Hydrostatic Forces

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National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Policy Index

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Standing water or slowly moving water can induce horizontal hydrostatic forces against a structure, especially when floodwater levels on different sides of a wall are not equal. Also flooding can cause vertical hydrostatic forces, or flotation. Hydrostatic forces are one of the main causes of flood damage.

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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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