At Coastal Structures, we understand the damaging effects that severe storms and hurricanes can bring. Flooding is one of the biggest concerns and can cause the most damage to homes and businesses.
Across the beautiful Grand Strand, businesses along the coastline are particularly vulnerable to flood risk. To help protect your building from water damage, here are some flood damage prevention tips:
Design & Construction
First and foremost, it is imperative to begin taking precautionary measures for flooding during the design and construction of your building, especially if you are located along the coastline or in a high-risk flood zone. While some design elements cannot be totally flood proof, it can help minimize the damage.
- Consider elevating your building if you are waterfront in a storm surge or flood prone area.
- Apply waterproof coating to help prevent water from seeping in
- Install hurricane-glass windows and storm shutters for the openings in your building.
Get Your HVAC System Checked Out
Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is one of the most vulnerable parts of your building. Proper installation and maintenance are essential for preventing a storm from wreaking havoc on this important part of your building.
- Elevate your HVAC system on bricks or blocks to prevent flooding
- Protect your outdoor HVAC units by tightening bolts and securing a cover
- Cool the building to a lower temperature than normal, in case you lose power
- When in doubt, cut the power to your HVAC to prevent electrical surges
Gutter Clean Up
If you know a storm is coming, make sure to clean out gutters, downspouts, and any drains on the exterior of your buildings. This will help prevent water from backing up into your building.
Bottom Floor Prep
Ground levels of your building will be the first to flood.
- Inspect wiring: If floodwater makes contact with faulty wires, it can result in a fire. Turn off the power to bottom floor with circuit breaker.
- Caulk cracks and patch foundation walls
- And don’t forget to move out belongings, furniture, and anything that can be damaged by flood water
As the Grand Strand’s trusted commercial construction company, Coastal Structures aims to construct buildings that can withstand the rigors of the coastal weather. But since South Carolina is no stranger to severe weather, we encourage businesses to take the proper precautions to prevent flooding. And we are always happy to help!