Perhaps one of the most common concerns of any property owner is the occurrence of natural disasters. Never good for both residents and properties. Flooding is one of the most destructive around, and one that also happens more frequently than the rest. For those who live in flood-prone areas, watching the skies and nearby water sources for warning signs of an overflow are just a part of life. They are sort of used to it, they can’t afford to not watch out because the price to pay is destruction. But what if flooding comes from a source you can’t see? This is often the situation with flooding caused by groundwater. More common in homes that have basements because groundwater can seep in through the foundation, which in turn will ruin walls, floors, carpeting, furniture, and basically anything that your residents could have kept down there. Flooding can also lead to more troubles like mold.
As a Hendersonville property owner, you know very well that protecting your real estate investment is a top priority. Preventing flooding in your rental homes will help boost the aesthetic appeal of your rental property at the same time make it more cozy and comfortable. Damp basements do not attract residents and repeat floods in the area is a sure way to drive potential tenants away. Although, if groundwater levels outside the basement rise way 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 with drain systems connected directly to the city storm sewer or improper grading.
As always, there is something you can do to keep your property dry and profitable. Like illness, prevention is better than the cure as 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 the start, when you factor in 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 Investor’s Choice, we have the experience and resources you need to address potential groundwater issues promptly and expertly. We specialize in helping property owners protect the value and profitability of their Hendersonville 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 615-810-9578 for more information.