As you look around your house, do you know where the runoff from your house and the surrounding area goes? It is super important to take note of how water from rain and melting snow will drain around and away from your house in order to ensure it does not end up in your basement.
Wet basements are a common problem, but in some cases they can be avoided with a few minor adjustments to the slope and drainage around your house. The experts at Best Plumbing and Drainage Contractors have a few tips to help you assess and identify if you have any potential drainage concerns.Downspouts
The roof of your house creates a considerable amount of runoff during a rain storm and in the spring when the snow is melting. Most roofs have eaves troughs which collect and direct the water. The water is directed to downspouts which are intended to funnel the water away from your house. The outlet end of these downspouts can be a real problem if not addressed properly. The downspouts should have an extension at the lower end to direct the water away from the house. At the end of the extension it is helpful to have a splash block so that the water doesn’t erode the ground at the outlet. If the downspout does not have an extension and a splash block water can collect at the foundation and eventually leak through the foundation wall resulting in a wet basement. It is important to check your downspouts regularly as the extensions can become detached.
How your lawns and gardens are graded and what they are made of can also affect the drainage around your house. It is also important to ensure that the grass and gardens around your house are sloped away from your house. If they are not water can collect and pool against your house and will eventually find its way into your basement.
When evaluating your lawns and gardens, consider what materials they are made of. Hard clays and highly compacted soils will not drain as well and may cause lawn drainage issues that can lead to wet basements. If your lawns and gardens have high clay contents, consider adding compost to your laws and gardens. Aeration may also help.
Whether they are sidewalks, stairs, patios or driveways, we all have paved areas at various locations around our homes. Since these surfaces are impermeable, it is vital to ensure that they are sloped away from your house or the joint between the pavement and the foundation is well waterproofed and the water is allowed to drain away from the house in some way. Joints between pavements and foundations can often open up over time and they should be repaired as soon as possible. Water that collects in this space may eventually cause damage to the foundation leading to leaky walls and wet basements.