Does your porch or lobby frequently suffer from flooding? If so, then using rain gutters to direct the flow of water away and towards drains could be a solution to the issue with your apartment complex.
Rain gutters collect water that is running off the roof, and directs it away from areas of flat land so that it can flow towards drains. It is important that the gutters are kept clean and free from obstructions, though. One common issue with gutters is that they can become clogged with leaves and other debris, and when this happens water can pool in them, and then cause damp issues or other damage to the walls and the roofing.
In the winter, the clogged water can turn to ice, and expand, which can damage the guttering itself as well as any decorative wall facing.
When kept clean, however, gutters do a very good job of preventing flooding and managing water run-off. When combined with weather stripping to combat puddling of water near the doors, they can solve most water related problems.
Water damage is a serious issue, and it can be expensive to fix. Rain gutters are quite inexpensive to install and they will passively work to direct rain water away from your property, sending it directly to the drains.
Keeping Your Property Clean
It is important that you work to keep your property clean and tidy, and that the areas around the property are free from debris. If water is allowed to pool in areas where there is litter or there are leaves piled up against the apartment walls, then this will cause damp to develop and could attract pests. Termites and other pests are attracted to standing water, and can cause costly damage to your property.
In cases where there is a serious issue with frequent, heavy rain it may be necessary to take more aggressive measures to combat the build-up of standing water. For those who live in areas where rain is only occasional, however, all that is necessary is good drainage. Make sure that the driveway and paths are in a good state of repair and angled away from the building. Keep the gutters and drain covers clean. Remove weeds from against the walls, and be sure to give the whole grounds a careful pass and cleaning towards the end of autumn, to minimise any weather damage when the winter hits.