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Common side-effects of a poor drainage system

Erroneous landscape irrigation, poor drainage and overwhelming runoff are main symptoms of water damages. Structures and foundations are at greater risk of being damaged, therefore needing foundation maintenance to your home; water damage can also damage the sidewalk and driveway of a property. Fortunately there is a solution and much of these damages caused by uncontrolled water can be remedies by slight adjustments. The following are some of the causes of uncontrolled water:

  • Damage to concrete and asphalt
  • Damage to foundation and structure
  • Deterioration of building materials
  • Erosion
  • Insects, spiders, reptiles and rodents
  • Development of mould
  • Rotting wood
  • Downspouts and Gutters
    The solutions will be to push the rain to go towards the gutters, and into the grounds, which keeps the rain away from your home’s foundation. It is important to always inspect the gutter and downspout system that throws the runoff close to the foundation. By not doing so, problems such as an uneven enlargement of soils can occur, which in turn will cause cracking and shifting of your property’s foundation, driveways, parking lot, or driveway.

    Foundation
    When a property is built over an area with expansive soils, the foundation is meant to float on the area’s soil as it contracts and expands. The way that the foundation will move is like a single unit on the swelling and receding soil. When the moisture is uneven, it may cause sections of the foundation to move up and down separately, and not as a single unit. If not properly addressed, it can cause damage and cracks to the foundation, which will require immediate foundation repair. Cracks may begin to become visible on the walls and ceilings, and other signs will include stuck doors and windows. Irregular moisture under the foundation will be the leading cause of those issues. It is imperative that all four sides of the property are protected, because if the water seeps through the foundation from either side, it will lead the severe damage to your foundation.

    Driveways, Parking Lots and Sidewalks
    When soil begins to develop in all directions as it captures water it is because the soil is swelling. As the water in the ground begins to disappear, the property will begin to rise and fall in combination with the water cycle, including the driveway, foundation, parking lot, and sidewalk; most damages to those areas are due to the poor groundwork of the foundation beneath. By applying a layer of crushed rock or gravel, will offer appropriate support to eliminate any movement of the soil.

    Drainage
    In order to prevent wood rot and infestation of ants, crickets or termites, it is important to keep the soil level at about 15cm under all the wooden parts, such as boards, frames, and sidings near the home.

    Sloping the dirt away from all the corners of the foundation should be at about 15cm out of 3m. You may also use a drainage system, in order to drain the water away from the foundation. You may use concrete levelling when you see that the concrete has settled sloping towards the foundation in order to repair it.

    In order to direct water under driveways, sidewalks and parking lots, you may do so by grading at the foundation. Also for runoff and irrigation water can be directed from asphalt and concrete, by creating contours. You may also use underground drainage systems, when contouring is not an option, so it can carry drainage to a safer area.

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