Rainfall is essential to life outdoors; not only does it provide animals and critters with water they need to survive but our landscaping benefits from it as well. Pretty soon our lawns will turn green and lush and trees and shrubs will bloom as a result of more sunshine, warmer temperatures, and rain.
We’re about to enter the rainy season here in the Heartland. The rainy season starts in May and goes through August, leaving Kansas City and the surrounding areas soaked. Most days in late spring through mid-summer have a chance of rain with thunderstorms rolling in often.
Can the rainy season and heavy rainfall have an impact on our homes? Keep reading to learn the dangers heavy rainfall can cause and how you can protect your home from drainage issues.
It can ruin your landscaping
While rain is essential for our plants, trees, shrubs, and lawns to thrive, too much of it can be harmful to our landscaping. When we experience heavy rainfall throughout the rainy season, it can damage the lawns and plants we’ve taken such good care of. Our lawns and plants benefit from daily watering especially when temperatures are scorching, however, heavy rainfall overwaters and can lead to soil erosion ultimately damaging greenery. When soil gets too wet it lacks oxygen which is essential for grass and plants to survive.
Adding mulch to plant beds and around tree trunks will act as a barrier so water can’t penetrate the soil as easily, especially in areas that are prone to flooding. Do plenty of research before planting to ensure plants and shrubs can tolerate certain weather conditions we get here in the Heartland.
It can cause foundation damage
Foundation damage is every homeowner’s nightmare. The last thing you want is your foundation to develop cracks or to shift. While it is relatively common, foundation damage can lead to repairs that are thousands of dollars. Foundation damage occurs as a result of soil conditions, slab foundation issues, and improper drainage. Heavy rainfall doesn’t help protect a home’s foundation especially if there is improper drainage. It’s important to periodically inspect your home’s foundation for cracks so you can repair them early before they can cause more damage.
It can cause flooding
Heavy rainfall can flood not only your gardens and yard but can cause floods in and around your home. When water is left to pool around the foundation then the risk of basement flooding is pretty high. Basement flooding can cause mold and mildew to grow and can destroy your basement floors. After heavy rainfalls, examine the perimeter of your home to ensure water isn’t collecting around the foundation and basement. Periodically examine your basement floors to make sure water isn’t seeping in.
It can damage your home’s gutter system
A gutter system is designed to collect and drain water away from the roof, but a gutter system that was poorly installed or isn’t of high quality can become damaged easily as a result of heavy rain. Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Sectional and half-round gutter systems aren’t equipped to handle large amounts of rainfall and, as a result, can overflow, sag, and tear away from the home causing a whole slew of issues like rotted soffit and fascia boards and a damaged roof.
Luckily, the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System was designed to handle a minimum of 22 inches of rain per hour so you can rest assured your gutter system will never overflow, sag, or tear away from the home regardless of the weather. Living in the Heartland means bouts of heavy rainfall and the K-Guard System is the perfect solution for all homeowners to protect their homes from drainage issues. Not only will K-Guard collect and flush large amounts of water away from the home but it can keep your landscaping drier and help prevent foundation damage as a result of overflowing gutters.
Our gutter product is a completely seamless system that has a curved hood that allows debris, ice, and snow to simply slide off, never allowing it to accumulate. Half-round gutter systems collect debris that results in clogs which can cause your basements to become flooded and can cause foundation damage, landscaping damage, as well as damage to your home’s interior.
Heavy rainfall can have quite a negative impact on your home. With the possibility of ruining your landscaping, causing foundation damage, flooding, and damaging your home’s gutter system, heavy rainfall can cause damage to all parts of your home’s exterior.
Take an important step in protecting your home from heavy rainfall and drainage issues by installing the K-Guard System. Contact our team today or call (913) 380-1616 to schedule your free estimate. We’ll examine your current gutter system and will offer an assessment as well as our recommendations for installing the K-Guard System on your home. We offer our gutter installation service to homeowners across both Missouri and Kansas including, but not limited to, the following locations: Kansas City, Overland Park, Topeka, Olathe, Shawnee, Independence, Lenexa, and Lee’s Summit.