The first thing that you need to learn about Lakeland water damage is that it’s completely preventable, meaning that there are ways you can prevent water damage from ever happening to your homes. Flood may be a little bit harder to contain, but it rarely floods in Florida, so you don’t have to worry about that. If water damage will happen to your home, it will most likely be caused by overflow from appliances like your washing machine or a leakage from your pipes.
To prevent these from ever happening to your home, you can do one major thing—ensure you have a proper drainage. But, how do you make sure your drainage system is working properly? Isn’t that expensive? No, it’s not expensive at all. It is actually very cheap to maintain and regularly check your drainage. All you really need is time, effort, and a little bit of research (which you are doing right now by reading this article).
Here are some tips on ensuring you have good drainage in your home:
- Clean your gutters routinely. A clogged gutter can cause water damage because water will be cascading down the sides of your home. Gutters are made to prevent such thing from happening. Gutters should lead the water from storms and rains and typhoons directly to your drainage. When it cascades down the sides of the house, it means the water has nowhere to go to because your gutter is clogged. Remove dried leaves, twigs, and other items from your gutters.
- Ensure that the downspouts will direct water five to 10 inches away from your house. This is a case for your engineer or your architect. The way your house was built should have downspouts that will direct water away from your house and not near your house. The general acceptable distance is around five to 10 inches away from your house. If the land farther than that is still your property, then it’s best to keep the water as far away from your house as possible.
- Your yard should be sloped at least six inches over a 10-foot span away from your foundation. Water from rain, typhoons, and storms could pour over that slope, which will then keep it away from getting down right next to the foundation of your home. This can cause walls to lean, masonry to crack, and may even create leaks. What we are sure of is that it could weaken the foundation of your home.