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Did you know.. Too much mulch and no gutters can lead to water damage.

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Here is a diagram of the suggested placement of downspouts for proper drainage.

Did you know that improper drainage around your home can lead to water damage?  We have seen several situations where too much mulch is piled up next to the concrete slab, causing water to pool up and enter a structure.  We also see problems with homes that do not have gutters.  During heavy rains water will pour off a structure and potentially pool up on patios and around the house causing water damage.  Here are some tips to help with these situations:

  • Each spring it is common for people to keep “adding” to their mulch in flower beds around their house. Dirt and mulch piled up next to the slab foundation could eventually clog weep holes and potentially allow water to penetrate your home.  Keeping mulch and dirt away from the top of your slab can save you potential water damages in the future.  It is recommended that a minimum of 4” of slab be visible above ground level around the perimeter of a structure.
  • Consider installing gutters around your house. Especially around patios and doorways.  Diverting the water properly can keep the water from entering your home and from rotting wood around windows and doors.

If you suspect you have had water damage in your home or business, please give SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties a call at 830-379-7474. 

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