Just about every problem has signs or symptoms. If you go to start your car and you only hear a “click”, you probably have a dead battery. You can even look a little closer and you may find smaller clues that point to what caused the larger problem. If your headlights were left on overnight, that would have killed the battery and put you in your current predicament. The same is true for your Ponchatoula home. If you have recently discovered that you have foundation damage, the root cause could be a drainage issue. But what are some of those signs that can signal that you have drainage problems? We’re glad you asked. Below are 5 signs that your home has drainage problems. Recognizing and identifying these issues before they impact other areas of your home from your roof to your foundation can save you a lot of time and money. If you notice any of these it may be time to also take a closer look at your foundation.
- Keep an eye on your landscaping: An easy to spot sign of soil not draining properly is that precipitation will flow away in sheets, carrying mulch and other elements of your landscaping along with it. This can be remedied fairly easily by manipulating the ground around your landscaping. Building a swale (small, shallow ditch) or berm (mound) can redirect rain away from your foundation and channel it without allowing your mulch to tag along.
- Check for cracks in your foundation: This can be an obvious sign of foundation damage. But repairing the cracks without addressing the cause can be a waste of time and money. Pay special attention to cracks that are larger than 1/8 of an inch. If you notice these areas growing, you may have a significant problem. Growing cracks indicate foundation distress and likely an underlying drainage problem.
- Uncontrolled downspouts: The amount of rain that your roof and gutters collects has to go somewhere, and if your downspouts don’t channel it away from your home then it will go straight into the soil adjacent to your foundation. This can cause massive problems as it will both wash away soil that is supporting the concrete and also saturate the expansive, clay-laden soils that our homes in south Louisiana are built upon. Adding extensions to channel precipitation away is an easy solution to this problem.
- Take a look in your attic: While investing drainage problems in the attic may seem backwards, the clues you find there can give you a great deal of insight to what is happening on the ground. If you have a home with a crawl space, moisture could be building up from poor drainage. This moisture will rise to the top of the home and condense on the underside of the roof. This condensation can create mold and mildew. What better vantage point than the attic? Checking out your attic can not only alert you to potential foundation problems, but can also prevent you from having to replace your roof as well.
- Overflowing gutters: With all of our beautiful oak trees and other foliage around our homes, it doesn’t take long for leaves, sticks and other debris to fill your gutters. As water flows off of your roof and falls from the sky, it will have no place to go other than over the sides of the gutters. Just like the above mentioned problems with downspouts, the water will fall and collect along your foundation problems. Taking a seasonal look at your gutters, or more often if your notice other problems, can drastically improve your homes drainage, preventing potential foundation problems.
While these are only few signs of possible drainage problems, recognizing these and other signs of foundation damage can save you a lot of time and money. When choosing a foundation repair company it is important to select a local, trusted and experienced company that understands our unique soil conditions and that offers a proven, effective method of repair. For over 30 years WCK Foundation Repair has repaired and restored foundations for homes across Tangipahoa Parish and south Louisiana. Click here for more information about foundation repair.