Sunday, May 15, 2011
Drainage, Drainage, Drainage!
I know it never rains in Southern California, at least not very often. When it does, is your home or property protected from possible water damage? Here's a short list of the issues that drive inspectors crazy:
1. Faulty grade elevation issues. The perimeter grade (Soil) should be a minimum of 4" below the exterior wall sill plate framing, stucco weep screed and or siding surfaces.
2. Faulty paved or covered surfaces (Flat Work) should be a minimum of 2" below the exterior wall sill plate framing, stucco weep screed and or siding surfaces.
3. Negative slope or grade conditions. The perimeter landscape, soil, flat work, etc. should have a positive slope away from the structure foundation. Never allow standing or ponding water at or near the foundation.
4. Rain gutters? Do you have any? If not, why not? A properly installed rain gutter system with proper discharge to a safe location away from the structure and foundation will help your home or other structure fight off water damage.
5. Perimeter yard area drainage system. If you don't have one, why not? This is the primary source for maintaining a consistent moisture level around the structure and foundation.
Controlling excessive moisture conditions in and around your property will help you and your home have years of enjoyment at a much lower maintenance cost.