We decided it was appropriate as a landscape and construction company to share our top tips to avoid flooding to keep you and your properties safe! With the recent events in British Columbia including atmospheric rivers and mass flooding destroying people’s homes and ruining vital info structures.
Properly landscaping the perimeter of your home can help prevent flooding in your yard that can potentially leach through your foundation and into your home. This water can come from a variety of things from catastrophic weather or a neighbor’s pool bursting. In BC we have seen massive amounts of water leak through foundations and adding up to over 6 feet of water in many homes. Our condolences to the families whose homes are even completely submerged.
As landscape professionals, we are ready to help you and your property stay safe and look amazing! Our highly skilled team with years of experience and a passion for the business will take your home exterior to the next level. From fixing faulty landscaping to designing beautiful backyard rock walls we are ready to take on whatever you throw at us!
Tip 1: Retaining walls (landscape bestfriend)
A properly done retaining wall will be done with gravel backfill. If not, water will pool in your yard and will result in significant water damage. For proper drainage, the first 12 inches of space behind a retaining wall should be filled with crushed stone or gravel. This is so that when water gets into the space it does not become bogged down. But instead can flow down the wall to the drains or weep holes. If you are concerned with a retaining wall in your yard contact us today! And our team is happy to come take a look and assess the situation at no cost!
Tip 2: Yard catch basins
Make sure all yard catch basins are clean and free of leaves and debris. Done by simply raking the debris out with a rake or shovel.
Tip 3: Gutters
Clean gutters to allow for roof water to drain into storm system and not flow over edges of gutters into your yard. Gutters serve the vital purpose of collecting the rain that falls on the roof and diverting it through downspouts away from the home’s foundation. Without gutters, water that falls near the foundation will lead to leaks around windows or in a basement or crawlspace.
Tip 4: sloping yard – a landscape catastrophy
Low laying areas of the yard may need to be trenched to allow water to flow. Rain and snow will pool if not. Remember you want water to be moving AWAY from building structures. If it isn’t then sandbags and Poly must be used to keep water away from your home!
There are a variety of ways to level a sloping yard. Another way you can help a sloping yard is instead of adding turf you can lay down perennial ground covers and plant ornamental plants that will catch the access water. The roots of these plants also have a great root system to hold the soil for years. And they can give your yard a beautiful look!
Noticing water damage due to faulty landscaping? Contact us today! It’s important to call a professional quickly to prevent further damage, faster clean up and repairs. Here at KGH Equipment our experts are ready to get your home back in tip-top shape! Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to take care of you and your property. Proudly serving the Fraser Valley.
Our hearts go out to any homes, properties and businesses that were affected by the catastrophic flooding in BC. Over the past few weeks.