Sunday, July 13, 2008
9:43 pm mdt
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
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.
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.
5:08 pm mdt
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.
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.