As we watch the unbelievable, unprecedented flooding that has devastated the Houston and Gulf Coast areas of Texas, our thoughts and prayers go out to the millions of people affected by the storm. Though Ohio is fortunate to escape hurricane and tropical storm weather events, we frequently experience flash flooding during downpours. Just this past summer, July 2017, Ohio saw heavy flooding from storms in the Columbus and surrounding areas. With flooding on the forefront of the nation’s mind, we thought it could be helpful to highlight a proactive step in combatting residential flood damages.
“There are two types of basements: those that have flooded and those that have yet to flood.” – Unclutterer
Basement, in particular, are susceptible to irreversible damages that necessitate expensive repair and replacement. The process is time-consuming, expensive, tedious, and stressful. Basements are hubs of productivity and entertainment for many Ohioans. They are also excellent storage spaces, places that hold memories, valuables, and equipment. When these areas flood, your losses start adding up quickly. Proactively flood proofing your basement floor and walls can save you time and money, and decrease the inconveniences (or catastrophe) that come with flooding.
Whether weather-related, snow melt or a burst pipe, water in your basement means that traditional flooring (like carpet, tile, wood, vinyl and even concrete which is porous) is susceptible to harmful mold, bacteria growth, and mildew. Other concerns are sewage, petroleum and toxic chemical agents, and other debris that can damage floors. These common contaminants must be treated, neutralized and removed before a basement is functional again. Costs vary depending on the damage but typically include costs for removal, labor, hauling, disposal, contamination remediation, and replacement.
Flood Proofing your Basement with Moisture-Resistant Epoxy Coatings
Epoxy resin flooring systems substantially reduce flooding-related risks. The non-porous, seamless resin is moisture and heat resistant. It will not become contaminated and can be pressure washed and sterilized quickly (within hours) once water drains. The floors are also stain-resistant and can withstand harsh chemicals if there are fuel or appliance leaks. You can choose to go a step further than protecting just your floor by applying the epoxy resin a few feet up the sides of the wall. In doing so, you protect the entire structure from potential damage.
The great thing about epoxy resin flooring is that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty in the name of functionality. These floors are fully customizable. We offer a wide selection of colors and can custom-make a color to suit your design needs. Your basement floor can take whatever color scheme you like from quartz and decorative elements to multi color designs and a variety of sheens. You will have a floor that is as visually appealing as it is affordable and durable.
In addition to your protecting your floors with epoxy resin, you can do a few other things to preserve your valuables or essentials. First, install a sump pump if you do not currently have one. Second, install customized shelving for storage. DIY epoxy resin-coated shelving units further protect your transform traditional shelving/storage systems into water resistant units that won’t fall apart during a flood. Install units at elevated spaces around the room. Store items of value or importance inside airtight containers in the customized shelves. With these protections in place, your chances of loss decrease.
Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to help those in dire need, consider donating to one of these organizations.