When it comes to water damage and flooding problems, most home and business owners do an admirable job of repairing problems such as broken window seals, leaking pipes, or damaged roof shingles or flashing. Unfortunately, they often neglect to address one of the prime culprits in any case of water damage. We’re talking here about the yard and landscaping surrounding the home. In many cases, landscaping is designed more for aesthetic value than anything else, which means a lot of the time it may not have been constructed with water issues in mind.
You may be wondering how landscaping can translate in to water damage, so I shall explain. The ground is only capable of absorbing so much water, which means that once the ground is saturated, any additional water is going to begin piling up above ground. It will also begin to flow in a downhill direction, wherever that downhill direction happens to lead. If the direction happens to be toward your home instead of away from it, then you just bought yourself a considerable amount of trouble.
Improper landscaping may be one of the leading causes for water damage problems to the lower level of any home or business. Once the ground can hold no more water, then you are at the mercy of however long it decides to rain.
As you can see, it becomes important to make sure that your landscaping slopes away from your property for a distance of no less than ten feet, but ideally more. In this case, the concept of “the more the merrier” definitely applies. Landscape slope should follow the model that dictates one foot for every 100 feet of property, with a minimum of 2 percent and a maximum of 5 percent slope. Any less and the landscaping will be ineffective, and any more will result in unwanted landscaping erosion.
Your best bet would be to contact your local Clean Trust certified water restoration company such as Drymeout.com and get in touch with a landscaping professional who knows how to perform landscaping work with water damage prevention in mind. Keep in mind that an extensive amount of regarding and resodding may be involved.
Your home or business represents a large portion of your life and effort…don’t skimp when it comes to water damage prevention, and this includes your landscaping projects.