Wisconsin weather is unpredictable at the best of times, but one thing is certain – heavy rains will lead to flooding. As a Wisconsin homeowner, there are a few things you can do with your landscaping to help keep the water away from your basement. Here are a few tips to consider when planning your landscaping.
How to Plan a Landscape to Help Prevent Flooding
- Plant a rain garden. A rain garden is meant to hold water during rain storms and allows the water to soak into the ground within 24 hours of the rainfall. Keeping the rain garden at least 10 feet away from your home will keep water from gathering and potentially flooding your foundation. Use plants that are local to the area and that have deep roots to keep weeds away.
- If your property is near any natural water sources like a stream or creek, mow your lawn within three feet of the banks, allowing the grass to act as a barrier between you and the rising water.
- Speaking of grass, don’t cut your grass too low. Grass isn’t only planted to make your yard look better, but also to hold excess water.
- Plants should be native to the area and have a high water tolerance.
- Build up barriers using grass, shrubs, and mulch.
- Divert rain spouts so they point away from your home.
A&J Property Restoration DKI Can Help
Even with the best landscaping and planning, with heavy enough rainfall, flooding can still happen. A&J Property Restoration knows that water damage can lead to costly repairs and, in some cases, restoration of your home.
We have a team standing by 24/7 for emergencies ready to assess your flooded basement using our state of the art Matterport Technology, and ready to bring your home back to normal. Call us today for more information – we’re here to help.