Drainage problems are a big concern around your home. It’s always best that these problems get addressed before they get out of hand. Severe drainage problems can end up costing you thousands down the road. To prevent drainage problems from getting worse, you first have to identify the problem(s). But how would you perform your analysis? Find out how you should analyze your drainage problems before they become too severe.
Look Up At Your Tree Coverage
Pay close attention to trees around your landscape. Do your trees produce a considerable amount of shade? Do they create a lot of debris, such as flowers and leaves? Does this debris get into your gardens or guttering? Trees are the source of a great number of obstructions that can impact your drainage, especially after autumn, when most leaves fall, so keep a close eye on them and consider if they could be the source of your drainage problem.
Pay Attention to Your Gutters and Downspouts
Trees aren’t the only thing in your yard that warrants your attention. You should keep an eye on your gutters and downspouts as well. Are they working properly and are they big enough to handle the water coming off of your roof? If it can’t handle the volume of water, it will spill over the gutter and fall right next to the foundation of your house.
This can also happen if the gutters are damaged by falling debris or ice. Eventually, this water makes its way into your basement, crawlspace or house. Your gutter cover system could also be causing problems. It actually may be having an adverse effect on gutter function. If this is the case, you may need to contact the company that installed them OR a drainage specialist.
Observe your grade carefully. Is it sloping the right way? Are you getting more water than you should be getting? Sometimes, extra water from surrounding areas such as your neighbors’ yards, roadways, or nearby commercial properties makes its way onto your property. This excess water can cause flooding in your house and around your property.
There’s also a chance that the ground around your property has settled significantly or started to erode. If the ground isn’t as sturdy, it could be easier for water to seep into it and run towards your foundation.
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