Flood-Resilient Construction

Flood-Resilient Construction

"The system is easy enough that a homeowner can do the prep work, install the Sure Cavity rainscreen on their own, and then have spray foam contractor come in to do the insulation.

MTI helped me through the mess of cleaning up after the flood, and I highly recommend their solutions to anyone trying to rebuild after a flood.” - Joseph P, Houston Homeowner

Flood waters recede, walls are gutted. How do you reduce the impact of future flooding and build a wall that performs well? 

As homeowners return to their homes after the devastation and flooding they are finding that some of worst damage is "hidden" within the walls of their homes.  The combination of trapped moisture and warm temperatures can lead to serious mold issues within a few short days.  Given that mold can have severe negative health impacts on homeowners and their families, it's important that any remediation/renovation efforts addresses the immediate existing mold AND minimizes the impact of water infiltration in the case of future flood events.

Creating a drainable, dryable wall with water tolerant materials is an economical way to reduce the impact of future floods and achieve a higher performing building enclosure. In addition to using materials that can simply be washed down after a flood event a good system addresses concerns about moisture, structural strength, and thermal performance.

Brick Rainscreen Retrofit (Option 1)

Moisture Concerns - Keeping walls dry and helping them dry out after a flood is essential to flood resilient walls.  A continuous, vented rainscreen air gap with Sure Cavity™ behind the exterior veneer is a best practice approach to preventing incidental moisture issues. 

Structural Considerations - Flood water contaminated sheathing (OSB, gypsum) must be removed, but it is essential that the racking resistance is restored. Applying 2lb density closed cell spray foam in the stud cavity resists racking and provides water-tolerant insulation.

Addressing Mold - Mold is a serious health concern in flooded areas that requires proper personal protective equipment and mitigation.  Apply a paint-based fungicide to walls, studs and insulation surfaces to kill mold and pre-treat for mold in future floods.

Download Drawing for Rainscreen Retrofit

Retrofit Brick Ties & Rainscreen (Option 2)

In modern brick walls, the brick itself isn't structural. The brick veneer is mechanically anchored or tied to the backup framing to keep it in-plane. Brick ties or wall ties are typically fastened to studs and embedded in the brick mortar, but many homeowners have discovered that the original brick ties are in poor condition, or missing altogether. 

MTI's Retrofit Brick Tie™ is installed from the interior of flooded walls using commonly available tools and anchoring epoxy to anchor the masonry veneer back to the structural framing.

Download Drawing for Retrofit Brick Ties & Rainscreen

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Note: The retrofit approach described is not standard building practice. Consult your licensed contractor, building official and insurance inspector for acceptability of any repair method considered.