3 Ways To Protect Your Property From Spring Flooding
Steps To Protect Your Commercial Property
As the winter months give way to spring, the weather is often unpredictable. There may be days when the temperature drops below freezing and days filled with rainstorms. Any snow buildup begins to melt quickly, sometimes overwhelming the local drainage systems. Too often, the capricious changes in weather and the abundance of moisture cause flooding problems for Warr Acres, OK, businesses. The good news is that there are several steps you can take to protect your commercial property.
Move Snow Away From Buildings
One of the main causes of spring flood problems is melting snow. After removing snow from sidewalks, parking lots, and other areas, the snow should be piled up away from the foundations of your buildings. When possible, put the snow on ground that can absorb the spring runoff.
Check Your Interior and Exterior Pipes
Hopefully, you made sure your pipes and hoses were empty during the fall before the first major freeze. Even if you did complete this preventative step, however, it's often possible for water to freeze in the pipes. As spring brings warmer weather, any frozen pipe is likely to thaw. Unfortunately, as water froze in those pipes, the developing ice could have created cracks or weak areas. As the ice thaws, it releases water into your building – sometimes dripping into your walls or down the foundation.
Inspect the Gutters and Other Elements of the Drainage System
Just as the pipes are weakened by ice, so the gutters can also become damaged when snow or ice flows build up. During the winter, be sure to keep the gutters free of debris and double-check to be sure that drainage areas can accept the flow of water from melting snow or spring flooding.
Each season is full of change, but some are predictable. Melting snow, early rainstorms, and frozen gutters or pipes can cause flooding. If you aren't sure what to expect or if your property has suffered damage from too much water, contact water damage cleanup and repair professionals.