Water damage is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Over time, even small amounts of moisture can cause serious structural problems and lead to mold growth, which can pose a health hazard to you and your family. Here is some information about the vital role water drainage plays in protecting your home’s foundation.
What Happens When Your Home Lacks Proper Drainage?
Without proper drainage, water will collect around your home. As it collects, the water will then begin to seep into the ground. Even if your foundation does not have any weak spots through which the water can enter your home, moisture buildup can still pose a serious threat to your foundation. For example, as water collects around your home’s foundation, the area will swell up in relation to adjacent areas. This in turn will actually lift up your home’s foundation, leading to a problem called heaving. Heaving can cause serious damage and is expensive to repair.
How Can You Use Drainage To Protect Your Home’s Foundation?
There are a number of ways to protect your home’s foundation from water damage. Of course, one of the best methods to prevent water damage is simply to ensure that your home’s foundation lies on a slope. A sloped terrain will naturally drain water away from your home. If your home lies on flat surface, however, it is critical to ensure that you have a proper drainage system. Downspouts, for example, can help you keep water away from your home’s foundation. In order to be effective, downspouts must be properly designed and maintained.
Don’t let excess water buildup damage your home’s foundation. Repairs can be expensive and tedious to complete. Fortunately with the proper drainage system you can redirect water away from your home and prevent repair issues from happening in the first place. To learn more about how proper drainage can protect your home’s foundation, call Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. at (972) 484-1200.