Have you seen severe damage to the landscape around your property? Can you even walk through your lawn without getting mud in your boots?
Nobody likes to have their shoes and socks soaked on their property after storms. Your lawn can flood and have a ton of trouble staying dry. These issues pop up far more often if you don’t have proper drainage, and your property isn’t laid out properly to prevent stormwater damage.
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What Causes Storm Damage?
Poor Drainage– This is a huge factor in structural damage to the home or commercial property. Basements, roofs, and driveways can all get leaky, which is expensive on your end. Additionally, these damages go as far as weakening the foundation or mold damage to sprouting on cracks in doors and windows.
Soil Erosion- This is one you need to have handled quickly if it does sprout up. You’ll start to see mud littering your property all over and plants have difficulty growing even in the warmer seasons. Primarily, the issue surrounding drainage is an issue, but it also can be rooted in the uneven foundation laying in either the property itself or asphalt. Asphalt gathers puddles on the road and will overflow into your yard and make it harder to keep trimming consistent. In the case you have crops and a garden, these will also suffer as well.
Elevation- Similar to the causes of erosion, elevation can impact your property by forcing water to drain out through your property rather than into a storm drain. Homes on the coast or nearer to the ocean in general at lower elevations are going to be particularly at risk of their elevation causing storm damage. Flash floods and landslides both occur closer to the ocean more often.
Preventing Storm Damage
Grow a Trenched Garden- Trenched gardens allow some beautiful new plants to grow on your property while also resisting stormwater. The best route to maximize these trenches is to add on plants that need a ton of water as well. Any plant that isn’t easily overwatered qualifies.
Swales – Swales are trenches built for redirecting water. Now, this may seem strenuous at first and as if it requires a ton of labor. In practice, swales can be very narrow and easy to complete. Additionally, they won’t detract from your property value much either. Since you are making them narrow and more absorbent, they shouldn’t be in the middle of the property or lawn. You can slide these up next to the roads around your home or whichever area your property gathers the most water.
In short, take your storm damage prevention seriously. It could mean the difference between expensive repairs to your whole property and just digging a swale out to keep your property safe.