November 6, 2015
Fall swooped in on us in and before we know it winter will be here! Drainage problems can be prevalent during the winter months with snow accumulating and melting at rapid rates. While some drainage problems can be spotted immediately, others aren’t as easy to detect. Make sure you are proactive about fixing potential problems so you don’t have any unexpected drainage issues this winter.
1.) Overflowing Gutters. This is one of the most common drainage problems. With so many leaves falling during the autumn months, they will naturally build up and reside in your gutters. If leaves are not cleared out, the debris can block the gutter and impede flow. Inspect your gutters and siding for any splatters or streaks as this can be a sign that there are leaves cluttering the gutters. Besides unwanted water gushing, leaf accumulation and gutter blockage can also cause rot to your property’s siding, cause weathering of paint, and can be the source of even more serious structural damage over time. Luckily, keeping an eye on your gutters and regularly cleaning them is an easy and inexpensive way to avoid potential problems. Whether you choose to clear out your gutters yourself (be careful on that ladder!) or you decide to hire a professional like My Landscaper the effort will be well worth it in the end!
2.) Wet areas and standing water. Wet areas, standing water, and water stains are other obvious signs of poor drainage. Where the standing water is located often indicates the cause of the problem - whether it is caused by surface water or water that is moving underground. If there are stains on foundation walls, this is a sign of an overflowing gutter and can be addressed by simply clearing them out. However, if you see a wet area that lines the basement, this can be the sign of a bigger problem that should be addressed immediately.
3.) Cracks in the foundation. Cracks are natural and occur over time through the Earth’s movement and a natural wear. Small cracks are generally harmless, but if you see large cracks over 1/8 inch, you should have a professional take a look. One way to help determine if the crack is growing is to measure it over time. Some cracks require only a simple patch-up repair with caulking or hydraulic cement while other are more complex. If the crack continues to grow, it is a sign of a drainage problem ruining the foundation and it is time to call for repairs.
4.) Puddles. Puddles naturally occur after storms and inclement weather. However, large puddles generally go away after a day, especially if the rain has ceased. Persistant puddles can create bigger issues. Puddles on your lawn can kill plants, cause rot, and make for an uneven and soggy yard. It can also make your foundation waver and create mildew. In some cases, this may just indicate the need to build better garden beds and hire landscaping maintenance services. However, it is best to keep an eye on puddles to make sure it is not a persistent issue.
My Landscaper offers a wide variety of drainage improvement services and can come out to help diagnose problems and offer solutions. Call us today at 720- 882-5772.