How's Your Backyard Look?
Summer is here and we are all ready to get outside and enjoy our backyard BBQ and swimming pools. It is nice and hot out during the day for the kids to play and warm enough to sit out with adults at the end of the night after the little ones are in bed.
When you look at your backyard are your neighbors higher yards higher, lower or the same height as yours?
If your neighbors yard is higher than yours you are in a bad runoff situation. Water will go the path of least resistance. You want there to be a grade away from the home so the water goes away. However if your neighbors yard is pushing water into yours the likelihood of there being an exterior water intrusion during a heavy rain is much higher for your home.
If your neighbors yard is lower than yours there is a reverse situation happening from the above scenario.
If your neighbors yard is even with yours, it means they did the grading correctly when your home was built. Ideally you should have only a slight difference or no difference between yards so that the water runoff goes into the ditches in the front yard. Those ditches eventually run into the city drainage system.
Next time you are sitting in the backyard take a look at the grade of your yard and the yards around yourself to see if you are at risk or sitting pretty.
If you happen to have a water intrusion please always call us at SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville!