No substance on the planet is as necessary or as damaging as water. Water works as a natural solvent, and given enough time, can destroy nearly any structure. In the course of progress and building new structures, water in the wrong place can cause massive amounts of damage and cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Water damage can be caused by something as intense as a hurricane or as innocuous as a burst pipe. No matter the cause, it’s important that the damage be addressed as quickly as possible. While there are many ways of preventing water damage from occurring, once it happens the best alternative is dewatering services. These services use a mixture of centrifugation, filtration, and other methods to remove liquid from a construction site. The most common method involves a centrifugal pump, sometimes called a trash pump, to extract water. This usually transfers the water from one point to another, but the water can also be stored and filtered for commercial use later on.
The primary way to prevent water damage during construction processes is through proper planning. Looking at previous plans of an area and discovering where underlying water mains are buried can help prevent accidental damage to the pipes, while knowledge of sewer lines is necessary to stop potential environmental contamination. It’s almost important to install waterproofing on foundations, roofs, windows, and more to prevent water from finding its way inside a structure after building is complete.
After the necessary planning has taken place, it’s important to have contingency plans should any damage occur. Know where the main breakers are in order to reduce the risk of electric shock. Have a water restoration company on standby in case they’re needed. Take the time to properly train employees on how to respond to water-based threats at the construction site.
Any materials that can be potentially damaged by water should only be on-site when needed. Keeping these materials away from the jobsite until it’s time to use them reduces the chance they can be damaged by rainfall or accidental exposure to moisture. While in transit to and from the site, these materials should be properly sealed and contained.
While it’s impossible to plan against every eventuality, taking proactive steps to prevent damage can go a long way toward reducing the cost of repairs and potential delays on a construction site.