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Landscaping Tips for Water Intrusion Prevention

4/11/2024 (Permalink)

little kid who is standing behind a window watching the rain Stay protected from the rain!

Water intrusion into your home's foundation can wreak havoc, but proactive landscaping measures coupled with professional assistance from SERVPRO of The Saint Croix Valley can effectively mitigate these risks.

  1. Grade Slope Management: Ensure that the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation, directing water away instead of pooling around it. Aim for a slope of at least 6 inches over the first 10 feet.
  2. Strategic Planting: Plant trees and shrubs at an appropriate distance from your home to prevent their roots from disrupting the foundation. Additionally, select plants that require minimal watering to reduce soil moisture levels.
  3. Proper Drainage System: Install a comprehensive drainage system comprising gutters, downspouts, and trench drains to channel rainwater away from the foundation. Regularly clean gutters and extend downspouts to discharge water at least 5 feet away from the house.
  4. Hardscaping Features: Incorporate permeable paving materials like gravel or porous concrete in your landscaping to allow water to seep into the ground rather than accumulating near the foundation.
  5. Mulching: Apply mulch around plants to help retain moisture in the soil and prevent erosion but be mindful not to build up mulch too high against the foundation, as it can trap moisture and promote decay.
  6. Regular Maintenance: Inspect your landscaping regularly for signs of water pooling, soil erosion, or plant overgrowth near the foundation. Promptly address any issues to prevent water intrusion.

By implementing these landscaping strategies and utilizing SERVPRO’s expertise, you can protect your foundation against water intrusion and ensure swift, efficient restoration should the need arise. Together, these proactive measures and professional support offer peace of mind when the thunder rolls.

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