When you live in the desert, chances are you aren’t considering whether or not the home drainage system in your home is doing what it is supposed to be doing. We worry about sun damage, the air conditioner breaking, and if you have enough salt for your margaritas, certainly, but drainage systems? Never! Or at least until the first monsoon storm hits and the water starts heading towards your front door instead of receding towards the street the way it should! This is when you start to worry and check out the water damage clause in your home insurance plan, which is why we at New Image Landscape and Pools have developed this guide to determining if your home drainage system is up to snuff and what you can do about it BEFORE the next big storm hits!
Even a small rain shower can help you see the signs of poor drainage, as puddles and pools of water will show up in the same spots every storm. Our monsoon storms hit hard and fast, so there may be times when your entire yard is a puddle, but as it starts to drain, if you see pools form in the same areas, there’s a chance your drainage system is not working as it should. Also, as stated earlier, if the water starts coming in the house, instead of draining into the greenbelt next to your home, this isn’t just a painted sign; it’s one with flashing red lights and warning sirens, telling you to get this matter taken care of NOW!
Cracks in the Foundation
If you notice cracks in the foundation that weren’t there before the last rain shower, they could be the result of improper drainage and may cause damage if the matter is not addressed. Depending on your home’s location, building a retaining wall could be an attractive solution to the nuisance of a problem.
Dampness in the Basement
It’s true, there aren’t very many valley homes with basements, but there are pockets of subdivisions with basement homes scattered around the valley. If you’re one of the lucky few whose home has subterranean living space, you may also be one of the UNLUCKY few who have water issues. Puddles in the basement can sometimes be solved with a moisture barrier paint job, but they can also be a sign of something more severe, and it is recommended that you seek out the services of a professional at the first sign of damp.
Keep the Water in the Pool
Give New Image Landscape and Pools a call today if you suspect you have drainage problems! Our experts can help you redesign your yard to keep the water where it belongs—in your beautifully designed backyard pool! Contact us today.