Were you affected by Hurricane Harvey? If you live in the Houston or Dallas area, chances are you were affected by this powerful storm. So now you may be scrambling to put things together again. Where do you start?
There are many options that you can choose when trying to rebuild and repair your home. Much of this starts with your foundation. You can check your foundation for problems such as cracks in the walls or floors that feel warped. Both of these things are signs of a possible problem, but you will not know the extent of the damage until you have it inspected.
When a storm passes, the first thing you need to do is to check for any signs of damage and get with a seasoned foundation repair specialist like Abry Brothers. We have three decades of experience with home foundation repair, and we offer free estimates on foundation inspections.
How to Handle Foundation Problems
There are some ways to solve your foundation problems. Three of the most common ways are listed below.
If Hurricane Harvey heavily damaged your home, it’s possible that you may have to rebuild your home or structure. Your foundation is the heart of your home, so you need first to make sure that your foundation is strong. We can check on this for you, and if your home needs to be rebuilt, we can help you with your foundation and refer you to other resources that can help you rebuild other aspects of your home.
Remember that sometimes you only need certain parts of your home rebuilt. If this is the case, we may be able to do this rebuilding for you. In some cases, your entire house may have been lost. In these cases, you may have to also consult with contractors or carpenters to see where you need to start to rebuild. Financial help for these severe situations is available through a variety of sources include FEMA.gov, state and local aid, community, and church groups. Insurance will also cover many conditions involving loss of property due to disaster if you carry the right type of house insurance.
If your house is sinking due to flooding or water settling underneath your house, you may need your home elevated. The elevation is done by using specific equipment to raise your home above the foundation when it has sunk below the foundation level. If you have experienced sinking of your home, you need to take action soon to avoid it causing you further problems.
Sometimes there is major structural damage to a wall or other part of the house that must be knocked down to repair or replace it. Usually, if you have to knock down a wall, it is not repairable. If your house is damaged beyond repair that involves certain sections, you may need to have it replaced. In this case, you would need to start over with new materials to replace the damaged section.
Minor vs. Major Repairs
Chances are if your home was not damaged beyond repair, the repairs may not require you to have your walls knocked down or your home elevated or rebuilt. These are major types of repairs that are only done when the damage is so extensive that it becomes necessary to start over with those sections of your house to repair it.
Regardless of what your situation is or how much repair has to be done, you can count on us at Abry Brothers to help you out to get your home in the best condition after a disaster, flood, or other situation.
Doing your own inspections
The first step in determining the condition of your home after a flood, hurricane, or any other “act of nature,” is to do some checking for obvious signs of damage such as cracks in the walls, sticking doors, abnormal or excessive house settling, or other signs.
By doing a quick check around your home to check for these problems, you can figure out what your next step should be. When checking for problems in your internal structure, don’t forget to check outside, as well. Many signs of damage are seen in the brick or concrete of a home. Look for long-running horizontal or vertical gaps in the sidewalks or stairways, as well.
Once you find any problems with your home’s structure, you will want to take notes and make a list of what you saw to share with your foundation repair company.
Why Abry Brothers?
At Abrys Brothers, we have been running our family foundation repair business collectively for over 174 years. That’s a long time! We’ve had lots of time to perfect our craft and be able to offer our customers in the Houston area the best and most complete foundation repair available.
For foundation repair in Houston, contact us to find out what needs to be done to get your home back to its former condition. Hurricane Harvey was a violent storm that left many homeowners in the Texas area devastated and left with a mess to clean up and repair.
But there is help to be found. Contact us at abrybros.com. We can help you troubleshoot your problems with your home and design a plan to fix them. We also understand that fixing your home foundation issues can disrupt your life. That’s why we try to get in and get the problem fixed as quickly as possible.
Whether your home is in need of minor repairs, rebuilding, elevations, or knock down projects, we can help you to plan and organize a strategy to solve your foundation problems as fast as possible with the best professional job we can do for you.
We love our customers in the Houston area, and it shows. Give us a call today, and we will help you to get your home repaired after a storm so you can get your life back.