The land around your new Lennar home has been graded to provide proper drainage for your homesite and the surrounding area. During the grading process, dirt is placed at an angle to drain water away from your home, particularly away from your foundation. While proper grading is a major part of a good drainage system, there are other components, such as gutters, downspouts, and swales that are important, as well.
Always make sure to maintain proper grading when making any changes to your outdoor living space. Any modifications you make may negatively affect drainage – and any damage caused to your home, or your neighbors’ homes – will be considered your responsibility.
Drainage systems, including those underground, should be kept free of debris, such as leaves and twigs, so make sure to check these areas, including drain covers, regularly to prevent any clogs. Clogs can cause water to pool around your home, which can lead to water intrusion and even damage to your home. This excess water can also contribute to soil expansion and contraction, which can cause foundation problems.
Gutters should be inspected for debris build-up and leaks twice a year. Spring and fall are good times to do this. Sometimes leaks are very difficult to find, so you might want to have an expert inspect your gutters. If you decide to perform your own gutter maintenance, remember to use proper safety procedures, as serious injuries or even death can occur from falls.
If you have any questions about proper drainage for your Lennar home, please feel free to contact your local Lennar Customer Care representative for assistance.