Water damage in a foundation can cost home owners thousands. Are you doing everything you can to keep drainage away from your house?
One of the most cost-effective things you can do to protect your foundation is to prepare for yard and house drainage. Indeed, effective drainage systems are the first line of defense when it comes to maintaining a stable foundation.
There are a ton of variables that go into the health of your home’s foundation. Some things, like your physical location, are out of your control. What is in your control, however, is how you prepare for the weather. In the case of drainage, preventative measures are always more effective than reactive ones.
If you aren’t keeping an eye on your drainage system, your foundation could be heading toward instability. By the time many people realize the damage, it is already too late. Don’t let drainage get ahead of you; take preventative measures. These simple steps increase the longevity of your foundation.
Here are a few factors to consider when tackling a drainage problem:
An efficient gutter system will drain water away from your home and your foundation. As a homeowner, this should be an essential addition to your house. If your home doesn’t already have an up-to-date gutter system, chances are you are experiencing some pooling near your home. Installing a gutter system isn’t very expensive, especially considering the savings it creates.
Routine maintenance is still essential for homeowners who already have a gutter system in place. In order to prepare for the upcoming seasons, be sure to check your gutters and clear them of any clogs. If there is damage to your gutter system, you may want to consult a professional.
Sometimes a gutter alone isn’t enough to divert water away from your foundation. One of the main causes for pooling near your house in this case is the slope of your landscape. If the landscape is not sloped away from your house, it can cause water to collect in the soil touching your foundation.
If your landscape is sloped toward your house, you may want to contact a professional for a consultation. They can determine if altering the slope will reduce drainage runoff.
If all else fails, you can consider installing a french drain. A French Drain redirects surface and ground water away from your foundation. These are highly effective in tackling specific problem areas. If there is one spot of your yard that collects more water than the rest, this may be a solution.
Taking preventative measures isn’t the most popular thing to do. Despite that, it is still the most effective way to ensure your foundation will hold strong for years to come.
If you have any questions or concerns about your foundation, please contact The Foundation Doctor today.