When you start looking at property in Jacksonville, you want to make sure you find a home that doesn’t have any hidden problems. One problem to be on the lookout for is drainage issues. When a house has a drainage problem, it can quickly become costly. Water buildup can lead to roof damage, leaking and in severe cases the development of mold.
Whether you are looking at new homes or are exploring Jacksonville foreclosures, this is something to be on the lookout for. In Florida, rain is frequent. A bad drainage problem can easily become something stressful and challenging to deal with.
Signs Your Property Has a Drainage Problem
1. Clogged gutters: Leaves, mud and other debris in the gutters can cause a major drainage backup. There are two drainage problems this may indicate. One, that there is a tree or other environmental factor contributing to clogging, or two, that the previous homeowner wasn’t cognizant of small home maintenance tasks to alleviate debris. Be on the lookout for poorly managed gutters as a warning sign.
2. Dumping downspouts: A gutter that drops off in a gushing waterfall can lead to erosion and flooding. These are especially common around patios and corners of the home where the gutter cannot easily feed into another drainage system.
3. Water stains: Keep your eyes on the walls, the ceiling and the floor. Water stains indicate that water has made its way into the walls of the home and saturated the area. While a stain won’t always indicate mold, there is an increased chance of mold being present when water sits–especially when combined with the heat of Jacksonville.
Want more home maintenance tips? Looking to purchase or sell property in Jacksonville? Contact the professionals at Traditions Realty.