When it comes to protecting your foundation and your home, you want to be sure there is proper drainage to keep them both from being damaged. Here’s what you need to know about foundation drainage.
Why is foundation drainage important?
Water damage is the leading cause of foundation damage. When your foundation is damaged, the safety of it and your home is at risk. Without proper foundation drainage, water will penetrate the concrete foundation making it weak. A foundation weakened by water will not be able to support the weight of your home or keep your crawl space or basement safe from water and insect damage. A damaged foundation and the additional problems it can cause are costly to fix. This is why it’s important to make sure your foundation is equipped with proper drainage.
What is foundation drainage?
Foundation drainage, most simply put, is a system (or multiple systems) that will help to keep water away from your foundation. Instead of water from rainfall or flooding draining around the foundation of your home, proper drainage will carry it away, keeping your foundation as dry as possible. If you live in an area prone to a lot of rain or storms, you’ll want enough drainage to handle removing all the water as quickly as possible. A foundation will become moist now and then, but you can protect it from getting soaked on a regular basis to keep it from getting damaged and requiring expensive repairs.
What types of foundation drainage options are there?
There are a number of drainage systems that can be installed to protect your foundation. Depending on your needs, you will require specific systems. Here’s a look:
A perimeter drain is something that all homes have. It is constructed when the house is. Soil around the home is removed and then added back in, but loosely so that water can run more easily through it. It is designed to prevent water from seeping into the basement.
A French drain is a perforated pipe that is installed in a flat yard to drain away standing water. Footing drainage is pipe that is installed along the perimeter of the foundation. It collects and drains away water that would have otherwise leaked through the footing and into the basement, making it a highly effective option.
A gutter drainage system is important for removing rain from the roof of your home. It’s important that the downspout directs the water away from your home’s foundation. You can get extenders that will drain the water farther away if it’s draining too close. Grading drainage requires a bit more work, but is also effective in helping to carry water away from your home. A contractor will need to assess the gradient needed to make this happen.
Foundation drainage is just as important as your home’s foundation itself. Without proper drainage, your foundation is at serious risk of damage, which also means your home’s safety is at risk. Take the proper steps to make sure your foundation drainage is doing its best job possible.