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3 Most-Trusted Flood Control Methods

3 Most-Trusted Flood Control Methods

3 Most-Trusted Flood Control Methods

Do you live in a coastal city or an area prone to flooding? With hurricane season in full swing, it’s time to start taking steps to prepare for severe forecasts. Take a look at the most popular flood control methods being used today for your particular area.

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Types of Flood Prevention

In the United States, there are a number of different factors affecting a property’s risk for flooding. If you live near an ocean or large body of water, both storm surge and high tides put you at great risk for flooding. For inland areas, flash floods are a constant risk, especially if you’re located near a river or in a flood plain. From vegetation planting to retention ponds, discover the most-trusted flood defenses being used currently.

  1. Vegetation Planting
  2. Retention Ponds
  3. Flood Barriers

1) Vegetation Planting

Did you know that trees and greenery are a form of flood protection? During periods of heavy rainfall, the chance of rivers or streams overflowing is paramount. By planting trees and vegetation in a particular area, you can help slow down the process and give drainage systems time to recover. Between minimizing the chances of surface runoff and allowing vegetation to soak up the moisture naturally, the damaging effects of flooding are greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: According to FEMA, anywhere it rains is susceptible to flooding. Check with your local officials to determine your level of flood risk when purchasing flood protection.

2) Retention Ponds

In urban areas where vegetation is removed for new construction, the need for diverting water increases. One way communities have endeavored to contain stormwater is by building a detention basin or retention pond. By creating a singular area for water to collect, property owners can adequately prepare against rising water levels caused by severe storms.

3) Flood Barriers

Planting vegetation and installing a retention pond can help prepare a community for widespread flooding, especially when used in conjunction with a barrier. Most flood barriers give you the ability to protect a particular area by installing materials that will block the current of flood waters. Popular temporary water barriers include rock berms, sandbags, dikes, or the environmentally-friendly inflatable water dam.

Minimizing the Risk of Flooding

While it may difficult to predict when storms are forecasted, being prepared is your first line of defense. Flooding can cause a number of detrimental effects to the environment including property damage, pollution, and erosion. With reliable flood protection, you can help keep your community safe for the long term.

Connect with our sales team to learn more about our variety of flood control solutions to help you get ready for this year’s storm season.

Should You Buy Commercial Property Flood Barriers?

Should You Buy Commercial Property Flood Barriers?

As summer approaches, the threat of severe rainstorms and hurricane activity is beginning to increase. Whether you have an office building, retail establishment, or hotel condominium, having reliable flood protection should be apart of your preparedness. Of all of the different options available, one solution worth considering is a property flood barrier.

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Flooding from a torrential downpour or inches of rain can happen in a matter of hours. Without adequate preparation, your commercial property could be at risk of damage by rain leaks or strong water currents. With a flood barrier to surround your entire property, you can adequately protect your establishment from flooding. From quick installation to long term coverage, discover why you should buy a property flood barrier this coming storm season.

Quick Installation

One benefit of flood barrier protection is the user-friendliness of the installation process. Compared to the strenuous process of laying out sandbags, flood barriers can be easily unrolled and installed in a matter of hours. With Aqua-Barrier’s distinctive loop-holes, you can reliably place the barrier without needing special equipment or extra team members.

Pro Tip: Purchase one or more flood barriers to span the entire border around your property. Our distinctive materials will interlock together to create a watertight connection you can rely on.

Long Term Coverage

Due to the occurrence of flood events, protective barriers are designed to be easily installed and removed over and over. That being said, it’s important to have a reliable way to guard against flood damage year-round. With the Aqua-Barrier flood barrier, you can protect your business in the short term and provide continuous protection. Save time, save money, and reliably prevent water from disrupting your business activities with a reusable flood barrier.

Environmentally-Friendly Removal

Unlike other flood barriers on the market, the Aqua-Barrier has the recognition of being both environmentally-friendly and reusable. These two qualities make it a benefit for any business, especially when dealing with polluted flood water. The industrial-grade vinyl material allows the barrier to mold to the preexisting environment, protecting both natural organisms and plant life. In addition, property flood barriers help to minimize the amount of toxic waste that could be spread by flooding.

Reliable Flood Protection

Having flood protection equipment for your property is crucial to keeping your business afloat. By investing in a reliable property flood barrier, you can easily guard against water damage, soil erosion, and structural deterioration.

Connect with our sales team to determine the best flood barrier size to surround your entire property.

3 Flood Control Methods for Hurricane Season

3 Flood Control Methods for Hurricane Season

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.

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Keep Flood Damage to a Minimum

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:

  1. Practice using an Aqua-Barrier
  2. Secure flood insurance
  3. 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.

Connect with us for more information on protecting yourself during hurricane season.

How to Best Prepare for Hurricanes

How to Best Prepare for Hurricanes

Hurricane season 2016 is upon us. You may be wondering, like most property owners, how active this season will be. The 30-year average is 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. The expectation this year is almost identical. Meteorologists expect to see 13 named storms, five hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. You don’t have to remember very far back to realize the devastation just one hurricane can bring. If you haven’t already prepared, now is the time to make sure your family will be safe and your property is carefully protected.

Preparing Yourself and Your Family

First things first, you want to be sure that you and your family are prepared for the risks that hurricane season impose. The safety of you and your loved ones should be a top priority. When a hurricane watch or warning is issued is not the time to begin your preparations – start before the season begins.

Here are a few things you can do to make sure you and your family are ready for hurricane season:

  1. Know evacuation routes.
  2. Gather all tools and supplies you may need, including non-perishable food items, plenty of fuel and water, and a complete first-aid kit.
  3. Be sure you have somewhere secure in your home to shelter in place from the storm if evacuation is not deemed necessary.
  4. Pay attention to local news sources for information on the weather and any impending danger to you and your family.
  5. Develop a communication plan and determine a place to meet, should you and your family become separated during the storm and lose phone and internet service.
  6. Invest in a generator to power the main part of your home and any life-saving medical equipment, if applicable.

How to Prepare Your Home

If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, you are familiar with the damage that can be caused to your home. And not just from the dangerous wind speeds, but the massive amount of water that is released during the storm. Inland flooding is a deadly hurricane threat responsible for more than half the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States.  Most homeowners are prepared with insurance policies to cover the resulting damage, but many times are not aware of preventative measures you can take to minimize the risk of said damage.

Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home and minimize the risk:

  1. Invest in storm shutters for your windows or protect them with plywood boards.
  2. Secure outside objects that may be picked up by the high-speed winds and thrown against your home.
  3. Purchase or rent a flood barrier and install it around your home to keep flooding waters from entering your property and home.

Learn More

While there is no way to completely avoid hurricane season, learning how to prepare for hurricanes can literally save your life as well as your home or business. Contact us to learn more about preventative measures you can take to minimize your risks.

Inland Flooding: A Deadly Hurricane Threat

Inland Flooding: A Deadly Hurricane Threat

You are probably well aware of the dangers of the initial impact of a hurricane, tropical storm or tropical cyclone. You may not be as aware of the dangers of the “after shock” or what is commonly known as inland flooding.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), inland flooding has been responsible for more than half the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States. For example, 1999 brought intense rains and record setting flooding in the Eastern part of the U.S. Fifty of the 56 people who perished in the storm died from inland flooding.

What is Inland Flooding

Inland flooding is severe flooding that occurs in conjunction with major tropical storms and hurricanes. It can extend as far inland from the coast as 100 miles. This hurricane flooding is the result of intense rainfall most often associated with weaker storms which travel slowly or stall over a specific area.

The National Weather Service refers to hurricane flooding as a deadly inland danger. It also has devastating financial impact. Hurricane Katrina produced flooding ranked as one of the most devastating in US history and the most financially shattering natural disaster, costing $81 billion. More than 1,800 people died in that storm, due largely in part to the flooding.

How to be Prepared

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted the 2016 Hurricane Season to be near normal, with at least a 70% expectation of 10-16 named storms, including up to four major hurricanes. The National Weather Service offers these 7 preparation tips:

  1. When a hurricane is expected, plan for hurricane flooding.
  2. Determine if you live in a flood zone before the hurricane strikes.
  3. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  4. Listen to the news for alerts about dangerous road conditions.
  5. Move to a safe area before it is cut off by flood water.
  6. Do not attempt to cross flowing water. As little as six inches can cause you to lose control of your car. Two feet of water will carry most cars away.
  7. Develop a flood emergency action plan with your community leaders.

Protecting Your Home

With more hurricanes expected than in recent years, it is more important than ever to be prepared and be protected. Protecting your home can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. That’s where Hydrological Solutions comes in.

Our Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP®) provides the ultimate flood protection for both residential and commercial property. We can help ease the worry of protecting your home during natural disasters like hurricanes and associated infland flooding. Contact us now for more information about our flood damage prevention devices.