Here in the Piedmont/Coastal Plains region of North Carolina and South Carolina, large storms like hurricanes and tropical storms tend to settle rather than continuing on towards the Appalachian mountains. This occurs often in the second half of the year, beginning around August. This area essentially dips down and becomes a flood plain for hurricanes and tropical storms to rest. In many places here, the earth sinks downward, allowing for water the pool and flood -- often damaging entire towns, huge swaths of land, major stretches of road, and of course, destroying many homes.
It is important to make sure your home has the proper reinforcements to prevent major catastrophes and extensive damage caused by water during these times of heavy rainfall, wind, and storms. It is not always immediately apparent that your home is leaking, so is important to keep an eye out for possible sites of water damage, especially after rain storms.
Near Laurinburg, North Carolina, stretching a few counties in all directions, there have been 1000s of homes wrecked by hurricanes the last few years. Many homes had roofing tiles ripped off, which caused water to drain down into the home. Sometimes, this is not immediately noticed, and the water drains into the home for a long period, causing water build up and extensive damages. We have seen water flow into a home for a while, totally unnoticed, and completely rot entire sections homes. This can be extremely dangerous for the home infrastructure as well as for the development to deadly molds. Fayetteville, North Carolina has been a hotspot for water damages in recent years due to heavy rainfall that decimates roofing. Making sure that roofing materials are properly secured, repaired if needed immediately after storms, and replaced when necessary is important to keeping your home safe from the havoc that water can wreak on a home.
Many homeowner take care of their roof and properly maintain it for waterfall, but nature often has other plans. Many had trees fall on them due to the wind, piercing the roof and allowing water to pour into the home. In the South, having a big oak or magnolia tree in your yard is part of the culture -- it's a sign of heritage, pride, and beauty. It also shades the home! However, extremely heavy storms can mean big trouble for homes with trees nearby. It is important to make sure the trees near your home do not have finicky limbs hanging over your home, and just as important to keep an eye out for any changes in the tree from rot, age, or even lightning. We have known many trees to fall directly on homes and through multiple floors, so it's not just about water damage - it could mean life or death! One of our clients in Mullins, South Carolina, had multiple very tall, beautiful pines in close proximity to his home and a few were totally stripped by lightning during Hurricane Matthew. Not one but two trees fell on his home, causing extensive water damage in addition to other physical damages.
Another major issue during hurricane season is flooding - especially in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Lumberton, North Carolina sits at the bottom of a hilly region and is prone to major floods - causing major commercial and private damages. Entire parts of the city of Lumberton were under water after the 2016 hurricane season. Water reached the second floor of some homes, completely destroying the bottom floors. It's important that when scoping out a future home, you learn about the area and where your home is located in terms of land, slopes, hills, and other bodies of water. Doing your research before buying a home can save you a lifetime of headaches and financial concern -- just avoid flood areas altogether.
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