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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Another Downpour

The monsoons struck the Phoenix Metroploitan area again with heavy rains on July 13th.
Again the calls from the East valley started coming in.
I don't know what the builders were thinking when they built homes in Mesa/Chandler/Gilbert, but they were certainly not thinking about Drainage! 
And as I mentioned in my previous blog, according to the soil survey map for expansive soils, it shows large pockets of expansive soils throughout the East valley.
 Water & Expansive soil = Trouble.
If your home is less than two years old I urge you to make sure there are no drainage issues while you can still go back to your home builder to fix the potential problems. 

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Major monsoon hits Arizona
The first big storm of the Arizona monsoon season on July 10th 2008 was an eye opener for some folks in the Metropolitan Phoenix area.
Heavy downpours caused massive flooding of streets & homes throughout the valley.
Because many houses built in the Mesa/Chandler/Gilbert area are built on nearly level lots, we have been flooded with calls from those areas in particular.
Due to water being trapped in-between the house & perimeter walls or water running from the backyard into patios & homes. Faulty construction, pools & landscaping
 are all to blame for these problems.
And to add to the drainage issues, many East valley homes are built on expansive soils ( See our page on " Expansive Soils/Map ) which swell when wet & shrink when it dries causing damage to the homes foundation & structure.

Getting water to drain away from a nearly level lot can be tricky but there is always a solution.

Although Drainage Remediation can be expensive, it is far less expensive then having to repair your homes foundation & structural damage due to improper drainage of a house built on expansive soil.

It appears that we are in for a long wet monsoon season.
Be prepared!
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