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Commercial Property Flood Prevention Tips From Ohio Restoration Professionals

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage to commercial building in Ohio Contact the flood restoration professionals today!

Flooding is possible whenever Ohio experiences heavy rainfall

Among the most costly and common natural disasters are floods. Flooding can occur as a consequence of consistent rain for several days, melting ice, and severe storms. There have been numerous occasions in the last 20 years when the residents of Ohio woke up to their streets turned into rivers as a result of days of heavy rainfall. 

Just like the residential homes in Ohio, commercial buildings are vulnerable to expensive weather-related water damage. Common commercial property damage in Ohio is typically caused by blizzards, tornadoes, and severe rainstorms.  

If you own a commercial property and are concerned about floods and restoration, then this post is for you!

What can cause flooding in Ohio?

Heavy rainfall

The simplest answer is heavy rains. We are surrounded by infrastructure and systems that are designed to drain rainwater into appropriate reservoirs and basins. However, these systems get overwhelmed when it rains heavily, and the water cannot drain as quickly as it needs to.

Broken dams

When it rains heavily, the water level rises. Aging dams will fail and unleash water into commercial and residential areas.

Overflowing rivers

Sometimes rivers overflow their banks and cause flooding. Overflowing rivers happens when there's more water upstream than normal and as it flows downstream to the surrounding low-lying areas. 

Commercial flood prevention tips

Being prepared never hurts. If you know a natural disaster or an extreme storm is coming your way, call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek to protect your building from floodwaters, high winds, and flying debris. Our IICRC certified professionals can board your windows and detect the vulnerable spots of your commercial building. It may be necessary to install a dam-like effect around your building by using a flood barrier in some cases. Flood barriers are known to defend a building from rising floodwaters. Here are some other tips you may want to consider to prevent your property from flooding: 

  • Assess your commercial property

Inspect your commercial property for areas where floods could pose problems and then make the necessary repairs or modifications as required.

  • Consider basement and foundation repair.

If your property has a basement, then installing a sump pump, patching foundation walls, and caulking cracks could go a long way when it comes to keeping your basement building dry. 

  • Flood-proofing

Consider flood-proofing the property if incoming water was a problem previously. As it is self-explanatory, flood-proofing gives your building protection from water damage. This means adding a protective seal or shielding to your property's outside walls to prevent floodwater from getting in.

  • Improving Landscaping

Correctly landscape the building's exterior to allow water to flow away from the foundation of the building. Make sure the downspouts are located, so water from the roof drains away from your property.

  • Remove debris

Cleaning debris off the roof, downspouts, gutters, and drains will stop potential water from backing up into your property.

Who to call for commercial flood restoration


SERVPRO is a renowned company known for helping commercial clients with flood prevention and flood mitigation. The SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek team is fully equipped with state-of-the-art tools and has over 50 years of experience in restoring all water damage types and working on home insurance claims. We offer 24/7 emergency services to our customers, so give us a call, and we will arrive shortly!

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