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How Proper Drainage Can Protect Your Home

Irrigation Outlet

Damage caused by poor water drainage is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Improper drainage can cause water to collect around your home, seep through the ground and into your home’s foundation causing severe structural problems.

Water also fuels the growth of molds, which can be harmful to your health, triggers erosion, wood rot, insects and rodent infestation in your home.

The Importance of Proper Drainage

A good drainage system allows the free flow of water away from structures and prevents accumulation on the surface that can lead to an unhealthy landscape and provide a breeding ground for mosquitos. Poor drainage can cause many problems with your home that can cost thousands of dollars to repair.

Signs You Have a Drainage Problem

Identifying water drainage issues while they’re small will prevent further damage and make them easier to fix. This can save you thousands of dollars.

  • Gushing/Overflowing Gutters
  • Stains in the Basement
  • Mildew or Mold in the crawl space
  • Outdoor puddles
  • racks in the Foundation
  • Deposits and Flaking On the Walls
  • Migrating Mulch
  • Soil/Run Off

Tips for Fixing the Common Water Drainage Issues

Most drainage problems result from an inadequate slope or pitch in your yard that helps divert the water runoff away from your home. Piping gutter downspouts away from your home reduces the amount of water the area around you home has to handle. In some cases downspouts can be piped to the street or directly into a storm sewer. However, many municipalities are requiring homeowners to keep the first inch of rainfall on their property. This can be accomplished by installing dry well using the NDS Flo-well product. Downspouts can be piped into a Flo-well where the water will be temporarily stored until it seeps into the ground.

French drains allow water to run through a series of perforated pipes installed in a gravel filled trench. As the water seeps through the gravel, it is collected in the pipes and directed away from your house.

As a homeowner, you ought to prevent, identify and fix your water drainage issues before they cost you a fortune. At Irrigation Outlet, we supply you with all the drainage solutions you might need to protect your home. These include corrugated pipes & fittings, channel drains, and catch basins. We offer free shipping on most orders above $149. If you have any questions, call our experts at (803) 461-0561.