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5 Ways to Protect Your Business From Flood Damage

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Street flooding SERVPRO of South Fleming Island/North Bradford County is here to help when you need us most. We specialize in making it "Like it never even happened."

Storms can easily bring floodwaters to your doorstep. However, floods can also occur due to a minor plumbing leak in your building. It's vital to prepare for these possibilities and take steps to prevent water damage. Use the following guide to learn more about how you can keep your business safe. 

How to Protect Your Commercial Building From Water Damage

1. Maintain Your Plumbing

Plumbing leaks, clogs, and backups can quickly flood your business, so regular maintenance is essential. Have your plumbing inspected by a professional at least once a year to ensure you don't have leaks, problems with valves, or corrosion forming. Follow best practices for maintaining your plumbing, including only flushing waste and toilet paper and not putting oils or grease down the drain.

2. Landscape with Native Plants 

Surround your commercial building with native plants and vegetation to reduce soil erosion. If there's a leak in your outdoor plumbing, the soil will be able to absorb the water. If there's a flood, the soil will cause the water to recede faster, reducing your building's exposure to water. 

3. Invest in Water Barriers 

Sandbags and tarps can help divert water away from your building. Keep a supply on hand in case of an emergency. Watertight shields over windows and doors can also keep floodwaters out. These barriers should be installed on any openings located at or below the Base Flood Level (BFE) for your building. You can identify your building's BFE using a FEMA flood map

4. Use Water-Resistant Materials 

Use water-resistant flooring, furnishings, insulation, and wall coverings in your commercial building. These materials can typically withstand exposure to water for up to 72 hours before sustaining damage. This timeframe will allow you to schedule emergency cleaning services.

5. Seal Cracks 

Water will find any entry point, including through small cracks. Regularly inspect your building for cracks in the walls, windows, and foundation. Seal any openings with a waterproof sealant. However, if there is significant deterioration in these areas, they may need to be reconstructed.

If your business has sustained water damage from a flood or plumbing problem, turn to SERVPRO of South Fleming Island / North Bradford County. These trusted restoration and cleaning experts have provided fast and reliable restoration services since 1967. Learn more about their services by visiting them online or call (904) 290-4040 to speak with a representative.

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