An El Niño year means more precipitation for New Mexico. Did you know that one inch of rain on a 1,500-square-foot roof generates 9,351 gallons of runoff? That’s a lot of water, and it could potentially damage your home.

The experts at American Restoration Water and fire, LLC can tell you that managing the runoff from your home or business can save you money and headache. Conduct a test with a water hose, or go outside next time it rains, and have a look at where the water from your roof goes. Is it eroding away any landscape near your foundation, or elsewhere? Does water pool up anywhere that may leak into your home? If so, you’ll want to take action to prevent water damage, and potentially, a mold problem.

Problems with water runoff can come from elsewhere, too. Is your neighbor adding on to their home or adding an outbuilding, patio, or carport? Make sure the additional surface areas they’re constructing aren’t going to send thousands of gallons of water toward your property. You should also be aware of any temporary situations on their property such as trenches or large piles of dirt won’t direct water your way.

Likewise, if you own a business in a developing or redeveloping area, be aware of what’s being built around you. If a new parking lot is going in near you, it will generate 6,234 gallons of runoff per 1,000 square feet for every inch of rain that falls. Make sure it isn’t going to flood your business.

Being aware of your surroundings and seeing potential problems before they arise will be a huge asset for you as a homeowner or business owner. Should something unforeseen or beyond your control happen with excessive runoff resulting in damage to your home or business, call the IIRC-certified team at American Restoration Water and Fire, LLC anytime day or night for a rapid and supportive response.