I recently purchased a home that was damaged by hurricane Sandy. The whole basement was submerged in salt water as well as the crawl space. The basement was stripped bare and some electric was replace but not all. What is the best way to assess how much damage has been done to the foundation and electric and plumbing of the house.
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I've done a little hurricane repair work down in Mississippi after Katrina and here are my thoughts. If there are no visible cracks or walls pushed in on the foundation it likely has survived the sea water bath. If it was undermined during the flood it would likely be showing some effects by now, a year after the flood. An engineer could do an evaluation of the foundation to make sure, but a visual inspection is going to tell you a lot at this point. Look for cracks in the foundation, settlement in the slab, leaks etc.
With respect to electrical, sea water and electrical devices is never a good mix. Anthing that was under water will need to be replaced including: devices (outlets, switches, electrical panel boxes) and wiring. All of the wirenut connections would have been compromised by the sea water. The wires themselves if relatively new would survive but the paper that is inside the Romex would have gotten wet with sea water and will take forever to dry out.
With respect to plumbing, the waste lines should be fine unless they were shifted around by the flood waters. Supply should be OK as well. Water heaters and furnaces are trashed.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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