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How To Prevent Flooding in Your Commercial Building

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

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A flood can have a devastating impact on your Miami, FL, business. One major storm can carry away your entire building. Even if the water just rises a foot, properties can sustain severe damage. That is why you need to implement flood prevention strategies.

What Are Floods?

Floods do not just occur inside buildings. An entire community or city can suffer flood damage when submerged by water. There are several different causes of floods:

  • Hurricanes
  • Ice or snowmelt
  • Dam breaking
  • Rain
  • River overflow

How Can You Prevent Floods?
Floods are weather events that humans cannot stop. However, people do take steps to limit the impact of the floods.
If you are worried about rising water affecting your property, see if you can get a retention pond or reservoir constructed that will hold excess water during a flood. You can also ask your local government about building a flood prevention gate or sea wall near the coastline.
Before you construct a new building on your commercial property, you should also talk to your town representatives. They will make sure the property does not block any drainage systems.
Indeed, clogged drains and heavy rains are a dangerous combination. Your employees must keep any nearby drainage systems free of debris or litter.
Finally, you can add some color to the premises and protect it from flooding by planting some grass, trees or shrubs. Vegetation can help reduce the power of the flowing water during the flood.
Even if you put all of these flood prevention measures in place, your building could still sustain damage during a storm. That is why you should prepare for the worst-case scenario. Have an emergency action/evacuation plan in place before the rain comes.
You should store the phone numbers for your insurance provider and your local flood cleaning company in an easy-to-access location, as well. The insurer can work with the restoration professionals to repair any damage to the property.

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