Protect Your Foundation with Downspout Drainage

Downspout drainage does more for your home than you may realize. Besides channeling the rainwater, it helps protect your foundation from water damage. Without the proper water drainage system on your home, water may consistently pour into your home’s foundation and eventually cause settlement problems.

Downspout drainage is an easy and affordable way to protect your home’s foundation, which makes it a worthy investment! Protect your home and consider installing a downspout drain from L.R.E. Ground Services, Inc.

Impacts of Water and Your Foundation

A downspout may seem like a small and insignificant addition to your home, but it actually provides major protection to your home’s foundation.

While gutters do their part to properly channel roof water, it can cause extensive damage if there is no downspout drain connected to your gutters. The downspout drain serves a major purpose and channels the water collected in your gutters away from your home.

The ultimate goal of a properly installed gutter system is to properly channel the rainwater and move it away from your home. Without a downspout drain, the water from the gutters will pour down into the ground and soak the soils around your foundation.

Foundation Repair

Shifting Soils

As the water pours into the ground around your foundation, it can pool up and saturate the soils. The saturated soils then expand with the excess moisture, which causes them to become displaced from their original position.

The moisture buildup in the soils causes them to shift, which can eventually lead to foundation settlement. As the soils shift in the ground, they become unsupportive to the weight of your home and can cause your foundation to sink into the ground.

As a result, the settlement can lead to extensive foundation damage that can be a big and expensive problem in the future.

Symptoms of Foundation Damage

Water is one of the most destructive elements to a home’s foundation. Excess water in the ground can lead to extensive foundation damage and lower the value of your home. A lot of this water destruction can be avoided by simply installing downspout drainage!

Foundation damage can show in multiple different forms, and it’s important for homeowners to know what to look out for.

Interior and Exterior Cracks

As your foundation settles into the ground, it puts a lot of pressure on the structure of your home. The further the settlement, the more pressure on your home. As a result, the interior and exterior walls of your home can crack.

Sticking Doors and Windows

The pressure put on your home from foundation settlement can create an uneven balance of weight. As a result, the doors and windows inside your home may start to “stick” from the pressure put on them from your settling foundation.

Bowing Walls

When the soils in the ground shift and put pressure on your foundation, it can cause your basement walls to bow or buckle inward.

Tilting Chimney

A settling foundation can even cause your chimney to tilt away from your home. When your foundation settles, the chimney can become detached from your home and tilt outward.

The symptoms listed above can turn into very large issues to fix. Many of these are caused by oversaturation of water in the ground, which causes the soils to shift and your foundation to settle. To avoid these major symptoms of foundation damage, protect your foundation from water damage by installing proper downspout drainage.

Why Choose L.R.E. Ground Services for Downspout Drainage

When it comes to protecting your foundation, rely on the experts at L.R.E. Ground Services, Inc. We have proudly served customers throughout Florida since 1989 for foundation repair needs. 

Our highly trained and professional staff will answer all of your questions and provide you with education so you know how to protect your home against future damage.

Contact us today for your free inspection for downspout drain installation!