Just as recovery efforts were picking up in the wake of Ida, Tropical Storm Nicholas has struck at the Texas coast and cruised its way into Louisiana, wreaking further havoc and damage. According to poweroutage.us, initially over 500,000 in Texas were left without power, and flooding has become a danger once more as much ground was still soaked with the waters from Ida. Along with flooded roads, homes have also been damaged such as in Texas’ Sargent Beach and Galveston.

Meanwhile, in New Orleans, multiple streets were flooded due to Nicholas, with little else for the water to go since the soil had yet to dry from the aftermath of Ida. Due to debris from Ida still being in the process of getting removed, blocked drains and basins further exacerbated the flood problems in both states. Some areas of Louisiana were reported to have as much as 20 inches of rain dumped on them. For both Texas and Louisiana, downed trees and power lines will still be an issue after the one-two punch from Ida and Nicholas. Efforts are underway to again bring about recovery, both in restoring power as well as in repairing homes and infrastructure. According to ABC 13 in Texas, it could take as long as a week for power to be fully restored for those affected.

Where’s Nicholas Headed?

Nicholas has fortunately weakened but is likely to bring steady rain as it cruises over Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. There is a chance that it may stall, however, and linger over Louisiana, further threatening the state’s communities and people. Regardless of where it ultimately goes, the Gulf Coast is lighting up with storm alerts and flash flood watches as Nicholas persists.

Protecting Yourself from Heavy Rains

While there’s no sure way to protect your home entirely from the force of a hurricane or tropical storm, especially on the outside, basement waterproofing can help prevent all that water from causing damage within. Storms such as Nicholas can dump enormous amounts of rain upon your community and home, leaving your home’s surrounding soil immensely laden with water. That water in turn puts a whole lot of hydrostatic pressure on your foundations and basement walls, threatening to create cracks and seep their way into your basement.

Weather the Storm with Basement Waterproofing

Preparing your basement against heavy rains will require several components, which together provide comprehensive protection for your basement. Here are some of the things that will be needed to create an effective basement waterproofing system:

  • A water drainage channel
  • A sump pump system
  • An entryway drain channel

These three components play a significant role in helping divert water away from your basement, serving to relieve some of that hydrostatic pressure and keeping that outside water from simply standing all that weight against your walls. Less pressure means less chance of cracks, which in turns means less chance of water flooding into your basement as the earth soaks up all that rainwater.

Do You Have Your Hurricane Kit?

There are other measures you should take in preparation of the next hurricane or tropical storm. Sometimes, the forces of nature can be too great for any waterproofing solution. A flash flood could sweep through your community, flooding your home from the ground floor down, forcing you to evacuate or be left without a safe way to find supplies. To prepare for these situations, it is crucial that you assemble and keep a Hurricane Kit handy. Here’s what you should have in that Hurricane Kit:

  • One gallon of water
  • For home: 2-week supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food items
  • For if you must evacuate: 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food items
  • Flashlight & spare batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank-powered radio
  • First aid kit
  • 7-day supply of medical items and necessary medications
  • Personal hygiene and sanitation items
  • Multi-purpose tools such as a Swiss Army Knife
  • Cellphone with a charger (solar powered chargers can be useful)
  • Extra cash (In case ATMs are not working)
  • Copies of important documents such as birth certificate, passports, house/car deeds, proof of address, medication records, your driver’s license
  • Emergency contact information
  • If your car is able to travel, or if you must rely on a generator, make sure you have extra fuel

These are just the generally needed items. Be sure to get supplies based on your unique situation as well. If you have a baby, be sure to have baby supplies. You may require some spare pet food, if you have any furry best friends.

What Should You Do After a Hurricane or Tropical Storm?

Just as it’s critical to prepare for a major storm, it is just as important to be aware of the aftermath once the storm has passed. When the clouds have cleared and the rains have stopped, it’s time to assess your home’s surroundings to make sure that you’re truly in the clear. Here are some things to look out for when assessing your home and the surrounding area:

  • Trees
    • Even if a tree hasn’t fallen in your vicinity, there’s always a chance that a tree near your home has been structurally compromised. That could mean a tree just waiting to collapse, possibly on your home.
  • Power lines
    • When a bad storm strikes, there’s always a chance of transformers blowing and power lines hanging around dangerously. Be wary of these and be on the lookout for any on your street in front or next to your home.
  • Roof
    • Tropical storms and hurricanes boast terribly strong winds which could lead to shingles popping up.

Stay Safe, Stay Dry with ’58 Foundations

Whether it’s to prepare for more heavy rains or to fix a wet basement, ’58 Foundations has the basement waterproofing solutions to help your home before or after a particularly bad storm season. From our Channel ’58 drainage channels and our Workhorse sump pump systems to our Footer Shield and Dura Sealer, we’ve the quality products and honest methods to make your basements dry and your home safe! With over 60 years of experience in basement waterproofing and more, we can carry out every job with money-back confidence—if we can’t fix it, you’ll get your money back guaranteed. Give us a call for a free inspection and a zero-obligation price quote today!