Inadequate drainage is a slow, yet serious problem. If your yard is frequently wet, or you notice that you regularly have standing water in a certain area of your property, you may have a drainage problem. You can take simple steps to ensure that you have proper drainage near the foundation of your home.
But this is not always enough. Other factors may cause poor drainage. Water around the foundation can cause erosion and leak into the foundation, causing cracks in the winter. These tips could help you improve drainage on your property and potentially save you thousands.
Simple Solutions for Improving Drainage
There are a few simple upgrades and preventative steps that will drastically improve the drainage on your property. You don’t need to be an expert, and you don’t need any special equipment. A quick trip to the hardware store is all it might take. The primary concern for yard drainage is directing water away from your home and your foundation. The following tips are quick and easy, but won’t solve the problem of inadequate drainage, only treat it:
Proper Gutter Maintenance—clean the gutters. Simple as that. If your gutters are clogged they may overflow and leak water directly next to your foundation. Also be sure to check downspouts and sump pump discharge pipes for clogs. The only tools you need are a ladder and your hands. By simply cleaning your gutters and ensuring there are no clogs, you can improve drainage and prevent serious foundational damage.
Proper Downspout & Discharge Pipe Length—Ensure your downspout and discharge pipe ends at least six feet away from your home. This allows water to flow far enough away from your home to protect your foundation. Gutters and discharge pipes are designed to carry water AWAY from your home. If they drain directly next to the base of the house, they are virtually useless. Water will collect mere inches away from your foundation and will cause serious erosion and foundational damage over time. Take a trip to the hardware store and buy proper downspouts and gutters to ensure the safety of your home. Spend $100 now, save $1,000 later.
If you notice a specific area in your yard is regularly wet, or has standing water, you might have a leaking pipe. Call 811 for information regarding the location of plumbing on your property. Once you have located the leak, you can determine the proper course of action.
The leak is only a true threat if it is near your foundation. If the leak is nearby, but not next to the foundation, it is only a matter of time before the leak grows and reaches the foundation. If the leak is right next to your foundation, you need to fix it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this means calling an excavator and digging up the broken pipe. This is costly, but cheaper than repairing more extensive foundational damage.