Acquiring property on Florida’s beaches can be a great investment, but there are a lot of things to consider when you purchase a beachfront property. Seawalls are an important aspect of the property to look at when you first take it over. Whether you are purchasing commercial or residential property, adequate and maintained seawalls are important for protecting your investment.
Consider the Age of the Property
The age of your newly acquired property is a good indication of whether or not you will need new seawalls or seawall repairs. Most of the properties in the Tampa Bay area were built in the 1950s and 1960s with seawalls made of concrete. These seawalls were only designed to be effective for twenty to thirty years. If the seawalls haven’t been updated or well maintained, they are likely damaged due to heavy rains and tropical storms.
Protection of Your Property
You want to make sure that your new property is protected against the potential storms and flooding that can occur on waterfront properties. Failing seawalls can mean extensive property damage in a severe storm, which could cost you close to what you paid for the property in repairs and damages. It is important that you protect your investment by having the walls inspected and maintained routinely.
While some signs of structural seawall damage is obvious, such as cracks or crumbling concrete, other symptoms of structural damage or weakness may not be noticeable to the untrained eye. We are experts in inspecting seawalls to ensure that they are structurally sound. We can examine all aspects of the seawall, looking for the uncommon and less obvious signs of weakness and structural integrity.
If you have recently purchased waterfront property in Florida, contact us today for a seawall inspection. We will be able to explain exactly what maintenance and repairs are required to protect your property for years to come.