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Considerations When Protecting a Building From Floods

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

As the global weather system changes, your company in Beverly Hills, CA, is at an increased risk of flood damage. In fact, the consequences of a flood are among the most common perils that a company faces in a changing world. Equally important, floods are devastating events that bring in a wall of water that is often contaminated with unpleasant substances. The costs for cleanup and for a business interruption can be significant. The options for floodproofing your facility are many and they range from the quick and simple to the complex and expensive. There is even the option of relocating your business if the flood risk is too high.

The Best Option
For urban structures, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers states that a series of barriers, seals and pumps is the most cost-effective method to protect against flood damage. This approach can reduce the risk of flood and even lower your flood insurance premiums. It is a significant investment and a company should consider the following factors:

  • Economics
  • Safety
  • Topography
  • Flood risk
  • Engineering

Part of floodproofing includes the concept of warning time. This involves a system of monitoring for storms and letting employees and customers know as soon as possible that the potential for flooding is imminent.

The Best Plan
Your company should strengthen any measures it takes with a comprehensive flood damage plan. Features of a good plan include assigning specific duties for personnel, establishing evacuation procedures and setting up training exercises such as drills. To address storm damage, a company should establish a relationship with a storm remediation company in the area. A fast response from a restoration company is a good way to minimize damage and to shorten a business interruption. Trained technicians who arrive on your property in the immediate aftermath of a flood or large storm will develop a plan of action to restore your building as quickly as possible.

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