Drainage problems are only a hassle when the damage has already been done, so it’s crucial to know how to spot a subtle sign that something is wrong. Knowing how to identify the problem early saves you a lot of time and money, as drainage problems can get expensive with all the damage they cause. Here are a few signs that you may have a drainage problem, and what to do in that situation.
If your gutters are overflowing, there is likely leaves or debris blocking the flow of water that needs to be removed. You can tell that you have a problem if you notice vertical streaks of dirt on the outside of the gutters, mud on your siding, or paint peeling off the house in vertical strips. If you notice any of these signs, take action to fix the problem right away, as overflowing gutters can lead to structural damage. If it is leaves and debris clogging the downspout, call a professional to complete the job.
Basement Water Stains
Be on the lookout for water stains in your basement, as it could signal a potential drainage problem depending on where it shows up. You should be able to tell if the stain is caused by surface water or underground water. If the stains are high on the foundation wall, the water is likely coming from an overflowing gutter, which as we just mentioned is usually an easy fix. It could also be because the soil around your foundation doesn’t slope enough, and the surface runoff has backed up against your home.
While many foundation cracks are a result of the home settling over time, you want to keep an eye out for the bigger cracks. If you notice a crack larger than 1/8th-inch wide, measure it and check back to see if it grows. If it gets bigger, you may have a drainage problem that requires maintenance by a structural engineer.
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