Heavy Rains, Water Damage and Your Property

As our climate changes, occasions of violent storm and intense rain that causes flash floods seem to be increasing.  Rain water that drenches your property should flow away from your home.  However, if it does not, the damage to your home could be quite extensive.

Hence, getting a proper understanding of your how water drains from your property will help you to protect your home.

The Dangers of Improper Drainage

Good home drainage redirects water away from the foundation.  If this drainage is blocked, damage, or inadequate, storm waters can collect near your home.  This first result usually is extensive bacteria and mold growth.  In time, water can damage the concrete of the home’s foundation, crack sidewalks, deteriorate driveways, erode soil, and rotten wooden structures.

Addressing Areas of Poor Drainage

After a rain storm is the best time to walk your property to identify areas of poor drainage.  These areas will tend to have either pools of water or remain wet longer than other areas.  If you have found any, you can address them in multiple ways.  Below are a few that our clients in Chula Vista, El Cajon, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, La Jolla, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, and Santee, California have done.

Add New Drain Pipes

Low spots in your yard or net to your home’s foundation can benefit from underground drainage pipes that capture water and directs it elsewhere.  When installed well, drainage pipes can save a property from slow erosion and costly water damage repairs.

Plant a Xero-scape Garden

A xero-scape garden features minimalists designs with plants that can handle the rough conditions of dry conditions.  Yet, these plants still soak up water very well which could be quite beneficial if you have areas that collect water during storms.

Improve or Repair Gutters

You may be surprise at how many homes are damaged by the very items that should protect them—gutters.  Damaged or blocked gutters can result in storm water being directed to the home.  We’ve seen where years of sun damage has compromised gutters and rendered them useless.

Of course, if you have experienced water damage from a storm, you should call a professional water damage restoration company.  Christian Brothers Restoration is a full-scale restoration service provider specializing in water damage restoration. (619) 469-8955