Be Aware of the Side-Effects of a Poor Drainage System

By Abry Bros

drainage-downspout-problemsIn a recent study, it was determined that 85% of home repair expenses in the United States came from water damage, particularly big cities such as Dallas and Houston, Texas. Misguided landscape irrigation, poor drainage and uncontrollable runoff is mainly the reason for such water damages. Foundations and structures are at greater danger of being damage, thus needing foundation repair work on your home; water damage can also threaten the sidewalk and driveway of a property. Luckily there is a solution and much of these damages caused by uncontrolled water can be remedies by minor fixes. The following are some of the causes of uncontrolled water:

  • Damage to concrete and asphalt
  • Damage to foundation and structure
  • Deterioration of building materials
  • Erosion
  • Insects, spiders, reptiles and rodents
  • Mold growing
  • Wood rot

Downspouts and Gutters

stormwater-drainage-issuesThe solutions will be to push the rain to go towards the gutters, and into the grounds, which keeps the rain away from your home’s foundation. It is a simple preventive measure that is at times overlooked by property owners, in both the residential and commercial sector. Therefore it is important to always inspect the gutter and downspout system that throws the runoff close to the foundation. By not doing so, problems such as uneven swelling of expansive soils can occur, which in turn will cause cracking and shifting of your property’s foundation, driveways, parking lot, or driveway.

It is important to also be aware of clogs, damages, improper sloping, or even poor installation, which can result in the water going back over and cascading on top of the gutters. It is imperative to not allow the water in the building to rise over 19%, because it may lead to rotting of the materials in the building, as well grow mold and suffer from insect infestations.

What can send water down your home and into your walls and attic is when you have clogged gutters, or even when they have an improper slope into the attic or inside walls. If you begin to notice water flowing through gutters you must inspect for water stains in front of the gutters. What can lead to cracks on the foundation is when downspouts are gone, or leaking. Downspouts and extensions must be inspected for any signs of damages, as they must always be properly maintained. Keep in mind that the goal is to push downspouts away from the foundation. You may use splash blocks; drain systems and extensions to maintain it.


When a property is built over an area with expansive soils, the foundation is meant to float on the area’s soil as it contracts and expands. The way that the foundation will move is like a single unit on the swelling and receding soil, such as boat will do atop the waves in an ocean. It is important to always keep the same amount of soil around the structure, the rising and falling of the. When the moisture is uneven, it may cause sections of the concrete in the foundation to move up and down separately on its own, and not as a single unit. If not properly fixed, it can cause damage and cracks to the foundation, which will require immediate foundation repair. Cracks may begin to become noticeable on the walls and ceilings, and other signs will include stuck doors and windows. Uneven moisture under the foundation will be the leading cause of those issues. It is imperative that all four sides of the home are protected, because if the water gets through the foundation from either side, it will lead the extensive damages to your foundation.

Driveways, Parking Lots and Sidewalks

When soil begins to grow in all  directions as it captures water it is because the soil is swelling. As the water in the ground begins to disappear, the property will begin to rise and fall in conjunction with the water cycle, including the driveway, foundation, parking lot, and sidewalk; most damages to those areas are due to the poor preparation of the bed beneath. By applying a layer of crushed rock or gravel, and properly compacted, will issue proper support to eliminate any movement of the soil.


drainageProperly grading will help fix the problem; thus quickly draining away water from the foundation. In order to prevent wood rot and infestation of ants, crickets or termites, it is important to keep the soil level at about 6 inches under all the wooden parts, such as boards, frames, and sidings near the home.

Sloping the dirt away from all the corners of the foundation should be at about 6 inches out of 10 feet. You may also use a drainage system, in order to drain the water away from the foundation. You may use concrete leveling when you see that the concrete has settled sloping towards the foundation in order to repair it.

In order to direct water under driveways, sidewalks and parking lots, you may do so by grading at the foundation. Also for runoff and irrigation water can be directed from asphalt and concrete, by forming contours. You may also use underground drainage systems, when contouring is not an option, so it can carry drainage to a safer area.

If you begin to notice problems in your drainage or need foundation repair, you may contact Abry Brothers Foundation, as they offer a wide range of beneficial and affordable services to homeowners, or find them at


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