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Flooding is Most Costly Natural Disaster in Virginia

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Jesse Waltz Professional Engineer Explains Basement Waterproofing & Flood Prevention

Flooding: The Most Costly Natural Disaster in Virginia

~ By Jesse Waltz, Professional Engineer

Richmond, VA (September 1, 2010)

As Hurricane Earl barrels up the East Coast this week, Virginians can be taking some precautionary measures to prevent costly damage to their homes due to potential coastal flooding. In fact, according to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in Virginia. Just one inch of water can result in $8,000 in clean-up including replacing drywall, baseboards, floor coverings, furniture and some utilities and heating equipment.

“If flooding does occur in your crawl space or basement, don’t delay in draining and drying out the space.”

JES, a local engineering solutions company specializing in basement and crawl space waterproofing, offers these tips to help reduce some of the costly damages caused by flooding:


Remove obstructions and debris from gutters and downspouts so water flows freely.


Make sure downspouts are extended at least 7 – 10 feet away from the foundation.


If the soil around your foundation is pitched towards the foundation, add dirt so that the soil slopes away. Do not use sand or mulch since water flows right through these materials and keep the dirt as least four inches down from the siding.


Eliminate any low lying areas of soil which will allow water to run back to the foundation.


Remove any personal property from below grade spaces that you do not want to get wet.


Check that your sump pump is working properly by filling the sump with water. The pump should come on before the sump overflows. Since power outages are common with hurricanes, consider having an automatic back-up sump pump that is powered by a battery designed for long term standby use.


If your home is located in a flood plain, replace air vents with flood vents which are designed to relieve the water pressure more quickly when the space is flooded.

“If flooding does occur in your crawl space or basement, don’t delay in draining and drying out the space.” says Jesse Waltz, professional engineer and President of JES, a local foundation repair and waterproofing company. “Our team of certified inspectors see homes every day that have structural damage caused by untreated excess moisture below the home whether it’s from a flood, improper drainage, a plumbing leak or high humidity levels.”

Jesse Waltz

Jesse Waltz

Professional Engineer

Jesse Waltz, a Professional Engineer and a 1985 Virginia Military Institute graduate, is the founder of JES Foundation Repair. JES is a regional foundation repair, crawl space and basement waterproofing company with locations in Virginia Beach, Richmond and Northern Virginia.

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