Flooding in Ireland is a serious problem. Across the country we have seen high-profile flooding in previous years and know first-hand that severe flooding can have a major impact on businesses and communities. Heavy rainfall puts pressure on drains, and overflow that can cause damage to homes and workplaces as well as causing transport chaos.
We can help you develop robust flood protection solutions and reactive flood damage clean up techniques
Causes of Flooding
There are many different causes of flooding, including:
- Blocked sewers
- Burst water mains
- Lack of sufficient drainage
- Heavy rainfall
- Flooding from the sea or main river
- Collapsed or damage river or canal banks
The best way to prepare for flooding is to create a flood plan. We would advise you to collect a pack of useful documents which include elements such as emergency telephone numbers and insurance documents.
By preparing for an emergency scenario, organisations can develop a robust flood planning strategy to ensure an effective response in the event of a flooding incident. By taking action in advance most businesses can save 20-90% on the cost of lost stock and equipment.
Flood Protection Solutions
Sandbags, flood and door barriers can all help prevent the onset of water damage. Preventative measures could mean the difference between a totally unsalvageable workplace with potentially thousands of pounds of damage, and a relatively simple clean up job which would require waterproof clothing and a pump.
Flooding may put your employees and workplace at risk, so it is important to have flooding protection in place in case the worst should happen - whether the flooding is large scale and affects regions or is a burst pipe on site.
Firstly, get a kit of essential items that you may need in the immediate aftermath of a flood, such as a first aid kit, a torch, and waterproof gear.
If your property is liable to flooding, think about where and how you could protect it against flooding using temporary barriers or more permanent fixture.
Flood Damage Clean Up
If you or your employees are working in flood water, be aware - there may be hidden dangers such as sharp objects, hidden holes and dips in the ground or raised manhole covers. Do not enter a building until the emergency services advise that it is safe to do so.
Switch off the electricity supply at the mains. While standing in flood water never touch sources of electricity. If you need to use power tools, use battery powered tools where possible or if necessary, use a portable generator.
Flood water can easily be contaminated by sewage, animal waste or even chemicals, so make sure you wear the correct equipment to protect yourself. At the very least wear wellington boots and gloves. You may wish to invest in some waterproof gear if the water is deep or if you will be working in the flood water for a long time. Prevent water from splashing your face by wearing a simple face mask and protect your eyes with safety glasses or goggles.
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Ensure you have the right equipment to be prepared for flooding and to safely clean-up afterwards to keep your site open, operations running and people safe. From sandbags, flood and door barriers to lighting, water pumps and cleaning solutions.
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