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April Showers: Water Control Tips: Tip 2

Tip 2: What If Water Is Still Getting Into My Home?

Annually cleaning your gutters and installing extensions on the downspouts will typically address any roof water. Moderation in the amount of water sprayed into mulch and flower beds also help to prevent water penetration. Another common source of water is floor drains in recessed exterior stairwells or patios.  Annual cleaning of these drains will ensure that they can perform their designed function of directing water away from the foundation.In more extreme circumstances, typically houses at the bottom of hills or other high surface water run-off areas, swales or other advanced grading techniques may be required to divert surface water around the perimeter of a home. These are typically installed during the final grading stage by the builder of the home.

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