Flooding is one if not the most destructive disaster that could possibly happen anywhere. For people who happen to live in flood-prone areas, regularly checking the skies and nearby water sources for signs of possible overflow is just part of the daily routine. But what happens if the flooding comes from a source that is not visible to the eyes? This is the most common case with flooding caused by groundwater. This happens mostly to homes with basements as groundwater can seep in through the foundation, destroying walls, floors, carpeting, furniture and basically anything that is stored there. Flooding can result in other problems, including mold.
As a Fort Mohave property owner, you know how just how important it is to protect your real estate property at all costs. Preventing flooding in your rental homes is not only the key to protecting your investment but also in keeping a habitable and attractive rental property. No resident will put up with recurring floods or a basement that is so moist that they can’t use it. But if groundwater levels outside the basement rise above the level of the floor, water can leak through any open cracks or holes in the foundation. Stormwater can also pose a threat, particularly in older homes with drain systems connected directly to the city storm sewer or unfortunate grading.
As always, there is something you can do to keep your property dry and profitable. The greatest way to control groundwater is to install a perimeter drain system. Depending on your property, you may 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 fused into the floor slab itself. While either drainage system might work, industry experts have a tendency to view an under-floor drainage system as more effective in diverting groundwater away from the foundation.
And although drainage systems might seem costly at first, when you factor in the potential loss of property value and revenue that flooding can bring, it may just save you expensive maintenance in the long run. It is important to have your property assessed habitually and to deal with potential groundwater issues right away. Therefore, having the ideal property management company is perhaps the most important decision you may ever make.
At Real Property Management Northern Arizona, we have the knowledge and resources you need to discuss possible groundwater issues promptly and skillfully. We specialize in helping property owners protect the value and cost-effectiveness of their Fort Mohave 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 928-757-7368 for more information.
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