June marks the beginning of the annual Atlantic and Gulf Coast hurricane season. Although hurricane preparation is usually directed towards residents and homeowners, business owners should also begin watching tropical activity for any signs of an imminent storm or hurricane in our area. Although we cannot completely prevent hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall from impacting our businesses and commercial properties, there are some proactive steps business owners can take to minimize damage and protect their commercial property. Today’s blog post looks at four specific ways businesses can better protect their company and commercial property this hurricane season.
Proactive Tree Pruning
Strategic and proactive tree pruning not only improves tree health, but also decreases the chances of broken or damaged branches falling down and causing property damage or personal injury. Overgrown tree branches can cause significant property losses, and can also lead to power outages if they are in close proximity to utility poles. Also, tree pruning can reveal hidden issues with trees that can be corrected before hurricane-force winds further damage the tree, such as hidden breaks, diseases or insect infestations.
Install Drainage Systems
A professional drainage system redirects the flow of heavy rainfall and floodwaters so they do not threaten business structures, vehicles, and other areas of the commercial property. Without adequate drainage, water can quickly accumulate and cause widespread commercial property flooding and costly damages. Drainage systems can also reduce soil erosion, which can further damage the health of the commercial grass, trees, and plants.
Securing Exterior Amenities
A number of commercial properties offer outdoor amenities for visitors, customers, and employees to enjoy, such as tables and chairs for dining, large patio umbrellas, and bench seating. However, these exterior amenities could become dangerous and even deadly hazards during a strong hurricane or windstorm if they are not properly secured. These should either be secured with heavy reinforcements, or brought inside to prevent further property damage during a hurricane.
Confirming Commercial Insurance Coverage
It is important for any commercial property owner near the Gulf Coast to secure quality commercial insurance coverage to protect against losses to commercial structures, business assets, fleet vehicles, and large trees and outdoor signage. Many businesses discover too late that they lack the proper commercial insurance coverage to offset losses or help cover repairs, renovations, and asset replacement due to hurricane-related damages. Without proper commercial insurance in place, losses caused by windstorms, power outages, or flooding can cause thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket damages.
Hurricane damage can never be completely avoided, but proactive steps by commercial property owners can help minimize damages and protect long-term property health. LMC is committed to helping commercial property owners protect their business property before a storm strikes with top quality commercial landscape and tree care services. Contact LMC today for more information, or go online to request a free consultation about Tree Pruning, Tree Removal, Cabling and Bracing, Drainage Services, or Emergency Tree Services.