevating your building if you are waterfront in a storm surge or flood prone area, and install hurricane-glass windows and storm shutters for the openings in your building.
4) Clean Up
Before a storm moves in, prevent water from backing up into your building by cleaning out gutters, downspouts, as well as roof and perimeter drains.
5) Flood Barriers
There are several types of flood barriers you can use to help flood-proof your commercial business.
Metal flood Barriers 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.
Aqua-Barrier Water Inflated Dams are the ultimate flood barrier for commercial areas. These great tools guard your business by placing it around the premises will help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property.
ProTip: The Aqua-Barrier® is less timely to use compared to sandbags and is the environmentally friendly approach to flood protection.
Best Tools for Flood Proofing Your Commercial Business
The more prepared you are for a flood by creating a solid risk assessment plan and having the best tools ready, you can help flood proof and protect your business from going underwater.
Should You Rent or Purchase an Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam?
Both renting and purchasing an Aqua-Barrier Water-Inflated Dam are good options, but it’s best to choose the option that best suits your construction and dewatering needs.
1) Cost Factors
There are advantages to both options, but when deciding between these them, the biggest factor should never be in regards to just the cost, but the frequency of the need should be the main deciding factor.
2) Frequent Flooding
Water-Inflated Dams are an essential tool for flood prevention and minimizing the damage of your businesses’ valuable property. If your business is in an area with frequent heavy rains and flooding, it might be a good choice to purchase your Aqua-Barrier cofferdam.
3) Construction Purposes
If you own a construction company, you know that dewatering is needed on nearly all construction projects. An Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam is the ideal solution to creating the dry worksite needed for pipeline construction, bridge repairs, shoreline restoration, and other projects.
ProTip: Renting a cofferdam might be beneficial if you do not have a lot of work, but if you frequently need to dewater sites, you can easily save money and time by investing and purchasing a water-inflated dam.
Aqua-Barrier: The Smart Alternative
One thing is for certain, the Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam is the perfect alternative to sheet piling and sandbags. They are environmentally friendly, as well as cost and time effective. Both renting and purchasing a cofferdam are good options, but if you find yourself having to rent as frequently as once a year, those costs tend to add up quickly.
Contact Us to learn more about whether renting or purchasing a cofferdam is the best option for your company.
It’s hard to predict and prevent every natural disaster that might affect your project. Flooding, however, is one that can be prevented if you take appropriate measures. Protect your hard work from the devastating effect of flood damage on your worksites.
Using the Water Inflated Property Protector for Flood Prevention
The WIPP® system from Hydrological Solutions is the perfect answer for protecting your worksites from flooding this hurricane season. You can’t afford to suffer any flood damage to any of your projects you work hard on. Consider the following 5 reasons to try WIPP® today:
1) Easy to Install.
The WIPP® system can be installed with minimal manpower and heavy equipment. It can be installed 3 – 5 times faster than conventional cofferdams.
As the incoming water inflates the cofferdam, it forms an airtight seal and there are no cracks for the water to seep through. It remains the most effective flood prevention product on the market today.
Once the flood waters have subsided, the WIPP® system is deflated, easily transported, and is ideal for compact storage. The next time a storm comes, it can be re-deployed and used multiple times for years to come.
4) Environmentally Friendly.
Because the WIPP® system is reusable and uses materials readily available onsite, it is much more environmentally friendly than its conventional counterparts. It’s designed to leave minimal environmental impact.
5) Protect Your Projects.
Your projects are your income. It’s vital to protect them from the devastating impact of flooding that comes with the hurricanes and other storms of the season. Make sure your projects will be protected should the flood waters rise. Preventing flood damage is always better than restoration.
Have Peace of Mind
It’s hard to predict when the next major storm will come. Right now is the best time to prepare for potential future flooding. Invest in the WIPP® flood prevention system today and have the peace of mind that your projects are protected.
To learn more about flood prevention and dewatering solutions, Contact Us.
Flooding often happens along with many other storm-related events. For this reason, floods remain the #1 natural disaster in the U.S. Flooding can happen without warning and the damage is swift and devastating. The impact to life and property can seem beyond repair. Use the following guide to help prepare your family and property for flooding this year.
Flood Preparedness: The Basics
It’s never a good idea to walk or drive through flood waters, even if you think it’s only a few inches. 6 inches is enough for moving water to knock you off your feet. It only takes 2 feet to move your vehicle. Just don’t do it. At the first chance of flash flooding, move somewhere higher. If you are in your vehicle and the water is rising around you, take every precaution. If the water is not moving, abandon your vehicle to higher ground. It is extremely dangerous to exit your vehicle into moving floodwaters. Additionally, be smart where you park your car during heavy rainfall. Rivers and other streams are prone to flooding quickly. To be safe, just turn around.
What to do During a Flood Watch
When a flood watch is issued in your area, it means the conditions are good for flooding. You need to be aware. Keep your radio or tv turned on and tuned into a reliable source for weather updates and emergency information. Explore your surroundings for higher ground you could reach quickly, maybe even by foot. Take inventory of your emergency kit and make sure you have plenty of everything including a flashlight, batteries, a first aid kit, and extra cash. Be ready to turn off your electricity and gas at the main switch when instructed.
What to do During a Flood Warning
When a flood warning is issued in your area, it means flooding is already happening or will happen soon. You need to take action. Move immediately and remain on higher ground. Listen to emergency instructions and be ready to evacuate if directed. Do not drive or walk through flood waters, no matter how low you think they are.
What to do After a Flood
Wait for instructions from authorities to return safely to your home. Take photographs of any damage to your property for insurance claims. When you are out and about, watch for debris and eroded roads and pathways. Avoid standing water and driving through areas still flooded. Remember, there is a chance for electrocution due to downed power lines and other electrical hazards.
Before the Flood
It is a good time to make sure you are prepared in the case of heavy flooding. Make sure you have a flood emergency plan and be sure to restock your emergency kit. Look into your area emergency plans and locate places of higher ground should you need to evacuate. Flood insurance is a good protection to have, but keep in mind it only works after flood damage has already occurred. For flood prevention, consider purchasing a flood barrier. They are easy to deploy and store, and will prevent flood waters from damaging your property.
Be Prepared. Stay Dry.
You never know when flooding could happen in your area. Floods accompany many other storms and the damage they bring is devastating. Use this guide to know what to do before, during, and after flooding occurs. Contact Us for more information on flood preparedness and the use of flood barriers for prevention.