Water that isn’t properly drained away from your home and yard can result in high repair costs and potential mold remediation.
What can you do to avoid drainage problems?
Check gutters. Rain gutters are designed to route rain into drain spouts that carry water away from your foundation and home. A gutter blocked with leaves and dirt will keep water from draining properly. Preventive maintenance like adding gutter guards, and keeping gutters clear of debris can help prevent damage to the siding, landscaping and structure of your home. Divert gutters from draining too close to the foundation by adding above ground or buried extensions.
Look for yard erosion. Puddles, gullies and pools caused by rain are exacerbated by yards with poor sloping, eroding topsoil, missing downspouts and breaks in underground drains.
Look for basement puddles. A yard that slopes toward the house, clogged gutters, cracks in the foundation, and inadequate landscape drainage can lead to leaks. If there are stains and mildew near the ceiling, then it’s a drainage issue, but if near the floor, there could be broken drainage pipes under or near the house.