Seattle Times, Louisiana professor proposes idea for making houses floodproof.
My dad tried to build our house on Marchand to be flood resistant. The first floor was mainly a garage and utility room. It also featured a large living room which was mainly tiled so you could rip the carpet up and hose the tile down and call it a day.
Unfortunately there were many things we did not anticipate when a flood did occur:
- Triple pane windows exploded due to water pressure.
- The ground heaved:
- Causing the floor joists to be disrupted which threw everything off including the tile.
- The sewage pipes burst (I was the one who found the leak by digging underneath the poured floor and having someone upstairs repeatedly flush the toilet. Lying in a pool of sewage for a few hours was so much fun!)
- The water took a long time to recede so everything had to be riped out and the guts had to be bleached clean because of mold.
- The solid oak moldings all warped.
- External siding had to be pressure washed and re-stained.
…Just to name a few.