When one talks about disasters, the common conclusion that comes to mind is how detrimental it can be to properties. Flooding is probably the most destructive around, people who live in flood-prone areas know this for sure as they are the ones who are used to dealing with the flood. From watching the skies and nearby water sources for warning signs of having an emergency plan, these people probably have plans from A to Z. But what if flooding comes from a source you can’t see? As what is mostly the case with flooding caused by groundwater, it can be a pain. Groundwater can seep in through the foundation, ruining walls, floors, carpeting, furniture and anything stored down there. Not only that, but flooding can also lead to other problems like mold.
As a Yorktown property owner, you need to have a plan on how to protect your real estate investment. Preventing flooding in your rental homes should arguably be one of the most important ones that you have to take care of. This is the key to protecting your investment at the same time also helps keep your rental home clean and appealing. No resident will put up with repeat floods or a basement that is so damp that they have no use for it. However, if groundwater levels outside the basement rise above the level of the floor, water can seep in through any open cracks or holes in the foundation. Stormwater can also pose a threat, particularly for older homes as chances are their drainage systems are still directly connected to the city storm sewer or improper grading.
Luckily, you can do something 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 would 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. Even if the drainage system might work, industry experts tend to view an under-floor drainage system as more effective in diverting groundwater away from the foundation.
While drainage systems might seem costly from the start, when you factor in the potential loss of property value and revenue that flooding can bring, it will eventually save you expensive repairs in the long run. It’s important to have your property evaluated regularly and to deal with potential groundwater issues right away. Therefore, having the right property management company is the most important decision you may ever make.
At Real Property Management VA Peninsula, we have the experience and resources you need to discuss potential groundwater issues promptly and expertly. We specialize in helping property owners protect the value and profitability of their Yorktown 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 757-251-9188 for more information.
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