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Summer Water Damage in Your Garden

Charlotte is known for its breathtaking natural beauty and homeowners proudly display some of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Landscaping is a great investment of your time and money; you can add thousands of dollars to your home’s value when you sell it. However, we at Restoration 1 warn that your backyard landscape and hardscape can also cause thousands of dollars of water damage to your home if not properly maintained.

Keep It Flowing…

Check drainage areas, and remove all debris from storm drains. If a storm drain is full of debris, storm waters will not be able to flow away correctly and can cause worse flooding. Observe the water flow; you might need to grade the yard to keep water from pooling at the foundation. You might even need to install French drains below the surface to correct problems.

Protect The Deck

Many homeowners have their newly installed deck sealed once and then neglect it. Even the best sealant wears off and needs to be reapplied every few years. Any standing water can sink deep into the wood and put you at risk of developing rot. Not only is rot unsightly, but it can also undermine the integrity of the deck itself, handrails, or stairs. If your deck has any “give” to it when you walk on it, there’s a good chance your deck needs structural repair.

Automatic Sprinklers

Properly designed irrigation systems can save water, time and money for home gardeners. However, they are comprised of many intricate parts. Broken sprinkler heads, poor scheduling and faulty wiring can lead to leaks and damage to the wooden structures in your yard. Don’t let the “automatic” sprinklers run unobserved. Run through an abbreviated cycle to check that all systems are performing well.

If you plan to leave the home vacant for the summer, you may want to turn off the water supply and drain your supply lines.  

Maintain Gutters

Good gutters are almost invisible; if installed properly they divert water from the foundation out to the street. However, they must be maintained. Clogged gutters prevent proper water drainage, which can leak into your home and cause water damage. Clear away any debris such as fallen leaves from gutters and make sure down pipes are also clear. Add extensions to downspouts to divert water at least three feet from the foundation.

Trim Trees

Here we are blessed with so many gorgeous choices: Green Ash, River Birch, Poplar, Elm, Oak and Red Maple trees. With that beauty comes many hours of raking leaves and tree trimming.Trees cause two types of water damage to your home:

Tall trees with long, huge branches can hang over your roof. A big wind storm could break a branch;  it could end up puncturing your roofing membrane and decking. If it occurs during a heavy rain storm, it won’t take much time at all for your attic to flood and for water to begin dripping through your ceiling.  

If you have trees that are close in, they could cause foundation problems. Over time, they can lead to cracks in your foundation walls. Whether you have a basement, pier and beam home with a crawlspace, or a slab foundation, these cracks can provide the perfect ‘highway’ for groundwater to travel through and cause flooding to the home.  

Quality Water Damage Restoration in Charlotte

Let Restoration 1 be your trusted partner. Having a fabulous yard requires more maintenance and repairs due to water damage. If you find any unexplained or excess water in your home, call for help. When not addressed immediately, mold and mildew can form. You need to get the professionals involved right away; Restoration 1 provides certified water damage restoration services in Greater Charlotte.      

At Restoration 1, the team designs a plan for your home to ensure your property is 100% dry by using the best equipment in the industry. As soon as you discover a leak or water damage, contact Restoration 1.

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Our promise is that we will use the best materials and above code quality craftsmanship to restore your damaged property.

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