What’s wrong with this picture?
A. If drainage around the home fails to move water away from the foundation, water will find its way inside causing potential property damage, mold and mildew problems and other concerns.
B. Nothing, the efflorescence (a white, crystal-line deposit sometimes found on masonry, stucco or concrete) doesn’t hurt anything and water intrusion isn’t a problem if the basement isn’t finished.
C. Efflorescence happens due to natural aging of masonry materials and is no concern at all.
D. These foundation walls were constructed to allow water through and are designed to divert it to a floor drain.
The correct answer is A.) If drainage around the home fails to move water away from the foundation; water will find its way inside causing potential property damage, mold and mildew problems and other concerns.
Trees can add beauty and shade in a landscape. They also provide habitat for any number of wildlife and can help reduce energy costs. However, planting anything that might grow 20 or 30-feet tall, should be planned carefully. A poorly planned or unmaintained tree can be a hazard.
Poorly planted trees produce leaves that clog gutters. Overhanging limbs can abrade roofs, and provide squirrels potential access to chimneys, soffits and other unwanted places. Falling limbs can damage the home during a storm. Tree roots can grow into foundations, plumbing and sidewalks.
To help avoid some of these issues in regards to proximity to a home or business, plant trees at least one-half their maximum height away from the house. For example, a 40-foot tree should be planted a minimum of 20-feet from any structure.
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