April showers bring May flowers….or flooded crawl spaces and basements! Seasonal water damage isn’t as obvious as you may think. It doesn’t take a severe flood to do water damage to your home just increased saturation. For most of the Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Seattle areas we’ve experienced an increase in precipitation and strong winds over the last week. Now is the time to pay close attention to your crawl space, basements and drainage in your yard.
Right now is a good time to take a trip down to your crawl space. Prolonged moisture in the crawl space can attribute to mold, mildew, sill rot, joist rot, soil settlement, contamination of insulation and insect attraction. Monitor the walls in your basement for signs of moisture as well.
Follow these tips to keep the water out of your home. Clear gutters and downspouts of debris ensuring that water will be pulled from the roof and away from your home. Remember, a downspout doesn’t do any good if it deposits the water next to house! If your home’s yard frequently floods like the picture then you have problems resulting from a negative grade to the property. In other words your home should built up so that water slopes away from the home’s foundation. Finally, clear the storm water drains on the streets by your home frequently. This will avoid blockage and buildup of water causing dangerous street and property flooding. Should the property become a bigger problem than you can manage call the municipality. Of course, we are happy to perform a maintenance inspection on your home to determine any damages resulting from seasonal floods or moisture intrusion.