Rebuilding After the Burn-Out

This weekend’s wet weather, albeit stormy, was incredibly welcomed as firefighters across the state push for 100% containment of the worst wildfire season in over a decade.

With the majority of the wildfires thisclose to containment, many are now faced with the questions of, “To rebuild or not?” “Is the foundation salvageable?”

It’s hard to know what to do, especially if your home was located in an area prone to wildfires. Before deciding one way or another, keep in mind that simple on-site testing can be done in a manner of minutes that can help you in determining if your home’s foundation is salvageable or a total loss.

Foundation Salvage Option:

“Various methods can be used to evaluate the level of damage done to concrete after a major fire. In order to ensure that a foundation can be reused after a complete destruction of a wood framed structure all structural concrete elements should be inspected to make sure they are structurally sound for the reconstruction. Inherent changes can occur within the concrete that will greatly weaken its strength at temperatures as low as 300 degrees Celsius,” Christopher Moulder, P.E., Pie Forensic Engineer.

Check out our gallery of the Waldo Canyon Fire aftermath:


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