Houston is still rebuilding after the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017 dumping over 50 inches of rain. U.S. Postal Service figures show 11,500 Houston homes became vacant between June 2017 and February 2018. Thirty-six of the 68 deaths attributed to the storm were in the Houston area, where flooding inundated an estimated 150,000 homes and 300,000 vehicles. Today, many homes are in some stage of repair. Homeowners that flooded are at a crossroad. Do they move or prepare for the next flood? The most common option to prevent flooding is to elevate your home. You’ve probably seen many homes in the same neighborhood undergoing this major renovation.
Elevate Your Home
The cost to elevate your home costs $100,000 to above $300,000.
The benefit to elevating a home is that it prevents most flooding.
The downside to elevating a home is that aesthetics are significantly impacted with this method of flood prevention, as is the original function of the home. The structural integrity can also be affected by the elevation process, which has a trickle down affect on the rest of the home over time. The biggest downside is the cost. We will dive into this in more detail in a later blog post, but suffice to say, the price tag is quite hefty, and you will be responsible for the majority of it in most cases.
Dry Floodproofing You Home (FloodSafe Your Home):
The benefits of dry floodproofing are as follows:
- It costs significantly less than all other methods mentioned
- The aesthetics and normal function of the home remain the same as before, as our method is undetectable for the most part
- We address walls, doors, and windows with a tested solution.
- Best of all, it prevents flood damage.
Caution: Our method assumes integrity of the slab. If your slab is in poor condition, this method will not remedy water in the home as water will seep up through the ground. You should address any concerns you have about your slab before considering this as a solution to your flooding.
What if you do nothing?
Sadly, we will see many homeowners do nothing (especially after surviving Harvey) and hope and pray they are safe. This is not ideal especially when there is an affordable and effective solution. It’s not a matter of “If it floods again.” It’s only a matter of when it floods again. Flood maps show that more than 25 percent of Harris County is in the 100-year flood plain and more than 33 percent of the county is in the 500-year flood plain. Structures in a 100-year flood plain have a 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year, while those in a 500-year flood plain have a 0.2 percent chance of flooding during any year. The Houston area has had three 500-year flood events since 2015. Many of the Houston area homes damaged during Harvey were not in designated flood plains.
Please contact us for a flood risk assessment of your property.