How to Drain Water from the Side of Your Home

Drainage is an integral part of routine home maintenance. The moment water starts to settle into your property, then your foundation is in trouble. This is because as the water drains into the soil below, it completely saturates it. The soil then becomes weak and is no longer strong enough to support your foundation. 

Additionally, this water may also sip into foundation walls leading to water damage and cracks on basement walls. All these things are expensive to fix and that is why diverting water from foundation is very crucial. 

Here are some ideas to start with:

Grade the Area 

Grading is supposed to make the soil around the foundation efficient enough in moving water. Now, since we are talking about soil here, you may want to be very careful on how you go about this. 

This is because when you grade a steep sleep away for the foundation, there is a risk that the water will drain fast, causing erosion in the process. Additionally, if the gradient is small, it means that water does not move fast enough, something that increases the risk of soil saturation. 

So, it’s all about getting that sweet spot. Experts recommended a 2 percent gradient or a 2-foot rise over a distance of 100 meters.

Do Proper Guttering 

The main source of the water accumulating around the foundation is of course rain. It simply collects on the roof and since it has nowhere else to go, it slips down the roof's slope and accumulates on your property. 

However, installing high-quality gutters and downspouts can prevent this completely. Gutters are crucial elements of house drainage and they help a lot to redirect water away from the foundation.

Install Trench Drains and Swales 

If you are looking for a more effective drainage system for your foundation, then adding trench drains and swales is highly recommended. This will play a crucial role in drainage around house foundation. 

However, installing these systems is not something you can do on your own. In case you believe that your home has not been draining water the way it should, talk to your contractor about the possibility of installing swales. 

Now, not all homes can accommodate these drainage systems. The contractor will inspect the area and recommend the most appropriate measures of moving that water away from the foundation.

Get Foundation Drain Tiles

In most cities today, new building codes demand that foundation drain tiles are installed into the house. And it’s not hard to see why this makes sense for people that want improved drainage around the house foundation. 

Drain tiles consist of perforated tubes that are located around the foundation. The tubes are designed to redirect any water that accumulates around the foundation and dump it into a buried bucket that holds the sump pump. 

As the water fills the bucket, it will reach a certain level where it will trigger the pump to kick into action. The pump then pumps out the water to the yard where it will be redirected accordingly. 

This is probably one of the most effective ways to deal with water accumulation around the foundation. Although it will initially cost a little to get the tiles installed, you will have the best way to drain water away from house.

Extra Tips

In addition to the steps above, there are also a few other tips that you may want to keep in mind. 

  • Make sure your home gets routine drainage inspections from an expert. These pros can easily tell if something is wrong and help you fix it as soon as possible. 

  • Don’t wait until your drainage has completely failed for you to act. Even if you spot small puddles of water accumulating anywhere on your compound, inspect further to see if it could be an indication of a bigger drainage problem on your property.

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