Maintaining proper drainage, especially around the perimeter of your foundation, is one of the simplest yet most cost-effective ways of preventing foundation damage. Prioritize installing proper drainage systems in your property. Poor drainage, if not resolved early, could lead to structural damage, which is much more expensive and complicated to repair.
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What Are The Best Drainage Solutions?
There are a few effective drainage solutions. One or more of the following solutions can be explored to improve drainage and avert long term damages to the building’s foundation:
Installation Of Sump Pumps
A sump pump is installed in order to remove water out of the basement and the crawlspaces. This is because water pooling in these areas can directly affect the foundation and cause other structural damages to the building. Installing a sump pump is a simple yet very effective solution in preventing the accumulation of water around the foundation. There are two different types of Sump Pumps – Upright Sump Pumps also known as Pedestal Sump Pumps and the Submersible Sump Pumps.
The Upright Sump Pump – The pump’s motor is fitted at the top while the base holds the pumping mechanism. A ball float is used to turn the pump on and off. The motor does not get wet so there is no risk of malfunction.
Submersible Pump – This model is designed to be fully submersible and it will seat at the very bottom of the Sump. The pump has two types of switches. First, it can use a ball float that is directly connected to a pressure switch inside the pump. The pump can also use an adjustable, sealed, mercury activated float switch. The latter is more reliable than the former.
Grading is basically the process of contouring the ground to ensure that there is an effective slope that channels the water away from the foundation.
Install Basic Drainage Devices
Channeling water away from the building and avoiding accumulation of moisture around the foundation can be achieved by installing simple drainage devices such as gutters on the roof, catch basins, trench drains, downspouts, or area drains. Make sure that these devices are positioned well so that they don’t channel water towards the foundation. For example, the gutters and downspouts need to be positioned in a manner that ensures the water they collect is challenged further away from the foundation.
Install A French Drain
French drains are basically designed to attract, collect, and divert the underground water to prevent any accumulation of moisture in areas that it may cause structural damage to the building. The French drains will be built around the foundation’s exterior walls but can also be used in retaining walls to reduce pressure from ground water. Either way, they will play a significant role in improving drainage on your property.
Proper drainage helps a lot in avoiding any future foundation problems. Feel free to give us a call today for effective drainage services for your property.
Signs of Drainage Problem
You’ll find this on concrete or block walls. This white, chalky substance is in itself harmless, but because it indicates the presence of excessive moisture, you should not take it lightly. Water intrusion, in the long run, may eventually cause your home’s concrete or block walls to crumble.
The moisture trapped in the soil around your foundation, if not drained off properly, can freeze and turn to ice crystals during winter. These ice crystals exert additional pressure on your foundation and its members. Your foundation walls can bulge, lean or crack in result.
Due to poor drainage resulting in the presence of excessive moisture, the soil around your foundation can become heavier. This increases the pressure exerted by the soil on your foundation walls and this, in turn, can cause your foundation walls to bulge, lean or crack.
Excess moisture in the soil around your foundation can cause the soil to sink, therefore causing your foundation to settle. Foundation settlement, in turn, causes cracks in the walls of your foundation, sloping floors and doors/windows that stick or are misaligned.