When one talks about disasters, flooding is probably at the top of the list as it is probably the most damaging around. Floods are extremely damaging and more than just a slight inconvenience. For people who live in flood-prone areas, constant gazing of the skies and nearby water sources for foreboding indications of an overflow are just a part of life. But what if the flooding comes from a source you can’t see? This is often the case with flooding caused by groundwater. Mainly for homes with basements, groundwater can seep in through the foundation, ruining walls, floors, carpeting, furniture, and anything stored down there. Flooding can then lead to other problems, including mold.
As a Fremont property owner, you are responsible for keeping your property real estate investment flood free. Preventing flooding in your rental homes is not only the key to care for your investment but also in maintaining a comfortable and attractive rental property. No resident will want to live for a long period of time in a house that is prone to repeat floods or a has a basement that is so damp 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 hazard, especially in older homes where most of their drainage systems are connected directly to the city storm sewer or improper leveling.
Fortunately, there is something you can do to keep your property dry and profitable. The best way to control groundwater is to install a perimeter drain system. Depending on your property, you might 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. While either 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 expensive at first, when compared to the potential loss of property value and revenue that flooding can bring, it may just 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 Masters, 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 Fremont 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 510-398-8704 for more information.
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