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Question About Wood(Katrina Related)  
User currently offlineFly_yhm From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1681 posts, RR: 10
Posted (9 years 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

Im just wondering how long Wood can last submerged under water. These houses in N.O. that are under water could the colapse because the wood gets worn out?

This is crazy this hurricane. Thats what happens when the GOM water temps get to 90F. This wont be the last time.


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1059 times:

Quoting Fly_yhm (Thread starter):
Im just wondering how long Wood can last submerged under water

There is a big industry in the south where logs that sank from rafts in the 1800 are salvaged by divers and cut into lumber. This wood is highly prized.

So the answer is a long time.

It isn't the condition of the wood that will rot out the house. I would worry more about the nails holding it together.



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User currently offline11Bravo From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1718 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1049 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 1):
It isn't the condition of the wood that will rot out the house. I would worry more about the nails holding it together.

... and the electrical system, and the heat/AC systems, and the flooring, and the interior wall material.

Most of the structures that you are seeing on TV with several feet of standing water in them are destroyed and must be torn down. If you expose a structure to inundation for a short period of time, it can be repaired. These buildings will have water in them for days, or even weeks. They are trash.



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1047 times:

Quoting 11Bravo (Reply 2):
Most of the structures that you are seeing on TV with several feet of standing water in them are destroyed and must be torn down. If you expose a structure to inundation for a short period of time, it can be repaired. These buildings will have water in them for days, or even weeks. They are trash.

I agree. Most - if not all - the houses that are flooded up their rooflines will be bulldozed.


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1036 times:

IIRC, the water has to be fresh water and the wood has to be hardwood. A few years ago, a couple of guys got this bright idea to harvest 100+ year old logs from the bottom of Lake Superior. The TV news report said that pine logs in salt water would have been eaten away years ago. But because they were hardwoods in cold fresh water, they lasted this long.

Here's their company's website.

OldLogs.com

Mark


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8706 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1012 times:

Quoting 11Bravo (Reply 2):
Most of the structures that you are seeing on TV with several feet of standing water in them are destroyed and must be torn down.

Sounds very true, the basement of my grandpas old house once changed into a heating oil-topped and dirt-filled swimming pool. Even though the water was there for just a couple hours, it was a lot of work that needed to be done to fix everything.



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