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Avoid Flooding After the Thaw

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

A backed-up gutter or downspout is one of the main culprits for flooding

Spring may be a welcome sight after a long cold, snowy weather, but it can come with a few downsides. Staying on top of maintenance for your La Marque,TX, business can reduce the impact warmer temperatures can create. While seeing the snowmelt can be a relief, it may mean dealing with flooding. While the weather doesn’t always ensure a spring flood won’t happen, investing time in preparing for the worst can reduce the chances of needing a water remediation expert to eliminate water damage.

Winter Maintenance

A frozen pipe, clogged gutters, and other factors can be an invitation for damage. Below are a few maintenance tips to help your business usher in spring smoothly.

When it snows, be sure to shovel it away from the foundation. This will help it drain away from your business instead of flooding in.
Inspect floor and roof drains for any debris to ensure water will flow properly.
Regularly check and clean gutters and downspouts. A backed-up gutter or downspout is one of the main culprits for flooding. If possible, remove ice and snow to further help flow.
Check the foundation for any cracks. They should be repaired as quickly as possible to avoid further damage that could affect its structural stability.

Extra Protection for Flood-Prone Buildings

Some businesses may deal with water issues more regularly than others, especially after a wet winter. Along with regular maintenance, there are a few other ways to gain peace of mind. If your business has a basement, keep items stored in it elevated for added protection. The faster you can address a water issue the easier it is to clean up. There are water alarms and flood sensors available that provide alerts when water is detected. Businesses may also want to consider talking with their insurance company about adding flood insurance to the policy.
Unfortunately, flooding isn’t always avoidable. Taking extra precautions before the thaw can reduce the chances of a major crisis.

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