Monsoon season is upon us! We chatted with the Keller Homes Customer Service team to learn more about protecting your home during the wettest months of the year. Here's what we learned.
A recent review by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found, “Colorado Springs recorded 6.23 inches of precipitation through out the month of July. This is 3.39 inches above normal, and makes July of 2017 the 3rd wettest July on record in Colorado Springs. Also, Colorado Springs averages 3.34 inches of precipitation through out the month of August. On average, August is the wettest month of the year in Colorado Springs.” In other words, we’re not out of the woods yet.
Water is good for all kinds of vegetation; however, it is not good for your home. This is especially true if your property does not drain properly and stays wet. Excesses water around your home can produce a host of unwanted consequences including, but not limited to: backfill settlement, settlement or heaving of concrete, flooding, and damage to landscape features.
There are several important actions you can take to prevent these problems:
INSPECT & IDENTIFY
First, homeowners should periodically inspect areas around the home and identify potential risks. Make sure soil around the home slopes away from concrete flatwork and foundation walls and eliminate low spots which cause pooling water. It is also important to inspect the swales and shallow drainage ditches around your property to ensure surface water is being properly diverted away from your home. Over time, silt can build up and eventually alter these intended pathways. Excess water around your foundation is a major contributor to backfill settlement.
GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS
Second, gutters and downspouts are a key factor in getting water away from your home’s foundation. Make sure the gutters are firmly attached to your house and the downspout extensions are down and free from obstructions. The downspouts are designed to deliver surface water from your roof directly to the drainage swales rather than against your foundation wall and backfill zone.
Third, routinely inspect window wells to be sure the drains are functioning as designed. The location of the drain is typically centered in the bottom of the well just below the gravel’s surface. Its purpose is to prevent water from building up on the inside of your window wells. Over time, the top of the drains can get filled in and plugged with silt from wind or run-off or with trash and debris. It is important to keep this area free and clear so the water can access the drain.
Last, routinely inspect your sump pit and sump pump equipment if your home is so equipped. Be sure the pump has power and test the pump to verify it is working properly. We recommend using a garden hose or pouring a bucket of water into the pit for the purpose of testing and cleaning the pump.
These are four easy steps towards protecting your home during the wet seasons. We hope you find the information helpful!