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In Louisiana, the threat of severe weather seems to always be on the radar. The devastation caused by hurricanes is something most of us know all too well. Property damages from severe weather often disrupt or bring construction sites to a halt, costing projects time and money. While it’s not possible to control the weather, you can control its impact on your construction site with these simple, but project-saving tips.
In the case of severe winds, it is crucial to brace building components and properly store materials for windy conditions. Since wind damage primarily involves masonry walls, framework, forms and roof coverings, evaluating your site’s wind exposures can significantly or completely eliminate the risk of damage or delay.
Hurricanes are a destructive staple of Louisiana. Fortunately, you can anticipate these storms, allowing time and preparation to protect your construction site. One way to do this is to create a hurricane contingency plan. This plan would act as a preparedness checklist of how to ready your construction site in the case of a potential hurricane. For instance, this plan would include identifying areas in need of protection like fuel tanks, heavy equipment and welding machines. For job sites especially vulnerable to hurricanes, it is important to survey the site to determine its potential exposure to high winds and flooding.
When it rains, it pours. The devastating impact of flooding and water damage is one of the leading causes of damages to buildings under construction. To protect your project, identify the possibility of flooding and evaluate site drainage. During the planning process, ensure the location and construction of temporary roofs. It is also crucial to have a site-specific plan in place to assist with mitigating the damage. This would include securing emergency response, clean-up kit and trained personnel. Lastly, avoid installing finished products like drywall, flooring and millwork until the window and door openings are closed, the roof is secured and the building is watertight.
Don’t let mother nature dictate your success! To project your construction site, project timeline and budget, it is important to evaluate site-specific risks and properly secure materials and equipment, as well as anticipate alternate construction plans. Taking the necessary precautions, formulating alternate plans and implementing preparedness procedures to stay ahead of these catastrophic storms and natural disasters can save you time, stress and money.