Flooding is a major issue that affects many parts of the US each year. In the last few years flood insurance claims have been on average nearly 2 billion per year with the average flood claim totaling $46,000. For those in flood-prone areas, damage from flooding is something that must be dealt with on a semi-regular basis. Many materials in and around the home, such as wood and drywall, have to be replaced after flooding. Other materials, such as concrete, may need only repair instead of replacement. Here are three tips for dealing with concrete in flood-prone areas.
Consider Permeable Pavers
For outdoor areas that receive minor flooding on a regular basis, there are a few options that may work when it comes to paving. Permeable pavers are a great choice for areas that sometimes flood for a short amount of time. Porous concrete is what many of these permeable pavers are made up of. It allows water to drain through to the ground instead of collecting on the surface. It can be used for things such as driveways and walkways. Permeable pavers range in price from $4 to $6 per square foot.
In flood-prone areas, it’s imperative to make sure that the drainage system works as well as possible. Drains near driveways and next to basements can help prevent the accumulation of water and help it drain faster after a flooding event. The cost of adding a drainage system to a landscape can vary greatly depending on the type of drain used and where it’s being placed. It can be as cheap as swale, which costs around $.50 per linear foot or as expensive as a trench drain which can cost around $70 per linear foot. Adding drainage to areas of the home that are prone to flooding, such as the basement, costs homeowners on average $3,330.
Repair The Right Way
Whether it’s a concrete sub-floor or a driveway, the damage done to concrete after flooding may not always be obvious to the homeowner. However, concrete repair services are a must after any flooding event especially for indoor areas. Concrete needs to have enough time to dry before adding any more flooring on top of it. This is why a repair service is a must for concrete sub-flooring. Failure to remove the moisture before adding more flooring on top can cause major issues down the road. Concrete repair around the home can cost as little as a few dollars to many thousands of dollars.
Flooding is something that many homeowners have to deal with at some point. For those in flood-prone areas permeable pavers and drainage systems are a must. It’s also important to bring in the professionals for concrete repair. Even if an area doesn’t look damaged, there could still be issues later on if it has not been fixed by a professional.
For more information, contact Gann Asphalt & Concrete or a similar company.