Being your biggest and most valuable investment, you need to protect your home. Although plenty of maintenance needs to be done inside your home, your outdoor property also requires some. Here’s how to keep your home protected from water and drainage issues.
Signs of a Water Drainage Problem
While a large pooling of water in your yard is a sure indicator of a water drainage problem, there are plenty of other telltale signs to look for. They include:
- Overflowing gutters
- Drifting mulch
- Soggy ground
- Efflorescence (flaking walls) and leaks in your basement
- Mildew odours
- Mould formation
- Mosquitos and other pests
- Drowned plants, grass, and flowers
- Foundation damage
Clogged Gutters and Downspouts
Having clogged gutters and downspouts is one of the most straightforward problems to fix for water drainage problems.
When working correctly, your gutter and downspout system collects water runoff from your roof and disposes of it safely far from your home using downspouts. But if the gutters are clogged with leaves, branches, and other debris, water starts to spill over and land near your foundation. Water is more likely to pool around your foundation when downspouts are an improper distance from your home.
Installing a rain barrel to collect water from your downspout is a great solution if you can’t extend your downspout due to its location. Besides keeping water from pooling around your foundation, rain barrels conserve water and lower your water bill.
Water pooling is often a result of having an incorrect yard grade or slope. To help correct this problem, pitch soil away from your home or create an above-ground channel known as a swale. That way, you’re helping prevent water from accumulating near your home’s foundation.
Check out your neighbour’s yard slope, too – if it’s done incorrectly, their water runoff may be flowing into your yard, creating double the water issue for you. Hopefully, you’re amicable with your neighbour and can request that they repair the slope on their property line.
When it’s impossible to create a positive grade, you may need to use an alternate solution such as channel drains, catch basins, drainage pipes, or dry wells. Creating a rain garden where water can slowly percolate into the ground is another way to collect runoff. To do so, use mulch, multiple layers of soil, and plants that tolerate water environments in a location that’s at least 10 feet from your home. Ensure that your yard slopes toward the new rain garden.
While you’re inspecting your property’s slope, don’t forget to check your driveway. It, too, should slope away from your home. Sealing it properly can prevent water from entering cracks and causing problems.
Seeking Professional Expertise for Your Water and Drainage Problem
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