Frequently asked questions about flooded home restoration, and science based answers to help owners and contractors make informed decisions.
The phrase “wet floodproofing” may sound like a contradiction, but it is the label used to refer to a collection of methods intended to reduce damage to a building when flooding occurs. This publication explains how wet floodproofing lets water into the building but protects the structure, contents and building systems independently.
Overview of steps that need to be taken if there is a flood in your pesticide storage unit.
Guidelines to help you safely and effectively clean and restore your damaged home. PDF fact sheet. 4 pages
When you return to your home, make sure you assess all food and food preparation areas and equipment carefully.
Guide fo salvaging flood damaged furniture.
(08/17/16) LSU AgCenter food safety expert Wenqing Xu says any food touched by floodwaters should be discarded.
(08/17/16) To prevent mold growth in your home after the flood water recedes takes a meticulous approach. Mold colonies can start to grow within two days.
(08/16/16) Root damage through drowning or root rot is the greatest danger to landscape plants caused by flooding.
Floodwaters commonly contain microbial contaminants and can directly affect public health.
March 2016 Guide to LSU AgCenter Interactive Maps
Repetitive flooding affects thousands of Louisiana homes and businesses. In this publication and its companion videotape, a procedure to demonstrate a non-invasive method to flood proofing is explained as it was demonstrated by a Michigan contractor. Special attention is given to adapting the technology for use in Louisiana’s floodplains.
Elevating or moving slab-built structures has been practiced for many years in a handful of states.
Elevation is the most reliable method of reducing damage from floods.
The cost of elevating a slab using this method, from planning through landscaping, will usually be about half the cost of rebuilding.
The final elevation of your home or business may be set by building codes, subdivision covenants or engineering limitations.
The complete elevation project includes: design and drafting; preliminary site work; the elevation itself; rehabilitating the building with porches, etc.
There are a lot of decisions to make as you plan your elevation project. One of the biggest decisions is how high to go.
Ground-level building slabs in Louisiana are from 4 inches thick for residences to 6 to 8 inches thick for light commercial structures.
Elevation of a slab-built structure is “construction” or “development” in the legal sense of those words.
(08/15/16) A flood-damaged home requires special attention to avoid further damage and health hazards from molds, other fungi, algae and bacteria.
Tips and information on how to water safety, debris, contamination, infestation, and other stressors during and after flooding.
Louisiana faces serious flood threats during tropical storms and hurricanes from a combination of surge and inland rain. This site directs you to information you can use to understand how predicted flood levels may impact you, how you can reduce flood damage and how you can recover and rebuild once the floodwaters recede.
A floodwall is a self-supporting barrier to floodwater. It may look like a garden wall or privacy fence, but it has more internal reinforcing and a more substantial foundation. This heavier construction keeps the wall from tipping or sliding. The foundation also blocks seepage of water under the wall. This publication includes information on the cost, considerations and construction of floodwalls.
In most areas of Louisiana, the sewer system and rain drainage system are separate. It is not unusual, however, for floodwater to infiltrate the sewer system, causing it to back up into homes. This publication includes information explaining how you can use valves, plugs, caps and seepage barriers in flood protection.
Most floodproofing systems have openings that need to be closed and watertight during a flood. A panel closure is any flat, firm sheet material used to block one of these openings.This publication includes information about using panel closures.
When you do not have enough money to cover your family’s basic living expenses and pay all your creditors, you face some difficult financial decisions.
Understanding what you are feeling can help you to begin to cope. Grief is a human response and is inescapable. Understanding the stages of grief, giving in to them and going through them, are keys to getting past the disaster and moving forward.
Chainsaws are popular tools for both homeowners and professionals because they have so many uses – tree trimming, cutting firewood, cleaning up after storms, etc. Although chainsaws are handy, they are potentially dangerous and must be used carefully to avoid serious injury. Information on protective equipment, kickback, fuel safety and cutting is included. (PDF Format Only)
Emergency generators become popular after disasters. They can help save food in freezers and refrigerators, but they also may be dangerous if not used properly. Follow these tips for using your generator safely. (PDF format only)
Hiring a qualified contractor for mold remediation is not required but generally is safer and more effective than a "do-it-yourself" approach because of the use of specialized equipment. In either case, you should carefully follow safety precautions to reduce exposure to mold. This publication provides guidance on safe and effective mold remediation practices and how to select a qualified remediation professional.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of consumers complain to their state attorneys general about home repair ripoffs. The National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, in fact, says home repairs are second only to car repairs on the nation’s complaint list. (PDF format only)
After a major storm or flood, you must assume that all water sources are contaminated until proved safe. Food that has been contaminated by floodwater also should be handled carefully. Information includeshow to disinfect water, flooded foods that should be discarded and foods that are safe to use. (PDF Format Only)