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Preparing For A Hurricane
When preparing for a hurricane, the potential for flooding and other building envelope breaches is a serious concern. Facility managers and property managers can mitigate these risks with a comprehensive inspection and ongoing preventative maintenance program. We recommend that you include the following areas of risk as you prepare for hurricane season.
Inspect the Full Building Envelope: Since the building envelope is the physical barrier between the conditioned and unconditioned environment of the building, it is the front line for keeping water out. This includes walls, foundations, roofs, windows, etc. Water will find a way in, so any gaps, cracks, or holes should be repaired to prevent water and wind intrusion.
Inspect the Roof and any Equipment on it: As a part of the building envelope, it is one of the first lines of defense against a hurricane. Regular inspections throughout the year will help you identify any weak areas, loose materials or existing damages that may be exacerbated by a hurricane. Check now to make sure all repairs can be completed before bad weather starts. You will also want to make sure that any equipment that is housed on the roof is properly secured and maintained to avoid flying debris or extra damage.
Inspect Foundations & Basements: Regularly check for cracks and leaks in the foundation or basement walls and floors. Make sure everything is properly sealed and waterproofed to avoid sub-grade intrusion. Check these areas again during flooding, as the rise in groundwater may show new or hidden issues.
Inspect Doors & Windows: Make sure all gaskets, seals and weatherstripping are in good condition around all doors and windows to prevent water intrusion. As well, make sure any reinforcements or storm shutters that you plan to use are in good working condition and in proper position to install as weather moves in.
Check Gutters & Drains: Gutters, downspouts and drains should be cleaned and inspected regularly. Make sure they are free flowing to keep water moving away from your building. Also, make sure they are properly attached to the building, so they work properly and do not become an extra danger with whipping wind.
Check Landscaping: Help prevent flooding around your building with regular landscaping maintenance. Remove any loose limbs or dead plants. Make sure the ground slopes away from your building, especially around entry doors.
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Clear Drainage Path: Many of these areas, are elements of your water drainage system. Make sure the entire path is clear, from roof to gutters to downspouts to trench or basin drains to your final outflow.
Secure any Outdoor Furniture or Equipment: As a functioning building, there is always some kind of maintenance project going on. Make sure all equipment is tied down or put away. Also properly secure or store any kind of furniture, art, supplies, etc so they do not become flying projectiles.
Check HVAC Systems: Keep your system functioning properly to help control indoor humidity levels during a storm. Make sure lower level systems are raised or out of the way of flooding to avoid additional water damage.
Install or Check Sump Pumps: A sump pump can allow you an immediate response to water intrusion. Work with your team to consider the viability for your particular situation. If you have one, make sure it is in proper working order.
Check Flood Barriers: If you use flood barriers on any part of your property, make sure they are properly maintained and easily accessible for installation.
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