While we inch our way into spring, it can be all too easy to welcome winter's thaw and neglect preparation for the oncoming rains and the disasters they could bring.
Most counties in Northeast Ohio have already experienced flood warnings or advisories this year, with the Ohio River at Cincinnati even reaching its highest point in two decades, a full eight feet above the flood stage.
Between heavy mud, sewage backups, and other destruction, thousands of structures are under inspection to assess the wave of damage, with the majority of flood destruction occurring in basements.
Weeks after the heavy rains, residents in certain Ohio neighborhoods are still resorting to transportation by boat with limited, delayed ease of access.
It's just the beginning for the rainy season, but moisture has also been working against your shelter throughout the winter months. In a process called the freeze-thaw cycle, moisture seeps into your materials, freezing when temperatures fall, and then later melting to leave cracks crumbling and exposed.
This cycle continues with each fluctuating temperature as weak spots worsen, deteriorating your foundation, walkways, and other key structures of your home.
Between the freeze-thaw cycle, sudden inches of snow, and severe flooding, the last thing you want is hidden damage that continues to escalate out of control. As we wait out the snowfalls and anticipate the rainy season, it has never been more crucial to secure knowledgeable inspections and preventative care for the future, catching early signs of degradation before a real disaster forms.
If the elements do get the best of your concrete, asphalt, rock, stone, brick, and other materials, securing timely, experienced first-response relief is just as essential for the fate and reliability of your structure.