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3 Ways To Protect Your Business From a Spring Thaw

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Prevent water damage to your business during the spring thaw.

3 Ways to Prevent a Spring Thaw in Your Business

When the days get warmer, the snow and ice outside start to melt. You might be past the point of fearing a frozen pipe will burst and cause a flood, but you still want to do what you can to prevent a spring flood in your Woodbury, MN, business. Here are three ways to protect your business from flooding during a spring thaw.

1. Remove Excess Snow
When you hire a company to plow your sidewalks and parking lots, ensure that the company's workers don't push the excess snow into piles near your business. Additionally, take the time to shovel away any snow that the wind blew into the side of your building. When snow is near your building and begins to melt, the runoff can cause a flood, damaging your business. The flood could cause you to lose thousands of dollars in revenue from shutting your business down while water damage restoration services work to repair everything.

2. Prevent Gutter Flooding
While your gutters significantly help prevent water damage to your business during the spring thaw, they can't handle things entirely by themselves. To best protect your business and prevent your gutters from overflowing, remove the snow from the roof and all awnings on your business after every heavy snowfall, or when you see it has built up a lot. Removing the snow will help control how much water goes into the gutters and can help prevent backups and potential ice dams from forming.

3. Clean Drain Grates
Whether due to fallen leaves or accumulated trash, it's typical for sewer drain grates in a parking lot to get blocked. However, you want to do your best to keep that from happening. When the grates are blocked, the melting snow has nowhere to go and can cause problems for your business. Clear the grates immediately if you notice even a small amount of standing water.

When you are proactive and stay ahead of the spring thaw, you'll find that your business is much better protected from potential flooding.

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