Trees showing their new buds and the odd flower poking it’s head through the ground are welcome signs that Spring has finally arrived. Those April showers that come along with Spring are not so welcome and a lot for your yard to handle what with the ground thawing at the same time. Improperly graded yards really create a problem as water puddles and all this moisture has nowhere to go. The soggy conditions spell disaster for lawns and plants when saturated roots lose oxygen and plants suffocate. To remedy water pooling in your yard regrading is recommended at least 1 inch for every 5 ft of turf. If this does not fix the problem you may need to install a perimeter drainage system.
Not only is your yard and all your hard work threatened, but the next place that runoff water will go is the cellar or basement of your home. And that water seeping through any existing cracks or leaks in your foundation will cause even more damage. The damage to floorboards rusting appliances and soggy carpets and drywall that are a breeding ground for mould and mildew. Here’s the good news this type of damage can be prevented altogether by making some changes.
Gutters and downpipes are your first line of defense in preventing water from causing damage to your home. Of course keeping gutters clear of debris and in good repair is just common sense. To carry water away a sloped leader should be attached to each gutter and guide water at least 10 ft away from the foundation. If these measures are not enough to keep water away from your foundation there are other ways such as installing a drywell which requires professional installation.
In regions of the country such as Calgary, Spring rain, melting snow and the ground thawing can result in water damage to your home and belongings. Despite your best efforts you can wind up with unseen water or mold infesting your home. At Calgary Water & Flood we’re here to help with our home restoration services and get your home safe, dry and comfortable again.