If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, your foundation needs special care and attention. Strong winds and rains can damage the foundation in a short amount of time. The foundation is a vital part of your home and needs to be in its best condition to do its job of supporting and protecting the structure. Here’s what you need to know about repairing foundation damage that is caused by hurricanes.
How Hurricanes Can Damage a Foundation
Hurricanes consist of heavy winds and rain, which can do damage to the yard, the foundation, and the house. Excessive rains can cause flooding that can cause cracks to form in the foundation. If left too long, these cracks will become larger and lead to further issues. The inside of your home will also show signs of foundation damage from a hurricane.
Structural damage will include uneven floors, cracks in walls or floors, and leaning walls. Damage you might notice around the outside of your home include siding damage, roof damage, and developing sinkholes. Sinkholes can be caused or worsened by hurricane activity.
Having Foundation Damage from Hurricanes Repaired
After a hurricane has occurred, it’s important to check your foundation, the inside your home, and the area surrounding your home for signs of damage. Damage that is discovered should be inspected and repaired as soon as possible. Damage caused by hurricanes can happen in a shorter amount of time than normal.
Cracks that weren’t there before the hurricane may be appear after it. Sinkhole development can be accelerated by hurricane winds and flash flooding. If you live by the coast and have a seawall, it can suffer damage during a hurricane. Since a seawall is an important part of protecting your property, you will want it repaired right away.
Any cracks that formed in the foundation during a hurricane should also be repaired immediately as failing to do so can lead to greater foundation and home damage. Call a professional to assess any damage and have it repaired.
How to Protect Foundation from Further Damage
If you live in a hurricane prone area, you will want to protect your foundation, property, and house as much as you possibly can. Clean your gutters on a regular basis so that water can flow freely and empty away from your home. If your downspout empties too close to your home, consider getting an extender that will carry water farther away. Make sure the grading around your home is correct. Improper grading means that water will either sit and puddle or flow toward the foundation.
Do you have a sump pump? If so, regularly check that it’s working properly, especially right before hurricane season arrives. Also consider having a battery backup for the sump pump so that it will continue to work in the event of a power outage. Have flood vents installed in your crawl space. Flood vents will relieve water pressure should the crawl space flood.
If your foundation has been damaged by hurricane activity, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as possible.