Is Your Foundation Ready for a Rainier 2022 Hurricane Season?

In 1984, at Colorado State University, a scientist by the name of Dr. Bill Gray decided to develop the university’s first predictions for the seasonal Atlantic hurricanes. To this day, the CSU tropical weather and climate research team continues to provide yearly predictions for the Atlantic hurricane season. Which has provided valuable information for those who need to prepare each year. But compared to the forecast averages from 1991 to 2020, this year of 2022 is looking to be significantly rainier than before.

Let’s take a look at how the Atlantic hurricane is looking this year compared to previous years, and how you can make sure your home’s foundation and lower level are prepared for the coming rains!

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How 2022 Looks Compared to the Past Atlantic Hurricane Seasons

According to the tropical weather and climate research team at CSU, the past average number of named storms hovers around 14.4. But for 2022, it is predicted that we will be facing a significantly higher number of 19 named storms. Which can mean a lot more rainier days. Speaking of days, the 1991-2020 average for Named Storm Days stands at 69.4. In comparison, 2022 is looking at a predicted 90 days of Named Storm Days.

We can expect more hurricanes as well. The average from the previous years was 7.2 hurricanes and 27 hurricane days. But for 2022, it’s looking to be 9 hurricanes and 35 hurricane days. Then finally, there is predicted to be 4 Major Hurricanes compared to the average of 3.2. Major Hurricane Days has been predicted to be 9, compared to the average of 7.4.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “a typical hurricane brings at least 6 to 12 inches of rainfall to the area it crosses”. With that much rainwater potentially coming down, it is vital to be prepared to redirect that water so that it doesn’t find a place inside your basement or crawlspace.

What Can All This Rain Do to My Foundation?

While your roof may protect you from the rain directly coming down, all that rain must eventually make it to the ground where it will soak into your home’s surrounding soil. When that happens, the water table will start to rise until it begins pressing on your home’s foundation. This creates hydrostatic pressure, which can cause groundwater to seep through your foundation. Even make cracks in the concrete. A crack in your foundation can mean an easier way for groundwater to leak into your basement or crawlspace—any moisture invasion can lead to a variety of problems for you and your home.

Here are just some of the problems that can arise should groundwater make it through your foundation and into your basement or crawlspace…

  • Mold Growth
  • Pests
  • Wood Rot in Your Wooden Structures
  • Rust to Appliances and Equipment
  • Damage to Belongings
  • Further Damage to Foundation Concrete

These problems caused by invasive moisture can cause more problems to arise. This includes mold allergies and dust mite allergies. Individuals with weakened immune systems can also be vulnerable to mold and other allergens.

How Can I Keep Water Out of My Basement or Crawlspace?

Crawlspace Encapsulation

Hydrostatic pressure plays a key role in how moisture can enter a basement or crawlspace. Fortunately, there is a way to keep groundwater intrusion at bay. Basement or crawlspace waterproofing can help prevent various moisture invasion problems including:

  • Relieving your foundation of hydrostatic pressure
  • Preventing foundation cracks by hydrostatic pressure
  • Moisture vapor through foundation concrete
  • Groundwater intrusion through the spaces between your foundation wall and floor slab.

There is no way to get rid of moisture completely—a proper crawlspace or basement waterproofing system helps by taking control of that moisture and redirecting it out and away from your home. Here are some components that may be in your waterproofing system:

  • Drainage channels
  • Sump pump
  • Sump pit
  • Discharge pipe
  • Moisture vapor barrier

Prevention is better than cure! By protecting your foundation against hydrostatic pressure, you can help make sure the rain stays outside, so that you can enjoy a safe and healthy home!

Five-Star Foundation Protection with ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing

If you’re living in an area that can be impacted by the Atlantic hurricane season, 2022 is looking to be a very wet season! Every year, unprepared homeowners suffer immense repair costs because of tropical storms and hurricanes that pass through their communities. Since 1958, ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing has been helping homes with its patented waterproofing solutions designed to more efficiently collect and redirect moisture so that it leaves your home. From our sump pumps with battery backups to our high-capacity drainage channels, our waterproofing system will protect your basement for years and years. Give us a call today to schedule for a free inspection and to receive a detailed cost estimate!

 

Sources for Links:

Colorado State University: Seasonal Hurricane Forecasting

https://tropical.colostate.edu/forecasting.html

Hurricane Basics

https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=34038

 

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