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Weather “Rain” of Terror

May 29th, 2012

3.25" of water in 24 hours last week!

3.25" of water in 24 hours last week!

What a May it has been! As of publish date of this post, we are holding fast at the second wettest May since record have been kept. With that come green grass, bright flowers and healthy shrubs and trees. But it can also cause real damage to your property if it is not draining properly.

Take the advice from someone who has been spending a lot of time this month getting water out of his basement, proper drainage away from your home is of utmost importance.

Correcting those above-ground problems may prevent structural damage to your home, as well as dry up those basement damp spots

Saturated soil increases the soil pressure on the basement walls, which can lead to cracks, shifts, collapses and other structural problems.

Start by looking to the roof, an inch of water on 1,000 square feet of roof amounts to about 623 gallons of water.

Getting that water away from the house is the first step to preventing basement problems. Make sure that all eave trough downspouts should have extensions to carry water several feet from the house. In addition, clean eave troughs and verify that they are functioning.

A drainage system below ground is another important step to keeping your home dry. A properly installed drainage system at the house foundation and under the basement floor will ensure a dry basement and eliminate saturated soil conditions next to the walls. A study of leakage problems showed that more than 90 percent were due to improperly installed drainage systems.

If you have more questions or need advice on dealing with the water on your property, please do not hesitate to contact us and we at Alex’s Lawn and Turf will help create a plan to keep the “Rain of Terror” from your home.

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