Drainage problems can ruin your landscaping and turn an otherwise beautiful backyard into a literal swamp. It not only damages home foundations and creates mold and mildew issues; it also creates water issues and moisture problems that can spread throughout your entire property. The key to successful drainage maintenance is prevention. Here are five common mistakes homeowners make that contribute to unwanted drainage problems.
When installing a drainage system or improving existing ones, don’t fail to account for your home’s property line’s location. Homeowners assume that any slope or S-curve in their property’s drainage system is fine as long as there isn’t any runoff into the basement. This assumption is problematic and requires maintenance contracts to correct.
Unfortunately, most drainage problems are worsened by grading because they often occur at the side ditches. Side ditches are where rainwater from a downhill direction seeps into the soil below. These drainages can become blocked with accumulated debris and tree roots over time. To address these problems, homeowners should place channel drains and footers in the sides of the ditches in addition to installing proper footers and foundation drains.
Another common mistake with drainage problems is failing to install the proper slope, to begin with. Most drainage systems are built to create a gradient. This means that if a slope isn’t installed properly, your project will become non-effective and produce worse results than it did before. To maximize water runoff and prevent flooding, you need to create a proper slope so that runoffs are directed away from your house and into the soil.
Poor soil moisture management also contributes to drainage problems. Sediment, which can come from several sources, makes its way into ditches. If the soil remains moist for too long, it can be hard for tree roots to percolate to the base. As tree roots grow, they produce what is known as rot which worsens drainage problems. Roots also make their way into ditches and cause them to be soft, which increases the amount of weight necessary to drive them downstream.
To correct drainage problems and create a more effective drainage solution, you must choose experienced drainage system services in your area. Plumber Van Nuys has a team of plumbers with experience and know-how to properly install French drains and other excavation systems. A team that has completed projects in your area will know exactly what to look for and avoid making the same mistakes. They will also be familiar with the specifications required for your property and will be able to customize a French drain installation to meet your specific needs.
As ice builds up on your roof, excess water may build up along the eaves or in gutter outlets. Although gutters are designed to collect rainwater runoff, they can be completely clogged without proper drainage and lead to ice buildup problems. Clogged gutters can prevent water from reaching your foundation and, in the worst case, can lead to leaks and major structural damage to your home.
Poorly maintained roads that are often used by vehicles to enter and leave your property face unique challenges. Highway and street maintenance includes regular roadside maintenance and snow removal. It can also include the repaving of sidewalks, parking lots, roads, public places, and other areas that your vehicle may use to get from one place to another. While gravel drives are a popular maintenance method used for roads, grass verges drainage problems can also occur on these roads. Since gravel drives and grass verges are often connected to public utilities, such as water or sewer lines, they present unique risks to your property.