Water damage is just one of the reasons homeowners experience foundation issues. Water accumulation can cause settlement or expansion in soil, which in turn can affect your foundation. That’s why drainage correction is such an important part of foundation repair.
All homes should be properly graded. While different areas may have different building codes, generally, a residential lot should slope away from the home itself. Poor drainage or improper grading needs to be corrected in order to prevent structural damage of the home. If your home is not properly graded, a foundation repair specialist may install a surface drainage system.
Typically, a surface drainage system consists of area drains and flexible PVC piping that safely directs water away from your home’s foundation. Often, gravity is enough to aid a surface drainage system in channeling water away from the home. In cases where a lot is not adequately graded, though, a pump may be installed to assist with drainage.
Many homes encounter drainage issues below the surface. This is where French drainage systems come in. These systems consist of weeping tile (a porous piping), gravel, and other materials. A weeping tile is simply a perforated pipe buried about four feet below the ground in a trench. Permeable wrapping may be used to surround the pipe, and the entire system is nested in gravel. This encourages groundwater to seep away from the home’s foundation in manageable quantities.
A lack of proper drainage can allow moisture to accumulate around the perimeter of your home, causing soil to expand and jeopardizing your foundation. To have drainage systems installed in your home or to inquire about drainage correction, contact Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. at (972) 484-1200. We can analyze your home’s current drainage situation and make adjustments as necessary. Visit us online for additional information on our drainage techniques.