Problems With Drainage Systems

Problems With Drainage Systems

Here are some common problems people have with their drainage systems.

A functional drainage system is vital to the function of any home. Keeping excess water away from your house minimizes the risk of mold, mildew, and roof leakage. But, problems can come up, and it will be important to address them early on before they grow into larger, less manageable concerns. Here are some common problems people have with their drainage systems.

Gutters are Overflowing

Overflowing gutters can be caused by many things. The most common reasons have to do with some sort of blockage. It’s often leaves that have fallen off trees, which can be handled by simply clearing the blockage. However, sometimes it’s because your gutters are too small or they aren’t installed properly. These issues require professional attention before your drainage system ends up causing damage elsewhere.

Your Basement Has Water Stains

Water stains are usually a product of surface water that comes from overflowing gutters. If your stain goes beyond the outline of your basement, you could have a fluctuating water table. If this is the case, your best bet is to get an interior drain system installed, as well as a sump pump. Asking a professional for help is often the best solution.

Ponding Water

It’s not uncommon for water to gather when it rains, especially during heavy downpours, but the water shouldn’t stick around for too long. If you have ponding water, it’s because you don’t have a reliable drainage system. Getting professional help installing a new drainage system can remedy this problem. You could go with anything from dry wells to sump pumps to French drains.

Downspout Problems

Gutter extensions can be added to your home. This will help keep water from falling too closely to your home. Also, you’ll want to adjust your downspouts so that water can move to the ideal areas of your yard. This keeps water from piling up in the wrong places and causing damage.

You Have Cracks in Your Foundation

If you have cracks in your foundation, water can seep into your roof and cause serious damage. This type of problem is best handled by professionals who have experience working on these types of projects. You don’t want to wait too long because cracks that don’t get addressed early on will start to widen. This will only further the damage to your house and increase the costs of repairs.

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