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Wet Flood Proofing: an Oxymoron?

WET FLOOD PROOFING: This is generally the least expensive floodproofing technique, but it’s also the least effective in the long term. The strategies here result in a home still suffering through a flood, but strive to decrease the damage to the home and your contents.  Techniques that fall under this definition include installing flood vents to minimize structural damage, relocating the electrical panel and the utilities above the base flood elevation (BFE), anchoring the foundation and any fuel tanks to minimize movement or destruction and protecting your personal belongings.

Elevated air handlers

Elevated air handlers

This technique requires active participation on the part of the homeowner. Many times, if not most, there are days of warning prior to a flood hitting your home. With the exception of a flashflood and possibly a catastrophic tsunami, you have time to move your personal belongings out of harms way. Get busy! Move your stuff!

Using cinder blocks to protect belongings one idea.

Using cinder blocks to lift items above projected flood levels is one idea.

PROTECT YOUR CONTENTS: A simple idea to protect personal belongings is to utilize a section of your home that does not flood, e.g, a second floor, and start by moving everything upstairs. Family pictures, important documents, anything you don’t want to be destroyed – move it. We’ve used this method several times. It’s exhausting, but effective. Another idea to protect your home’s contents is to rent out storage space at a storage facility. Most times your flood insurance will cover these costs after a flood warning has been issued.  We utilized this option during a flood threat and basically emptied the entire family room (couches, tables, toys, books, etc.). This option provides great piece of mind, but a bit more planning. During the last flood event, before we decided to lift our house, I decided if I had to move all of my furniture anyway, I may as well move it out of the house altogether. That way it would be easier to start the clean-up and rebuilding process.

Wet Floodproofing will still leave you with a big clean-up effort, requires active participation just prior to the flood event, and offers no reductions in flood insurance premiums. It’s better than nothing – much better. When the water’s rising, do something – even if it’s just moving all of the items in your house upstairs.

Root Heaving & Concrete Footings

WEEK 6 UNFOLDS: Wouldn’t it be great if your renovation project came with an “Easy” button like the one in the Staples commercials?

That was easy!

As anyone who has ever undergone a major renovation project can tell you, there are only two safe bets: the project will take longer than expected and cost more than anticipated. Our lift endured a one week delay due to heavy rains that kept the lifting company on their previous job. A week sounds tiny – but it has ramifications. Our construction team still believes they can have us back in our house on schedule (3 months from now).  Fingers crossed!

PORTION OF THE FOUNDATION MISSING: So far, only a couple of quirks with the house itself have been uncovered: there was not a proper foundation built under the renovation the previous owners added (one will now need to be added) and some of the foundation stone work from the 1920’s, when our house was built, is falling apart and will need to be rebuilt. Not major work – just more work. More work usually means more time …

Framing out a new footing that had been missing.

Framing out a new footing that had been missing as well as removing a giant root ball.

Fresh concrete: clean and neat

Fresh concrete: clean and neat

AND ANOTHER THING: Unrelated to our project specifically, we learned yesterday that our sewer line is chock full of tree roots, a different tree than the one causing the backyard impediment,  and will need to be power blasted in order to rectify the flow of the line – ca-ching!