Know What Causes Drainage Problems
Proper water drainage is imperative for protecting your home and your foundation from water damage. Water is the main culprit behind most home damage, so it’s important to know how to drain it properly.
Knowing the cause behind drainage problems can help you pinpoint the source and know when to call in a professional. LRE Foundation Repair can help you avoid drainage problems by implementing proper water management solutions.
Signs of Drainage Problems
There are many different signs of drainage problems that could be happening in your yard. As a homeowner, it’s important for you to be able to recognize these signs in order to try and stop the problem from getting worse.
Proper drainage in your yard can help avoid flooding, as well as protect your foundation from water damage. Keeping an eye out for these signs may save you a lot of time, money, and headaches in the long run:
- Overflowing gutters: If your gutters are clogged or overflowing, it can cause more damage than you may realize. The purpose of a gutter system is to properly manage rainwater and channel the water away from your home and your foundation. If your gutters are overflowing, it causes all that rainwater to pour directly onto your yard. As a result, your yard could flood and not be properly drained because of the influx of water from your gutters.
- Faulty downspouts: Downspouts are an important extension of your gutter system as they properly channel the water from your gutters far away from your home and your foundation. If your downspouts aren’t working properly, it can cause all of that rainwater to pour into your yard. Without the proper drainage system in place, all that water can flood your yard.
- Improper grading: If your yard isn’t properly graded, it can lead to drainage problems and cause your yard to eventually flood. Improper grading is a very common problem for drainage issues and can take a toll on your yard.
- Excess soil moisture: If there is excess moisture in your soils, this can also cause improper drainage as the extra water has no place else to go. This can result in a flooded yard and a headache for the homeowner.
Any of these issues above can result in drainage problems for your yard.
Impacts of Drainage Problems
Drainage problems can lead to more than just excess water in your yard. Problems with drainage can cause excessive flooding, which can result in a number of problems for you as a homeowner.
Aside from flooding, improper drainage can also lead to:
- Oversaturation of the soils in the ground: As the soils become oversaturated with water, they can expand and put a lot of pressure on your foundation. This pressure can eventually cause your foundation to crack or your basement walls to bow or buckle.
- Bug and pest infestation: The excess water in your yard can lead to an increase in bugs and pests as they love to live in damp places.
- Mold and allergens: If the excess water is not taken care of, it can eventually cause mold to grow in your yard and lead to allergen or health-related issues for you and your family.
- Damage to landscape: Improper drainage can cause parts of your yard to flood and result in damaged landscaping.
At LRE Foundation Repair, we offer the following drainage systems to help protect your yard and your home from excess water damage.
French Drain: A French drain is a large perforated pipe that collects water and disperses it far away from your yard.
We use the EZ-Flow French Drain as it typically outperforms more traditional drains that are built with gravel.
Downspout Drainage: Installing a proper downspout can help prevent your yard from flooding. As your gutters do their job to collect your roof water, they need to connect to a downspout so that the water is properly drained from your yard.
We install the RainChute, RainChute EZ, and LawnSpace Outlet for proper drainage and to help prevent the roof water from flooding your yard.
Trench Drain/Channel Drain: A trench drain is a surface drainage solution that prevents water from collecting at slopes in your driveway, doorways, or stairways. It collects water and properly channels it away from your home.
Catch Basin: A catch basin can be placed in the ground to help eliminate standing water and move the water through to an underground drainage system to improve yard drainage.
Percolation Trench: This type of trench is an excavated trench that is filled with gravel or stone and helps channel storm water runoff far away from your yard to prevent flooding.
Proper Drainage Installation from LRE Foundation Repair
LRE Foundation Repair can install a proper yard drainage system to prevent your yard from flooding and to protect your foundation from damage. Many Florida residents have benefited from our services since 1989, and we’re ready to help you.