The tried and tested ways to find drainage issues
Drainage issues when detected earlier are easier to fix and could save you from hefty investment, which could be the case in late detection. One does not need to be a geophysicist or a drainage professional in order to detect such related issues in the lawns, or the basement of the house. A little bit of know-how and some research could make things quite easier for you. It is true that most of the drainage problems are not so obvious and one need to make some efforts in order to identify the root cause of any drainage problem and taking corrective measures.
What signs to look for in order to detect drainage issues?
The following signs would surely help you big time in finding the issues related with the drainage at your home:
- Overflowing gutters – If you see the gutters in your house overflowing then that is the most clear sign of the drainage malfunctioning. Most of the times, it is the debris and/ or the dry leaves from your lawn that clog the gutter’s flow. You could clear the flow yourself or could hire a professional to do that job cheaply for you. Late addressing of this problem could lead to structural damage or ruin the paint job of your house.
- Water Stains – Water stains could be caused due to 2 possible reasons. The first one is due to the surface water which is quite easy to manage on your own. The other one is a severe issue which much bigger headache where the issue arises due to the water flowing underground. For, the second issue, you will need to hire a professional.
- Cracks in the Foundation – Small cracks are often seen in the foundation of the houses over a period of time. The minor cracks are no big issue but the bigger cracks needs to be dealt with priority as they would worsen even further with time, if not fixed. You need to permanently watch the cracks and they should be fixed once their width is more than 1/8 inch. The widening cracks indicates considerable drainage issues in the foundation and must never be neglected at all for the betterment of your property.
- Downspouts – Rainfall of an inch could lead to a runoff of well over 500 gallons in a 1000 sq. feet area. This much water dumped in close approximation of the foundation could penetrate into the basement and may ruin the flooring, furnishing and several other items of your house. Adding some gutter extensions in your house could solve this problem permanently.
- Flaking on Walls – Once you see any spots of gray or white crust on the walls of your basement, then this is sign of drainage issues as the mineral deposits are known to be left behind by the water that evaporates from there. This require some professional attention and a timely fix is warranted here for no further deterioration of the basement walls of your house.
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