Drainage Problems & Your Kansas City Rental Property

I’m not sure why a real estate investor won’t take care of their Kansas City rental property but it just seems to me that drainage problems and rental property go hand in hand.

Fixing a basement in Kansas City can be very, very costly. Heck, if you put in a 4″ wall brace every six feet and you have 140 linear feet of basement wall you are going to end up with a bill close to $9,000 for repairs. And that’s if you don’t need any other major corrections…which is highly unlikely.

Some simple things you can do to protect your rental property investments;

  • Water the lawn when there has been no rain for an extended period of time. Especially about two feet out from the foundation. If you think your tenants won’t water because they pay the bill offer them a $25 rent credit to offset their water bill.
  • Make sure ALL downspouts have elbows on them at the water exit. Otherwise it’s like a blasting tube for water during thunderstorms. I’ve seen holes as much as a foot deep dug by the foundation walls. Not good.
  • Add those $15 flexible black pipe extenders to your downspouts to get the water directed to the closest slope away from your rental house.
  • Add dirt around your foundation so that you have a one inch drop away from the house before you have gone more than twelve inches away from the foundation.
  • Avoid buying rental property in Kansas City at the bottom of a hill if there is no berm or drainage systems to direct the water away from or around your rental property.

This list is by no means all inclusive. Nor will it insure that you never have a foundation problem. But it sure as well help keep your negligence from being the doom of your Kansas City rental property. And how much do you think any of those items costs, anyway?


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2 responses to “Drainage Problems & Your Kansas City Rental Property

  1. Jeff Brown

    What’s a basement?

  2. Chris Lengquist

    That’s where people from California run to whenever they hear a tornado siren. Kansans run outside to see where it is. 🙂

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