Hurricane Florence and Your Building
As of the writing of this blog, Hurricane Florence has not made landfall yet, but it is predicted to be a monster. If you are in the path of the hurricane, your time is running out to evacuate or to fortify your home or business. It has the potential of being a Category 5 hurricane, which means the sustained winds are at or above 157 mph. In addition to the winds, the National Hurricane Center has predicted a "life-threatening storm surge" on the coasts of North and South Carolina.
Rainfall will cause catastrophic flash floods with some areas receiving as much as 40 inches of rain. Brian McNoldy, senior research associate at the University of Miami states that "[t]his could be an unprecedented disaster for North Carolina." The last time a hurricane this big hit the Carolinas was in 1954 with Hurricane Hazel, which is still talked about in regards to the amount of destruction it brought to the area. If anything, this damage will far exceed the storm of 1954, as there are more people and structures along the coast now than at any other time in history.
Damage from Hurricanes
There are many factors in a hurricane that can damage your home or business. Wind damage, structural collapse, and flooding can all impact your structure. Trees, light poles, and debris from other property can damage your building. Erosion can occur, weakening the soil around the foundation, along with the ground being oversaturated with rainfall and storm surges.
If your property is in the path of a hurricane, you will probably have to deal with some type of structural damage, whether it be from water, wind, or debris. Your building may experience foundation damage, loss of structural integrity, sinkholes, or damage to seawalls or retaining walls. Water damage can occur from flooding or foundation damage.
It is important that you take a walk around your property as soon as it is safe to do so. Assess any damage that may have occurred both inside and outside of the building. If you think that there may be any type of problem, you should call a contractor as soon as possible. They are going to be very busy after the hurricane, so it's important that you get in touch with them quickly.
Foundation Repair After a Hurricane
No matter what kind of issue you have, My Foundation Repairs can find a contractor that specializes in your particular situation and has the right tools and experience to repair any damage your home or business may have. Our contractors can help with bowing or leaning walls, foundation cracks, settled foundations, and more. We can also provide you with drainage and waterproofing solutions, both interior and exterior.
My Foundation Repairs contractors use tools and equipment from Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the industry. We will provide you a free inspection and estimate, so you know what to expect before any work begins. It is important that you start foundation damage repair as soon as possible. A weakened foundation can lead to more structural issues in the home or business.
Contact My Foundation Repairs today and get started on your foundation repairs as soon as possible