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So, what do you do if you see standing water or effluorescence? “If you have standing water on your property, there are several simple things you can do to mitigate it,” adds Mike. Are your gutters and downspouts clogged? Are they in proper working condition? Gutters and downspouts move water from your roof away from the foundation of your structure. Consider adding downspout extensions to help redirect the water. “If your gutters and downspouts are all good, then it’s time to look around outside. Some problem areas may need to be addressed using a catch basin or French drains. If you are seeing water actually coming in to your home, installing interior drains and a sump pump should mitigate the problem.” If you are experiencing any drainage issues, contact a licensed and insured drainage contractor. Michael L. Naclerio, Inc. will be happy to come and take a look, educate you on the cause of the problem, and offer suggestions on the best way to eliminate it. “Some water damage can go undetected for years,” says Mike. “Believe it or not, I had a problem in my own home! I was excavating my yard, getting ready to install surface drains for a new patio, when I saw holes in the concrete block foundation. My house sits on a slab so I don’t have a basement. I had to dig 42” down to the freeze/thaw line to discover there was ground water sitting on the footing. I had to install footing drains in addition to surface drains (see photos). I would never have known had I not wanted a new patio!” “One way to detect the presence of water around your home is to look at your patio and walkways. Are the pavers moved or buckled? Is the concrete buckled or cracked? If so, this is the result of the ground moving, most likely due to water freezing and thawing below the surface. It’s always a good idea to have things checked out, just to be aware of any problems.” Mike also advises that before you do any home additions, outdoor patio or walkway construction, pond

installation, landscaping, etc., check for water problems that you may or may not know exist. “In my over 32 years of experience in landscaping and drainage, I’ve seen far too many homeowners spend thousands of dollars on landscaping and hardscaping, only to have it succumb to water damage in a few short years. It pays to do your homework first to avoid problems later!”

Michael L. Naclerio, Inc. Landscaping & Drainage 845-627-3880 nacleriolandscaping.com. @MichaelLNaclerioInc The Sassis with their two children, Kate and Daniel. RivertownMagazine.com

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