After a winter and spring that saw near-record levels of precipitation in the mountain west, homeowners all over these areas of the country, even including Utah, are on the lookout for flooding. Particularly if you live near any significant body of water, such as a stream, river or pond, ensuring your entire property is protected from potential rising water levels is a vital consideration.
At A-Shed USA, we’re here to help you ensure your storage sheds, garages and other custom buildings are protected from flooding and any other water-related risks. All our sheds come with coated flooring options and many optional upgrades that will benefit the space if flooding does take place. In addition, here are some general tips we can offer on ensuring your shed is safe from flooding during the spring and summer.
If your property has dealt with flooding in the past, you need a foundation that’s solid enough not to sink and elevated enough to allow water to pass underneath. Ground that’s used for shed placement needs to be properly leveled beforehand, removing any low points that might lead to standing water – which in turn can lead to mosquitoes, mold and several other issues. Ask about the foundation of your shed and whether it’s elevated off the ground, plus be sure to also check on air circulation that will allow for proper ventilation.
Another important factor here is choosing a shed location that doesn’t leave it in the path of water runoff or near any major water bodies. If your property contains any hills or slopes, place the shed in a higher-up area where it will not see water continuously flowing down onto it during storms.
If you’ve owned the property for a while, you should have an idea of where water pools up or stands during or after storms. With this information, you can properly place the shed so it won’t constantly be dealing with standing water. If the property is completely devoid of flat ground, you may have to consider a drainage system.
If you’re truly going the extra mile, you’ll want to consider pressure-treated lumber and flooring formats. Not only this, but ensure that the skirting around the edge of the shed is included, along with floor joists. Pressure-treated wood is designed to resist water damage rot and other concerns.
Another layer of added protection for your shed from moisture and flood risks? The proper paint. You want acrylic latex paint, a type known to protect sheds against various elements, including moisture. This kind of paint is peel- and fade-resistant, and also prevents the growth of mold or mildew.
For more on protecting your shed from floor and moisture risks, or to learn about any of our custom storage shed or garage options, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.