As we watch the news here at Allied Foundation, we see Hurricane Isaac making quite an entrance into the Gulf of Mexico (dubbing the unfortunate nickname of Hurricane Alley) which is could make a change in direction and cause havoc on Houston. Not only has Isaac made its mark on Florida’s coast, but it’s headed straight toward New Orleans – an area that has been beaten up quite enough in recent years and is still trying to rebuild itself after Katrina’s wreckage.
According to the latest “projected path cone,” we should expect tropical storm forces here in Houston and surrounding areas. Although the good news is that we won’t have a hurricane on our hands, even tropical storm forces are nothing to take lightly. Tropical storms can bring heavy flooding and harsh winds (anywhere from 39-73 MPH) into the area; and as we’ve seen from the South Florida flooding (which was outside of Isaac’s stream-lined path), we should prepare for a great deal of rain, followed by standing water.
Preparation Before The Storm
Make sure you’ve bought your extra batteries, filled some gas cans for your generator and have plenty of non-perishable food and bottled water stocked up – just in case. Once the rain has fallen, please remember to stay clear of any standing water. Aside from the fact that mosquitoes love to breed in standing water and can carry the West Nile virus, standing water after storms may contain down power lines and other creepy, crawly and dangerous creatures that you may not see coming. Water moccasins are famous for sneaking up on folks when they least expect it. We ask our fellow Houstonians to keep yourselves, and your family, away from any standing water in your area and be mindful of all the dangers these storms can produce.
After the Storm
After the rain has come and gone, take note of how much water your property endured. That doesn’t mean just the inside, as we hope the interiors of your Houston home are spared. What we are referencing is the exteriors of your home. After the rain has subsided, are you still seeing major puddles of water in your yard? If you are seeing that your yard is having difficulty soaking up the extra water from the storm, you might start planning to call us for a foundation inspection. The extreme moisture that is often left behind from extreme rain leaves your foundation with minimum support. It is best to get it checked out before you start experiencing more of the effects of a foundation that is in need of repair, like cracks in the interior or exterior walls of your Houston home.
Sewer Lines and Storms
Another common issue that can occur after a heavy storm is faltering of your sewer lines. The extreme moisture in the soil can be quite heavy on your sewer lines. You may need to get these inspected as well before you have a major problem on your hands.
Another issue that could occur is with the water pipes in your home. These storms can create a low pressure that can highly affect your pipes and cause them to burst or begin to leak. This is more common in older or vintage Houston homes that are still using old copper pipes in their homes. If you feel your pipes may have been affected after the storm, then we suggest getting an inspection and converting your old pipes to PEX piping.
Remember these tips to ensure that you and your family remain safe during Isaac’s visit. Here at Allied Foundation, we are wishing you all a safe and damage-free week!
**This blog has since been updated since its original post.