The Real Flood Threat: How Water Pressure Do More Harm Than Termites

December 15, 2022 | Created by: Andreas Klippe

Termites are a common problem for homeowners, as they can cause significant damage to the structure of a house over time. Despite best efforts to prevent them, termites can find their way into a house through even the smallest cracks and crevices. Once inside, they can cause damage to the walls, floors, and foundation of a home, weakening its structural integrity.

termite-infested floor
Termites may seem small, but their damage can be extensive, as seen in this infested floor. Don’t let these pests weaken the foundation of your home.

Just like termites, water pressure during a flood can also cause significant damage to a house or building. Even a small hole or crack in the walls or foundation can serve as a weak point for water to enter. The pressure of the water can cause it to break through these weak points, flooding the building and causing significant damage.

Water pressure during a flood can be incredibly serious, causing damage not only to the structure of a building but also to its contents and the health of the people living there. The pressure of the water can be compared to diving into a pool or the sea, where the deeper you go, the more pressure you feel on your ears. Similarly, the higher the flood water level outside, the more pressure will be exerted on the walls of a building and so on to the temporary flood barriers.

sandbags failure on flood protection
Temporary solutions like sandbags may seem like a quick fix, but as seen here, they can fail to prevent flood water from entering your home.

Sandbags and makeshift flood barriers are often used as temporary solutions to protect homes and buildings during a flood. However, these solutions are not always effective, as the weight and force of flood water can easily overcome them. Sandbags can be heavy and difficult to move, and wooden planks are not designed to withstand the powerful force of flood water for a prolonged period of time.

See our previous blog article to learn more about Why Sandbags are not Enough as Flood Protection.