Homeowners and basement waterproofing professionals will tell you that poor water drainage around a home and its foundation can lead to major foundation issues. The homeowner will be faced with a large repair bill if water drainage issues aren’t detected and addressed in a timely manner.
If water drains around your home’s foundation it can lead to the foundation buckling and bowing. It’s crucial that waterproofing and finding ways to control water flow be undertaken to prevent further damage and keep your home stable.
The soil that surrounds your home’s foundation needs to be kept at relatively consistent moisture levels to prevent any settling of the foundation. If the soil gets too wet, it will heave and this can lead to the home’s foundation moving and shifting.
How can you address drainage issues at your home? Here are a few ways:
- Making certain that trees aren’t planted too close to the home’s foundation. The roots can damage the foundation and it will also drain the area of moisture.
- Gutters on the home need to be cleaned so they drain properly. Downspouts need to be directed away from the home’s foundation.
- The moisture of the soil around the foundation needs to be kept consistent. Too dry and it will shrink, too wet and it expands – neither are good for the foundation’s integrity.
- The slope of the drainage should be at a level of at least a half an inch per ten feet to keep water away from the foundation and basement.
- If drainage is an issue, channel drains might be needed.
- Drainage may need to be installed at the subsurface levels by the installation of foundation drains.
- Cracks in the foundation, both inside and out, may be the cause of water entering your basement. A basement waterproofing contractor will seal the cracks, repair the foundation and ensure that the water drains properly away from the house.
By installing an interior perimeter drainage system around the inside of the basement along the wall, you can capture water at the most common point of entry – the floor/wall joint. You can also capture water from the walls and prevent the center of the basement floor from leaking by intercepting the water at the perimeter of the floor before it gets to the center. Even in basements that are already finished, it’s much easier to waterproof from the inside than the outside.
If you notice water pooling around the foundation of the home or if there is standing water or moisture in the basement or on the walls, give us a call. We will inspect your basement and let you know if there are any issues with the integrity of your basement and the home’s foundation.