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Wet floodproofing with a CMMS

By FacilityDude
Apr 25, 2014

Maintenance, Facilities Management

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When it comes to combating floods, you'll need more than just sand bags and rain jackets. There are many different techniques for preventing or mitigating flood damage, and computer maintenance management software may be just the tool to help you keep track of all the necessary steps for preparing your facility. For the best results, however, you'll want to make sure you have one of these solutions well before you think you may need it.

Wet floodproofing with a CMMS Floods can occur rapidly and with little warning. As such, you should know the best floodproofing techniques for your facility's types of buildings. Wet and dry are the two main methods of floodproofing, with the former allowing water to enter the house and the latter trying to resist it. Each technique has its own pros and cons depending on the building in question. Once you've decided which is the right path, you can begin to program a checklist of maintenance tasks in your CMMS for future use. Here's a look into wet floodproofing, and how to do it.

The basics of wet floodproofing

The idea may seem counterintuitive - after all, what kind of floodproofing doesn't make any attempt to stop water from coming in? However, the point of wet floodproofing isn't meant to combat water damage, but to prevent the physical and very destructive force of surging water. As the flood's flow increases, it exerts more weight and pressure against structures. Extensive damage can result, including a home being carried downstream. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the technique is best used for old and weak structures, elevated buildings, below-grade basements, walk-out basements, crawl spaces and garages. It is generally unsuitable to allow waters to flow through main living or work spaces.

Implementing strategies

To successfully wet floodproof buildings, you'll need to make sure that flood water can easily enter and exit the structure at below flood grade, while still protecting those areas that shouldn't be exposed to contaminated waters. At the top of your list of tasks is to install wall openings in foundation and garage walls. You'll also want to install flood-resistant materials in those spaces that may be exposed to water. That means removing items such as drywall, insulation and carpeting, and replacing them with concrete, stone, tile and other naturally resistant materials. Also, make sure that any sort of paperwork or documentation, such as health records or work orders are placed well away from the flooded rooms.

This kind of preparation cannot be done once a flood alert has been announced. Rather, you'll need to implement these techniques well in advance. A CMMS will make sure that you don't forget any step. You can even create a long-term schedule for completing the work over time.

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