How To Use Landscaping to Protect Your Home

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Proper landscaping is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it can also help with outside flooding. According to the National Climate Assessment, there has been an increasing number of severe storms over the past thirty years. With no indication of a change in this trend any time soon, it is wise to take a few precautions to help protect your property when severe storms hit.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect your home from damage.

1. Direct Water Away From Your Foundation

Proper rain drainage will direct water away from the foundation of your home. Rain spouts can be used to divert water as much as six feet away. Once water is released onto the ground, make sure it has a downward path to follow that slopes away from your house.

2. Make Use of a Swale

A swale is a depression in the ground that can be used to direct the flow of water and avoid outside flooding. Channeling water from swales into a rain garden, dry well, or drainage system slows the flow of water even more.

3. Create a Rain Garden

Rain gardens are usually fifty to one-hundred square feet and bring beauty to your landscape. Rain gardens provide a place for water to pool and eventually soak back into the soil. You can create a low maintenance garden by using native plants.

4. Use Landscaping Materials That Stay Put

If you use lightweight landscaping materials, like pine mulch, you may find them scattered all over your yard after a heavy rain storm. Avoid this problem by using heavier materials that are not easily swept away. Hardwood mulches or mulches made with man-made materials are both good options.

When outside flooding occurs, you can end up with flood damage inside your home as well as outside. By working with our team at AdvantaClean, you can quickly return to your restored home.


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