“New flood maps in many states have raised the estimation of flood risks along rivers, streams and oceans, adding many properties to flood zones for the first time.” -Bill Dedman
American journalist Bill Dedman reveals the increasing truth across the United States: more and more properties are becoming vulnerable to flooding. Recently, eastern Kentucky received more that 10 inches of rain in 24 hours, leading to deadly flash floods and mudslides. Numerous people died as the deadly mudslides destroyed homes and roads, causing a state of emergency.
This flooding catastrophe followed on the heels of another deadly situation in St. Louis, which also was inundated with water and flooding. That rain system, which followed a drought, broke a century-old record. The rainfall saturated much of St. Louis and other areas of Missouri. A foot of rain turned the area into a lake and also dangerous rivers that destroyed homes. Many people even had to flee their homes in inflatable boats.
Last year in Detroit and Wayne County, a torrential downpour caused millions of dollars in damage. The June 25 storm unleashed over six inches of rain in that area and lead to overloaded wastewater systems. Homeowners throughout the region experienced flooded basements and damaged or ruined roads. Estimates put the damage over $100 million as people had to replace numerous items like furnaces, drywall, entire rooms, as well as damaged foundations and flooded basements.
An authority agency in the region called that amount of intense rain “unprecedented.” However, it seems the country is experiencing more and more of these rains, making them, unfortunately, more commonplace. While many homeowners in the area may, hopefully, not experience flooding to this degree, they will experience serious rainfalls. Thus, they should make sure their homes are airtight and secure. Severe, intense rainfalls can cause serious damage to homes. Things to look out for:
- soil around the home sinking.
- small cracks in foundations and around window frames.
- shifting doorframes.
- ceiling cracks.
- the smell of mustiness in basements and crawl spaces.
- mildew and mold cropping up in various places.
All of these are dangerous signs of water issues, conditions that can wreak havoc on a home and human health. Mold is not only unhealthy but can be deadly. This fungus can cause allergy-like symptoms and chronic congestion that leads to coughing, sneezing, runny noses, and Rhinitis.
Further, mold can lead to respiratory problems like allergic reactions and asthma and lung issues. Also, many people might not realize that mold can cause eye problems as well as and throat and skin issues. There’s even hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which has been linked to exposure to indoor mold.
If area residents notice sinking soil around their homes, small cracks and fissures in foundations and window frames, shifting doorways and frames, ceilings cracks, a musty smell, mold, and flu-like systems, they should contact Rock Foundations of Fenton, Michigan, right away!
Rock Foundations of Fenton is an outstanding company and the best in the area for responding to water-related problems. People throughout mid-Michigan count on Rock Foundations for handling their home’s water problems and providing excellent damp-proofing products.
People can expect that Rock Foundations will inspect the home thoroughly:
- check the foundation fully, looking for new cracks and worsening cracks.
- inspect all of the landscaping around the house to determine if it is adding to the problems. Trees too close to a home can cause foundation damage and shifting, and improper drainage and grading also can cause water damage to foundations.
- inspect basement walls, drain tile systems, and crawl spaces. Damage to these lower-level areas can indicate water problems.
Rock Foundations is extremely dedicated to great service and will inspect a home fully until all source(s) of a water problem are identified. They then will provide a diagnosis of how to make the necessary repairs. People throughout mid-Michigan can count on Rock Foundations for the best service and high-quality workmanship. Their 4.6 Google rating and positive online reviews point to their many pleased customers.
- Came out to our home today to repair a few cracks in our concrete block foundation. They were knowledgeable, professional, and extremely thorough. They were friendly and cleaned up after themselves before they left. Their work looks outstanding, and I feel so relieved to know our basement is completely repaired and waterproof again. I very highly recommend this company.
- We used Rock Foundations as they offered the best value for our project. We had difficult weather conditions and site elevation issues. Rock Foundations was able to complete the project without delays. We would definitely recommend them and use them again in the future.
- Don and the team at Rock Foundations were professional, punctual, and helpful. I hired Rock Foundations for my new home construction with a full basement and trench footings.
I had made some requests along the way which Joe and the wall team were able to make happen! It’s good to see people who take pride in their work. Rock Foundations will be who I refer my family and friends to, and I will be using them again in the future.
Over and over, words like professionalism, quality, responsiveness, and value are used to describe Rock Foundations of Fenton, Michigan. They are extremely reliable and skilled at what they do. One customer exclaimed: “Rock Foundations is on it! Don delivered a great product. We felt valued as a first-time customer and will look to Rock Foundations with future projects. Thanks to Don and the crew we are off to a solid start on our new home.”
While we definitely need to rain to water our lawns, grow our flowers and vegetables, and replenish our lakes and rivers, water, especially dangerous rainfalls, can damage our homes in numerous ways. So, contact Rock Foundations today to determine and repair problems and make your home airtight and secure. Even if there is no damage yet, an inspection and water proofing products can keep your home from experiencing future problems.
One report indicates, “There are 366,735 properties in Michigan that have greater than a 26% chance of being severely affected by flooding over the next 30 years.” And “First Street Foundation’s flood assessment method finds 70% more parcels at flood risk nationwide than are noted by FEMA. A nonprofit consortium of university researchers has reassessed the flood risk for every property in the nation — more than 142 million homes and properties across the contiguous U.S. — exposing a federal flood mapping system that is often either badly outdated or missing information altogether. Brooklyn-based First Street Foundation’s released its flood risk data — and its modernized, more comprehensive model for assessing it — identifies 70% more properties nationwide with flood risk than the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Special Flood Hazard Areas maps. In Michigan, First Street finds almost 400,000 more properties with flood risk than FEMA identifies.”
Clearly, thousands of properties throughout the United States and Michigan can expect flooding or serious rainfall in the years to come. There is a saying: “Into every life, rain will fall.” This is true, so homeowners should be proactive to prevent problems and also be diligent in making repairs if experiencing problems. Rock Foundations is the best in the business. People can count on the Rock for all their water-related home issues. Water may be inevitable, but damage doesn’t have to be.