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Protecting the Interior of Your Home From External Flooding

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Rainstorm in Layton, Utah. Storm damage must be repaired by a professional and certified team.

A rainstorm can lead to significant flooding around your property, especially if it is a sudden downpour. While much of the damage might occur around the home's exterior because of outside flooding, it is not uncommon for the water to find its way inside, primarily if your landscaping is not properly sloped or the foundation is not correctly or adequately sealed. If the interior of your home floods, you might need to contact a water removal service in Layton, Utah. These services specialize in several areas:

  • Mitigation
  • Remediation
  • Restoration

However, you could avoid the expense of hiring such a service if you plan ahead. By designing your landscaping to steer water away from your foundation, you can avoid most storm-related floods.

Upgrade and Maintain Your Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts are a primary cause of outside flooding becoming inside flooding. When gutters are clogged or downspouts inadequate, the water tends to overflow from the gutter system, draining down the side of your home. The water then collects near your foundation.
To avoid such damage, you can upgrade your gutter system, especially if it is inadequate for your property. On top of that, maintain the gutters. Clean them and the downspouts often to ensure water can flow freely.

Use Mulch in Garden Beds and Around Bushes, Shrubs, and Trees

You want to design your landscaping so that the soil and beds slope away from the foundation, allowing rain drainage to flow towards sewers or streets. Installing sloped beds will not be effective if the rain can soak into the soil too quickly. Laying mulch around plants and through garden beds can help to slow soil absorption, allowing the rainwater to drain away from the house and take its time doing so.

Avoiding outside flooding is not always possible, but using landscaping to guide water away from your home’s foundation is. Focus on installing an adequate gutter system and sloping garden beds to protect your home.

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