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Finding the Cause of Flood Damage in Your Knoxville Home

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Finding the Cause of Flood Damage in Your Knoxville Home A small hole in your foundation can cause severe damage during heavy rainfall and flooding.

SERVPRO Remediates Damage and Takes Steps to Prevent Future Damage

You cannot predict the weather, nor can severe weather ever get prevented. With this understanding, you are perpetually at the mercy of the construction of your Knoxville home’s foundation to prevent water from penetrating through the block and mortar joints and pooling on the floors. While modern homes have several lines of defense to prevent this from happening, older homes in the area were not as well built to withstand years of exterior water pressures. 

A lot of it results from the lack of having a French drain, as is the case with many of the homes built before the 1980s in the area. Before then, there was no real standard in place regarding the installation of these systems even though they have existed for much longer than that. It was at the discretion of the contractor building the house, and in many cases, they saved time and money and left it out entirely. The missing water diversion equipment like this can explain the number of flood damage cases our SERVPRO team sees that affect Knoxville homes. 

With just a small hole or crack in the foundation of your home, you have opened yourself up to a lot of potential problems down the road. Over even a short period, regular water penetration can wear out these vulnerable spots even further, causing them to allow even more water through when there are significant weather events and flooding conditions outside. The ever-present water underground works on these weakened portions of your foundation and continues to the point that even short-lived severe storms can quickly flood your lower level. 

Our SERVPRO team can quickly assess this flooding situation and work through the restoration plan to bring your home back to the way it used to be. While much of this restoration focuses on the removal and extraction of the water using our portable pumps and pump trucks, locating the source of the problem and sealing off these vulnerable areas is equally important. By sealing off these penetration points with hydraulic cement, you can feel more comfortable with the entire restoration process and trust that it is going to last. 

Flood damage might get caused by several different things, but inadequate water diversion implements are a typical one. When you are facing flood damages in your home, trust our experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville. We are available anytime by calling (865) 862-8907. 

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