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Hurricane Florence, Water Damage, and Rebuilding

It’s been a tough couple weeks in the coastal Carolinas, and for some there may be more challenging months ahead. Hurricane Florence has shown us Nature’s destructive power once again. And it’s also shown us some of our own structural shortcomings. Learning from past disasters is the way engineers and builders have advanced building materials and structural design. Whether you’ve experienced wind and water damage, or you’re interested in renovating your home to better weather future storms, Odom Design brings decades of coastal design-build expertise to each project.

Hurricane Florence will mostly result in extensive water damage for our clients in Horry and Georgetown counties. Flood waters can affect the structural integrity of your home and result in the need for water damage restoration and mold removal. It’s certainly devastating to experience this, but it’s important to remember that for many, damage can be repaired and the entirety of the home is not lost.

Before you get started, it’s important to see what disaster relief resources are available to you. The SCEMD website has a page dedicated to individuals seeking help and recovery after natural disasters.

Rebuilding with Change in Mind

This may also be a time to rethink your home’s floorplan and livability. If walls need to be removed and rebuilt from damage, it’s not possible to open up your floorplan, add a bonus room, or completely rethink the function of certain living spaces. Odom Design specializes in renovation and remodeling, with a focus on coastal living. This means that we think about things like floods and high winds, how and where water will move, the soil or clay composition of the land, and we make the best construction decisions with these scenarios in mind.

Using Materials Designed for South Carolina’s Climate

Another smart option after Hurricane Florence is to renovate and upgrade with approved coastal building materials. Myrtle Beach and the South Carolina Grand Strand are not like other places. We are right in the path of Atlantic hurricanes and we experience extreme heat and humidity. Our flat, sand and clay soil makes it difficult for water to quickly absorb or drain. Salt air is everywhere and can corrode many common building materials that work well in other places. Because of this, we need to be careful with the materials we choose. Using the FEMA guide, you can see the recommended flood-resistant and wind-resistant options available. Given the location of your home, rebuilding may include changing to a material better suited to our area that can offer better protection in events like hurricanes.

Upgrading to Better Protect Your Home

Many in Myrtle Beach were spared the worst of Hurricane Florence. The high wind damage wreaked more havoc in North Carolina, and for many, the images of destruction were a wake-up call. As a result, you may look into “hurricane-proofing” your home with upgrades designed for hurricane winds. Metal roofing, hurricane shutters, and impact glass are popular upgrades for those looking to strengthen their home’s resistance to high winds.