The severe flooding throughout the East Coast, especially South Carolina, has business owners reevaluating their flood protection measures both in existing buildings and new construction. Whether a building is located in an identified flood zone or not, there is more than just insurance to truly protect your business and financial investment.
- Build with Flood Damage Resistant Materials: Building materials that can withstand direct contact with floodwaters for 72 hours are deemed “flood resistant” and should be used for building areas below the base flood elevation area. While these materials won’t prevent all damage, they will reduce the amount of damage and severity of clean-up. A list of these materials is available through FEMA.
- Install Sewer Backflow Valves: Sewage backup not only causes damage but can also create a health hazard. Installing valves that temporarily block the drain to prevent return flow should be installed by a licensed plumber who can advise on the correct valve for your plumbing system.
- Anchor Fuel Tanks: Rising flood waters can easily move unanchored fuel tanks located both inside and outside of a building causing property damage and an environmental hazard. Options for appropriately anchoring a fuel tank can be found on the FEMA website at fema.gov.
- Protect Electrical Systems: Components such as service panels, outlets and switches are easily damaged beyond repair by water and pose a great fire hazard. Make sure you work with a licensed contractor for proper safety measures and check with the local power company on specific regulations. An undamaged electrical system reduces hazards and will help your business return to regular operations more quickly.
Flooding is a serious threat however being thorough and proactive in your preparedness can ensure your business is protected. McWhirter Realty Partners has a skilled property management team with experience preparing and recovering from weather related events. Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about how we can protect your investments and increase your property’s value through our premier property management services.