Why is Drainage Important to Your Home, Sally Dunbar's Monday Minute

Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) DRE# 00809499

Sacramento has been in a drought the past few years, but this year the flood gates have opened up. Yes, WAY above average, finally.  I always point out the possible drainage issues a home may face that are apparent when I show a home.  A few years ago, a Buyer's daughter asked me to stop because "It will obviously never rain again".  That so??? But I admit it is hard to think about the effects of rain when you are shopping n shorts and 110 degrees!


Here is why you don't want drainage issues.  Dry rot is a fungus that grows on wet wood, and it spreads.  Try sticking a screw driver into solid wood - it's hard, right?  But try sticking it into dry rot, and it sinks like a knife in a bundt cake. Dry rot will eventually compromise your structure.  What about wood destroying beetles and other bugs and critters?  They love damp conditions. They will flock to your damp substructure.  How do get them out??? Tenting - which is costly. Here's my Monday Minute on drainage.


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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I think many Sacramento region homeowners are rethinking drainage since our recent rash of rainstorms.  I know I am.  I have a dry creek in my back yard to help divert water away from the foundation.  It needs to be dug deeper!

Jan 27, 2017 03:56 PM #2
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Water issues like dry rot are definitely no small thing to deal with, when living in a home or planning to sell it.

Jan 27, 2017 06:18 PM #3
Sally Dunbar
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale

These recent rains have really pushed drainage to the forefront!

Jan 27, 2017 06:47 PM #4
Janey Bishop
Gold Star Realty - Calabasas, CA
SFV CA Senior & Probate RE Specialist

In Southern CA we have the same thing. We don't usually get large amounts of rain in a single day so we are noticing all the drainage issues too. And water damage can be so costly. Good post.

Jan 28, 2017 03:02 PM #5
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