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Restoring Your Home After A Disaster

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Note: If you or someone you know is in danger due to a natural disaster, please get in contact with the 24-hour Emergency Rescue Services (ESR24) as soon as possible.

Losing your home or property in a disaster can be a tragic thing to go through. Some people lose everything and are really only left with their memories to help them get through the hard times. However, some lucky people have items to salvage. In some cases, natural disasters preserve enough of a home or property to merit it being restored. While this is a joyous thing to learn after you were afraid that you might lose your house, the reality soon sets in as to how much work restoring a house can take. When it comes to restoring a home after a disaster, the most important thing is making sure the structure is still sound. The entire house might look intact, but if the foundation has been too far damaged then there is nothing you can do to save it.

Because the foundation of a building is so important to the well-being of the structure that’s built on it, it is essential that the owners of these damaged properties keep an eye on issues that might be signs of foundational issues. When problems arise with the foundation, the manifestations of those problems are usually seen not in the foundation itself but in the building on top of it. By looking for certain potential issues in your home, you can keep your property safe from massive amounts of property damage due to foundation problems. There are many common foundation problems that could possibly arise after a disaster.

Almost all foundation problems, regardless of what type of foundations you have, involve an issue with slope. The slope of the ground that the foundation is sitting on may shift over time. This shift will cause an added pressure to be included upon the home or business because the foundation will move. As the building was built with certain dimensions, the movement that occurs during a shift in the foundation will create tension at certain points of the home. There are a lot of different ways that you can tell if the foundation on your property has shifted. If there are cracks in the walls, ceilings, or floors, than you most likely are suffering from a foundational problem that will need to be dealt with a the hands of a professional home inspector or structural engineer who will be able to help answer all your foundation questions. Specifically in cases of restoration after a natural disaster, you must take into account the various ways in which the land surrounding and below the house may have shifted.

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