A wintery day with snow on the ground is a truly beautiful sight to behold. Despite this, it’s important to remember that the breathtaking beauty hides very real dangers. Each year as temperatures drop, Americans risk injury and death due to exposure to cold, car accidents, and CO poisoning caused by the improper use of heaters. Even when Sping begins to approach, the threat of flooding can linger.
It’s important to prepare yourself and your home in advance of adverse winter weather conditions. Weather stripping windows and doors, making sure your vehicle is winterized and having an emergency plan ready are just a few ways to prepare. There is a lot to think about when preparing for the cold season, so it’s crucial that you understand the dangers of winter weather:
1) Low Temperatures
Low temperatures put you at higher risk of hypothermia. When hypothermia sets in, your body jumps into action to protect your vital organs. Blood rushes to the core to keep your heart and lungs warm. However, that lack of circulation and blood in your extremities can causes them to freeze. In cases where the body temperature drops below 96, hypothermia sets in. Symptoms include confusion, exhaustion and slurred speech.
2) Decreased Visibility
During snow storms and heavy snowfall, visibility might be restricted. This can happen suddenly and without time to reach your destination, which is why it’s critical to heed weather warnings. Avoid driving, and stay close to home when the threat of winter storm warnings loom. In poor weather conditions with low visibility, it’s easy to get stuck or turned around. This is made even more dangerous by dropping temperatures, which can form dangerous black ice on the roads
3) Carbon Monoxide Risks
During the winter months, people are at an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless, invisible gas produced when fuels are not completely burned during use. Automobile exhaust is the most common source of CO, but generators, gas ranges and furnaces also produce it. When appliances and furnaces are improperly adjusted and used in poorly ventilated areas, dangerous amounts of CO can build up. This is especially true if heavy snowfall has covered up air vents in your home. Invest in a CO detector, and be sure to use gas-powered devices only as directed.
As the weather begins to warm, you might think that the worst is over. However, the last risk of winter weather is snowmelt flooding. If there is packed snow and ice on the ground, warmer temperatures may translate to a lot of runoff, which can increase the risk of flooding. Areas near creeks, lakes, or mountain bases are in more danger than other areas. In the event of snowmelt flooding, the use of an Aqua-Barrier Cofferdam will be needed to dewater and make necessary repairs.
Protect Yourself From the Dangers of Winter Weather
Between the snowfall, temperature hazards and possibility of snowmelt flooding, winter packs a lot of dangers. It’s important to plan ahead, stay calm, and stick to your emergency plan. Once the immediate danger has passed you can start assessing damages for repair.
To learn more about options for flood prevention and dewatering, Contact Us.
If you live up north, you’re likely getting started preparing for the winter snow. Frosted streets and lawns add to the magic of the holiday season, but they also present potential hazards and danger. Icy roads and deep snow can make travel difficult and getting anything done outside can be next to impossible. Another hazard you may not be thinking about yet is what happens when all the snow begins to melt.
Snowmelt Flooding: Causes
As winter begins to fade and the temperatures begin to rise again, snowmelt flooding is a very common threat. In the months approaching Spring, the ice and snow turn to water. However, the ground is hardened and unable to absorb the volume of water it produces. The melted ice and snow begin to flow back into natural water sources such as streams, rivers, and lakes. However, the excess overflows into roadways and threatens residential and commercial locations.
Protecting Major Roadways
Snowmelt is inevitable and major roadways are not immune to the impending flood waters, making travel difficult and dangerous. Utilizing a proper flood barrier system, such as an inflatable bladder dam can keep the flood waters away from the roads. Inflatable bladder dams can be lined up on either side of the road in problem areas, effectively keeping the roads free of flooding and safe for travelers.
The WIPP® Inflatable Bladder Dam
The Water Inflated Property Protector or WIPP® System from Hydrological Solutions is designed to hold floodwaters away from property, worksites, and even roads. Made from industrial grade vinyl-coated polyester laminated between two layers of flexible polyvinyl chloride, this flood barrier comes in a variety of sizes to accommodate most situations.
The WIPP® is easy to install and inflate using water available on site and it’s also environmentally friendly. Unlike sandbags, hazmat procedures are not required for disposal. Simply deflate the bladder dams, roll them up, and store them for the next flooding event.
Prepare Now for Safer Roads after Winter
Flooded roads from snowmelt waters are a common hazard in the latter months of winter. Preparing now is safer, better, and nowhere near as stressful as waiting until the last minute. Anticipate snowmelt flooding by deploying the WIPP® System in problem areas on major roads before the snow begins to melt. Make sure you have adequate WIPP® flood barriers on hand now so you can rest easy this winter.
Contact Us to learn more about the WIPP® advantage or to stock up your flood barrier inventory before winter is in full session.
While the Gulf Coast endures the wrath of hurricane season and wildfires consume lands in the west and northwest, winter storm preparedness may be the furthest thing from your mind. But snowmelt flooding can be just as devastating as the inland flooding brought on by the wrath of Harvey and Irma. And the time to prepare is NOW.
Inflatable bladder dams used for flood protection are in high demand following the recent devastation experienced by Texas, Florida and other regions in the Gulf Coast. At Hydrological Solutions, we are receiving dozens of calls and emails daily with the request to ship our WIPP® system ASAP in anticipation of other hurricanes or tropical storms that may develop over the season. We are working quickly to fill these orders but as a gentle reminder … as much as we would like to, we cannot ship during a major storm! That is why now is the perfect time to think about preparing for the upcoming winter storm season.
The Dangers of Snowmelt Flooding
Movies tend to depict the beauty of snow. Blankets of pure white snow falling on the ground. Kids (and adults!) run outside with huge grins on their face ready to make snow angels, snowmen or participate in winter sports such as sledding and skiing. Couples meeting under the mistletoe with snow falling in their hair… you get the picture.
If you live in an area prone to snow, you know that this is a very small portion of the reality of snowstorms. As the weather gets warmer, these massive amounts of snow begin to melt and the water has to go somewhere! Snow can be dirty and downright dangerous. Snowmelt flooding can quickly submerge your home or business. Winter storm preparedness should begin now to help you keep these investments secure.
Winter Storm Preparedness with WIPP®
As we enter the fall season, soon to be followed by winter, we urge you to think about winter storm preparedness and all that entails. Consider adding the WIPP® to help keep snowmelt flood waters from consuming your property. The WIPP® provides maximum flood protection for residential and commercial properties, reducing the actual damage that can occur during snowmelt flooding.
At Hydrological Solutions, we are pleased to be able to help you protect your properties with our patented Water Inflated Property Protector. Contact Us Now to find out the best time to get your order in to be sure you are prepared for the upcoming winter storm season.
As we transition into Spring and the snow begins to melt, worksites that have been dry for months may experience flooding. This brings project delays as long as the flooding persists. It can be even more severe when you experience flood damage on your worksite. Consider the benefits of using a water inflated dam to protect your worksite from flooding due to melting snow.
Preventing Damage from Snowmelt Flooding
What could be worse than flood damage to your worksite? How about flood damage that ws preventable? In some regions melting snow presents a serious flooding threat to projects and equipment. If you are working in snowy areas, you know all too well the risk of flooding due to melting snow. While sandbags may work, they are hard to store, hard to employ, and hard to dispose of at the end. Consider the following benefits of using a water inflated dam such as your Aqua-Barrier® Cofferdam.
Installation is quick and easy because you let the water do the work for you. Use any available water source to fill the Aqua-Barriers.
Aqua-barrier® features a patented internal baffle system which locks into place when the barrier is exposed to uneven water pressure. Providing you with safety and peace of mind.
Aqua-barrier® effectively controls surface water up to 6 feet deep.
This type of water inflated dam is reusable and leaves behind no adverse impact to the environment.
Useable Anytime Flooding Threatens Your Worksite
The Aqua-barrier® Cofferdam is useable anytime flooding threatens your worksite or business. It is quick and easy to deploy, even at the last minute when flooding has already begun. Protect your worksites and other locations. Have the peace of mind knowing you are prepared to prevent flood damage.
Minimize Delays due to Melting Snow
If you are working in a snowy region, snowmelt flooding could pose a serious threat to project completion. Prevention is always better than recovery. Consider using an Aqua-barrier® Cofferdam to protect your snowy worksite, or any worksite under the threat of flooding. Hydrological Solutions is your resource for anti-flooding and dewatering solutions. For more information on protecting your worksite from flooding, Contact Us.
If you are a football fan, it’s likely you’ve seen the snow coming down in sheets as you watch your favorite team battle it out on the turf of their northern rival on tv. Or maybe you’ve vacationed up north recently. You have a jolly good time playing in the snow and then reluctantly leave lovely snow angels behind, returning home to the gloom of a cold rainy day. It’s easy to wish that it would snow in your state more or that more snow would fall when it finally does get cold enough to freeze. But snow is not all fun and games – these snowstorms can be quite messy – especially during snowmelt season.
Snowmelt season is exactly what it sounds like – the period of time when snow begins to melt. And the water has to go somewhere! Often this leads to flooding in our streets, homes, and places of business. Just like with inland flooding, melting snow can be a disaster, causing major damage to your property.
So Who Should Prepare for Snowmelt Season?
- People who own a home.
- People who own or operate a business.
- People who own a vehicle.
Residential Property Owners
If you are a homeowner in an area where snow is common, you’ll want to protect your investment as well as the cherished memories you have within the walls of your home.
Commercial Property Owners
Whether you are the business owner or manager in areas prone to snow, your Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan should address the risk of snowmelt flooding to your commercial property.
Finally, if you own a vehicle you will want to be sure that it is safe and protected from the rising waters produced by snowmelt flooding.
When to Prepare for Snowmelt Season
Although snowmelt season doesn’t officially begin until spring, you should definitely prepare for snowmelt flooding in advance. When you think of mitigating your risk for damages due to a flood, the first thing you might think to do is purchase flood insurance. While flood insurance is great to have, it does not prevent your property from becoming flooded from high waters. Insurance simply serves as a way to replace or repair what you’ve lost. If you truly value your property and belongings, you will want a way to prevent the water from causing damage in the first place. That is where the Water Inflated Property Protector (WIPP® System) comes into play. The WIPP® reduces or minimizes the damage actually caused to your property while maximizing protection during floods and works well for both commercial and residential properties. It can even protect your vehicle if you move it into the area inside the barrier.
The time to prepare for snowmelt season is now. The coldest parts of the winter months are upon us, followed by the warmer, sunnier months of spring. The water will rise – will you be prepared? Contact us today to learn more about the WIPP® and how it can provide the best protection for your home, business, and vehicles.
The Insider’s Guide to Snowmelt Flooding Protection