One of the first things that a new homeowner learns is that ‘water is your enemy,’ because there are so many ways that water can ruin or destroy home and property. A leak can cause ceilings to chip away, pipes to burst, and pools of water to collect inside. Water can seep into rugs or behind walls, and cause mold to develop. But it’s not just inside where water can wreak havoc.
Water collecting outside a property or development can also cause all sorts of problems to develop, which is why it’s important that every condo or homeowner association pays attention to any and all drainage issues. And, it’s also crucial that drainage systems be properly maintained.
Drainage at a property is often overlooked, but when something goes wrong, the results can be devastating. There have been many cases in New Jersey of water getting into units and cars because of a poor drainage system. In the winter, there is the additional danger of water freezing into ice, which can result in a whole slew of problems.
As a result of the threat water poses to buildings and properties, boards should think about drainage issues, have money put aside for maintaining their systems annually, and prevent any costly emergencies to the property’s landscaping.
When contractors talk about drainage issues, they are normally talking about problems they see that could affect landscaping.