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3 tips to prepare your business for heavy rain

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic of flooded buildings If you have experienced a flood in your business, don't wait, contact us today! 530-222-0200

Atmospheric rivers, too many of us, may have been a foreign concept until recently. The Redding, and Shasta County area has experienced a long dry season, and as much as the rain is welcomed, these atmospheric rivers may cause some issues and threats to your commercial building. 

An atmospheric river is a column of vapor that carries approximately the same amount of water as the mouth of the Mississippi River. With as little rainfall as we have had, and a sudden surge of heavy rain, our region has a greater chance of flooding and water damage. As always, we like to help with prevention as much as possible, so here are 3 tips to prepare your business for heavy rain.

Check your buildings downspouts

When a downspout is not properly placed, it can lead to a building flood during heavy rain. Ensure that your building's downspout leads at least six feet away from your building, and into a well-drained area.

Secure Fuel Tanks

If you have any external fuel tanks or generators, flooding can potentially carry them away. Before any heavy rain, be sure to secure and anchor your fuel tanks. This is also helpful with any generators or fuel tanks located in a basement. Even a small amount of flood can cause significant damage.

Water Heater Elevation

Flooding, unfortunately, happens, even against our greatest efforts. A great way to minimize damage to your building when it does happen is to elevate your water heater. Typically you will want to elevate your water heater 12 inches from the floor. Using pressure-treated lumber, or concrete blocks are the best materials to use.

If you have experienced water damage, contact us first. The sooner we can begin work, the more we can minimize the damage water can cause.


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