Winter Storm Aftermath: Post-Thaw Flooding

As temperatures finally rise above freezing, granting everyone a break from the winter storms, a new set of complications is heading our way. With the thaw, the accumulated snow and ice transform from a winter wonder into a potential hazard—flooding. For property owners, this shift in weather brings forth a critical need to understand and navigate the challenges that accompany the melting snow and ice. There is no time to waste; take actionable steps to prepare, manage, and recover from the looming threat of flooding after the recent winter storms. 

Prepare For Potential Flooding

Assessing Vulnerabilities

Regardless of your property type, assess vulnerabilities such as low-lying areas and drainage systems. For commercial properties, consider the unique structural aspects that may impact flood risk.

Snow and Ice Removal

Proactive snow and ice removal is essential for both residential and commercial properties. Clear pathways, drains, and parking lots to facilitate the flow of melting water away from your property. Commercial property owners may also look into advanced snow removal techniques, including specialized equipment for large parking lots and walkways. Timely and efficient snow removal can reduce the risk of flooding.

Structural Integrity Checks

Commercial property owners should go beyond the basics and conduct structural integrity checks. Ensure that your property’s foundation, walls and roofing are resilient to the stress induced by melting snow and potential flooding. Allow for your roof to be free of ice dams, which can lead to water infiltration during the thaw. Learn more about ice dams in our blog:

Landscaping Adaptations

Tailor your landscaping strategy to your property type. For homes, focus on grading and drainage solutions. Commercial properties may need specialized landscaping to redirect water flow away from the infrastructure. 

Emergency Plan

Commercial property owners should also maintain emergency supplies, ensuring the safety of employees and visitors. Consider the unique needs of your business, including backup power sources and communication systems. Commercial property owners should have a clear evacuation plan and protocols in place for employees and visitors. Designate assembly points and communicate procedures to ensure a safe exit and business continuity. . 

What Do I Do During a Flood?

Protecting Assets

Take proactive measures to safeguard valuable equipment and essential documents in commercial spaces. Elevate these items above potential flood levels to help minimize damage. Implement protocols for securing machinery and sensitive data to mitigate losses during a flood. 

Water Management

Address water accumulation with practical solutions. Place water buckets strategically to collect and redirect water away from critical areas. Protect belongings and equipment by raising them above potential flood levels. Consider installing barriers or seals to prevent water infiltration into sensitive areas. 

Appliance Precautions

Take precautions with appliances to prevent damage during flooding. Elevate electrical appliances to high ground or place them on sturdy platforms. Disconnect appliances to avoid electrical hazards. If possible, move appliances to a higher floor or relocate them to a safer area within the property. 

Communication Systems

Ensure that communication remains intact during a flood. Establish backup power sources for communication systems and keep them operational. Having redundant communication channels allows for timely dissemination of information to employees, visitors, and relevant stakeholders.

Post-Flood Recovery Tips

Documenting Damage

Documenting damage is crucial for both homeowners and commercial property owners. Take photographs and videos to facilitate insurance claims and assess the extent of the impact. 

Contacting Professionals

For commercial property owners, timely contact with professionals for cleanup and restoration is vital. Premier Claims, with expertise in both residential and commercial spaces, offers guidance through the insurance claims process, including cleanup and restoration. 

Insurance Claims

Navigating insurance claims is complex for both homes and commercial properties. Be aware of flood exclusions in your insurance policy, as standard policies may not cover flood-related damages. Separate flood coverage is typically required to ensure insurance protection for your property. Premier Claims is committed to assisting you in understanding policy nuances, aiming for a seamless recovery for your investment.

As the thawing landscapes unfold, this guide stands as a beacon for both residential and commercial property owners. By embracing preparation, vigilance, and collaboration with Premier Claims, you can fortify your property against the challenges posed by melting snow and ice. Connect with us for expert guidance tailored to the unique needs of your property, allowing a resilient and secure future.