Disasters spell destruction to anybody. Flooding, in particular, is of the most destructive around. For people who are living in flood-prone areas, it is normal to always watch out for possible signs of incoming flood. An unfriendly sky or water sources slowly rising is some of the most common warning signs of an impending flood. But what flooding comes from a source you can’t see? This is normally the case with flooding caused by groundwater. This happens mostly to homes with basements as groundwater can seep in through the foundation, ruining walls, floors, carpeting, furniture and basically anything that is being kept down there. Flooding can also lead to other problems like mold.
As a Round Rock property owner, one of the most important things that you have to bear in mind is protecting your real estate investment. Preventing flooding in your rental homes is not only a great solution to guarantee protection for your investment but also in maintaining a habitable and appealing rental property. But if groundwater levels upsurge beyond the level of the foundation, water can leak through any vulnerable cracks or holes. Stormwater can also pose a hazard, especially in homes that have been around for a long time because their drainage systems are oftentimes connected directly to the city storm sewer or improper grading.
Fortunately, there is something you can do to keep your property dry and profitable. The best way to control groundwater is to install a perimeter drain system. Depending on your property, you might need either an above-slab gutter system, which is installed at the base of the exterior foundation walls or a below-slab drainage system, which is incorporated into the floor slab itself. While either drainage system might work, industry experts tend to view an under-floor drainage system as more effective in diverting groundwater away from the foundation.
You may have hesitations on your part as an owner especially since drainage systems can be expensive at first, but if you think about the possible loss of property value and revenue that flooding can bring then it is actually better to spend at first than risk spending more on repairs in the long run. It is important to make sure that your property is checked regularly and spot potential groundwater issues immediately. Having the right property management company can help you with these issues.
At Real Property Management LoneStar, we have the experience and resources you need to address potential groundwater issues promptly and expertly. We specialize in helping property owners protect the value and profitability of their Round Rock rental homes and offer a range of services to suit any circumstances. Would you like to learn more? Please contact us online or call us at 512-520-9060 for more information.
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