We are finally drying out from all the rain we have had these last several months. Now is a good time to evaluate any drainage issues you may have recently encountered. Check out the attached photos and video of a recent drainage solution installed by Hughes Construction Company.
Below are a few simple reminders to help ward off drainage issues in the future and save you money in the long run:
Keeping gutters clean
Be sure to clean your homes gutters on a regular basis. Leaves, twigs and debris can clog the gutters impeding proper drainage. This can cause water overflow in areas which can lead to water settling around your foundation. If gutters have are still overflowing, consider a rain diverter which will help to direct water flow during heavier rainfalls.
Keeping downspouts clear
Downspouts are designed to direct water collected by the gutters away from your foundation for proper drainage. Clogged downspouts/buildup of debris can cause gutters to overflow, potentially allowing for water to puddle around the foundation. These areas are typically not designed to appropriately absorb excess water. Make sure your downspouts are carrying the water collected away from your foundation.
Clean out any Drains/Drainage pipes
Make sure any drainage pipes are kept clean and clear of debris and yard waste. Keep in mind that if water is unable to drain through the intended drainage system it will find another route. This creates potential for erosion and unstable soil. This water also has the potential of making its way toward your home’s foundation and finding a way inside.
Appropriate Spacing between ground soil/landscaping and your home’s facade
There should be at least 6 to 8 inches of foundation visible between the soil surrounding your foundation and the start of your homes siding or brick. Anything less than this can contribute to potential foundation failures by allowing water to infiltrate your home.
Grading of yard
Water should be directed away from your foundation not standing along side it. If you have a negative grade, your yard slopes toward your home, this may be something to consider modifying. All yards should slope away from the home by 6″ within the first 10′ of the house. Anything different can lead to conditions contributing to water permeation of the home or even future foundation problems.
If you have addressed all of the above and are still dealing with drainage issues or basement seepage it may be time to consult with a licensed structural engineer. This will enable you as the home owner to know what exactly you need for repairs and the best method of doing so for your unique situation. Please keep in mind it is always best to consult a structural engineer prior to hiring a contractor for any foundation repairs.