Many areas in Texas are prone to flooding, especially areas near the coast during hurricane season. If you happen to live in an area that is flood-prone, protecting your home against excess water can often be a real battle.
In this article, we’ll look at several important considerations that you will want to keep in mind if your home is built in a flood-prone area.
The Risks Associated with Building in a Flood-Prone Area
A major flood has the potential to completely destroy a home and everything inside of it. However, even minor flooding can damage the foundation of a building over time, and this damage often goes unnoticed until it becomes severe.
Water doesn’t have to rise far above the base of your home to cause damage. Any flow of water around your foundation can erode away the soil that supports the slab, causing your foundation to settle. A settling foundation can cause a wide range of issues, including cracks in the foundation, cracks in the walls and outside bricks, misalignments both within and outside the interior of the building, and more.
Excess water due to flooding can also damage the foundation directly as well as erode away the soil beneath it by seeping into small cracks in the foundation and causing them to grow larger over time.
In most locations, a well-built drainage system is enough to direct water away from your foundation and eliminate the risk of damage. However, in a flood-prone area, even the best drainage systems can sometimes be overwhelmed.
How to Protect Your Home from Flood Damage
Protecting your home from water damage in an area that is prone to flooding often requires a multi-faceted approach.
A good place to start it to evaluate your risk of flooding by checking the FEMA Flood Map Service to see how prone to flooding your area is. If you find that your home is indeed located in a flood-prone area, it may be wise to take precautions to prevent damage.
One of the most effective approaches to preventing flood damage is to raise your home on stilts or piers. Raising a home will raise the building’s flood level, which will make it invulnerable to any flood that isn’t high enough to reach the new flood level. Given that even an inch of water can be damaging to a home if it rises above the flood level, raising your home can pay dividends if you live in a flood-prone area. While raising a home after it has already been built is a little more involved than raising it during construction, it is certainly a common project and one that we at Abry Brothers are very experienced at completing.
Another option for protecting your home from flood damage is to apply sealant to your walls, doorways, windows, and foundation. The sealant works to fill in any cracks that water could seep through and keep the water out of your home. However, it won’t stop the flood waters from eroding away the soil beneath your foundation.
Flood vents can be installed to protect your foundation from flood damage. These vents work by allowing water to flow through your crawl space or garage rather than pooling around your foundation. If you live in a flood-prone area, there is a good chance that your home was equipped with flood vents during its construction. However, if you do not already have flood vents installed, they are well worth considering.
Lastly, it goes without saying that an effective drainage system is essential for protecting your home from flood damage. In spite of how important proper drainage is, many homes continue to be constructed without a drainage system that is capable of effectively directing water away from the home. This oversight is unfortunately common, even in flood-prone areas. If you notice that water tends to pool around your home rather than being directed away, it is essential that you address any problems with your drainage system before a flood strikes. An effective drainage system is your home’s most important line of defense against all types of water damage, whether it be a light rainfall or a major flood.
Given the damage that flooding can cause, realizing that you live in a flood-prone location can certainly be cause for concern. However, the good news is that there are effective steps that you can take to ensure that your home won’t be severely damage when the water begins to rise.
At Abry Brothers, we are dedicated to repairing the damage the flooding causes and, most importantly, preventing flood damage from ever happening in the first place. Whether you would like to raise your home, fix your drainage system, or repair any minor damage to your foundation before a flood exaggerates it, we are able to help. If you would like to learn more about how we can protect your home from flooding, we invite you to contact us today.