Here’s some good news: Spring is finally here and warmer weather is at our door.

The bad news is that all that melting snow can create a lot of water damage. According to Environment Canada, snowmelt runoff is the most common cause of flooding in the country.

This type of disaster can wreak havoc with a business’s sustainability and competitiveness, resulting in a number of serious consequences:

  • Material damage to buildings, vehicles, machinery, valuables, etc.
  • Cessation of activities
  • Loss of inventory, customers and business
  • Liability risk

 One of the first things every business should do is create an action plan to ensure operations can continue in the event of a flood. The following tips can help you protect your business and your staff from potential flood damage.

  • Create a business continuity plan, such as moving to another office/plant that hasn’t been affected, subcontracting activities, etc.
  • Store all finished goods and merchandise well above the flood line to limit losses in the event of a flood.
  • Equip your facilities with emergency equipment such as portable pumps, generators, first aid kit, etc. and with an evacuation plan.
  • Remove snow around foundations and ensure the building is watertight.
  • Seal all cracks, both inside and out.
  • Make sure the plumbing/drainage system is working properly.

If flooding is inevitable:

  • Close exits and place sandbags and/or membranes in front of all entrances and doors.
  • Place all goods, particularly chemical/harmful products like insecticides, waste oil, etc., well out of water’s reach.
  • Shut off the power to prevent electrocution and immediately notify your electricity supplier and emergency services.

With proper preparation and planning, you can reduce losses and damage due to flooding and minimize its impact on your business activities.