Some Florida residents are going to be looking at a new series of building codes going into effect, designed to enhance protection for new homes and reconstructed buildings when it comes to water damage as the result of major coastal storms.
Many of these codes took effect on March 15, and while some expenses may increase, the upside is that areas as a whole will be made safer, especially in the run up to hurricane season 2012.
The codes will require that new constructions be built to withstand more floodwater in the lower lying and flood prone areas of the state. These improvements may indeed drive up some home construction costs, but the end result will be better prepared homes and businesses along the coast.
Home builders would also be required to drive pilings into the ground to support these new structures as well as swimming pools, and the first habitable floor of new homes would have to be located a foot or more higher than current regulations require. Foundational walls would be required to be constructed to resist hydrodynamic forces, such as the pressure generated by wave actions and storm surge problems.
Water mitigation is the first best choice when it comes to defending property from water damage due to tropical storms, hurricanes, or any kind of severe weather. Property owners should take proper precautions designed to protect their homes in advance of severe weather seasons. It’s far easier to take pre-emptive action as opposed to picking up the pieces afterwards.
These reforms are designed to reinvigorate the private market and encourage mitigation efforts. This should benefit consumers.
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With springtime thunderstorms right around the corner, and Hurricane Season not far behind that, the time is now to secure the contact information for your local water restoration professionals. Call the pros at Drymeout.com today.