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4 tips to ensure water flows away from your property

With all of the devastating weather events that have happened lately, many people’s homes were left flooded and their properties in dire need of repair.

Whilst something like a catastrophic flood can leave you feeling helpless, there are a few steps you can take to try to lessen future damage to your property.

We’ve outlined a few of these steps below to help you create better drainage and ensure water flows away from your home.

How do you know if you’ve got poor drainage?

If the drainage in and around your property isn’t up to scratch, you’ll probably know about it.

If your property has poor drainage, you’ll often see large puddles of water on your lawn that hang around long after the rain has stopped. You might also experience pools of water on your driveway, and even flooding in lower parts of your home such as the basement or garage.

So how can you improve your drainage and make sure water flows away from your property?

1. Create a dry stream

This one is essentially what it says in the name, a dry stream or creek bed that’s created by lining a shallow trough with stones that provides a place for excess water to flow and run off around your property. It’s also a pretty attractive landscaping option for your backyard.

2. Build a dry well

When surface water doesn’t have anywhere to go, it pools and floods the areas in and around your property. By digging an empty hole in the ground to create a dry well or reservoir, you’re giving the water somewhere to drain that’s not going to ruin your lawn.

3. Clear your cladding

Clear mulch and ground build-up from around your cladding - this is especially important if you have a basement-style property because often the waterproofing membrane is to ground level only and if the build-up of materials goes over this barrier, it will cause water to get in.

4. Keep your roof and gutters clear

To protect the house itself, it’s a good idea to regularly remove any debris from your roof and gutters to keep water away from your home. Blocked gutters mean water is forced down the walls of your house, and if it’s not taken care of, it could seep inside and cause the growth of mould and other nasties.

As with anything, it’s best to get the professionals involved to make sure you get it right. If you’re looking to improve your property’s drainage, get in touch with MYGuy, our friendly, expert team can get you sorted!

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