Most homeowners would guess that puddles or pools of water in their home are undeniable signs of a drainage issue, and they’d be right. That said, not every sign of drainage issue is initially apparent. There are a slew of subtle signs and problems that can develop over time, often left untreated until it’s too late.
The most effective way to save money and time is to identify and treat a drainage issue as soon as it’s detected. CGgreens Landscape Management has provided professional drainage repair and erosion control in the Dallas-Forth Worth area for decades. We know drainage, and we know what to be on the lookout for to spot early signs of a problem. Here are common symptoms of a home drainage issue that you should check routinely:
One of the most evident signs of a drainage issue is the irregular flow of water through gutters positioned around your home. Vertical streaks of dirt on gutters, mud-stained siding, or paint peeling from your home all indicate a severe issue. Leaves or other debris can pile up, slowing the flow of water, which over time can cause serious structural damage to your home.
Downspouts that Dump
Heavy rainfall requires high-functioning gutters to redistribute a high volume of run-off water from the roof to the street or lawn. Dumping water too close to the foundation of your home can damage your furnishings and flooring, prompting expensive repairs. Adding gutter extensions to carry the water farther away from your home is never a bad idea.
Water Stains in the Basement
Surface water or water traveling underground can cause severe stains inside your home. Stains located high on your foundation wall mean that water is coming from an overflowing gutter. If the stain extends in a line around the basement, you may have an issue related to a fluctuating water table.
Cracks in the Foundation
Pay special attention to cracks larger than 1/8-inch wide. Regularly measure and record the width of these cracks, especially if you feel they are growing over time. Growing cracks mean you’ve got potential problems.
Mildew in the Attic
Mildew on the underside the roof often indicates a pressing issue at ground level. Mildew in the attic means that there is likely a source of dampness under the house. Hot air from the dampness rises through the vents, condensing on the cold backside of the roof and causing a build of mildew. Failure to resolve the problem can be a costly mistake. Replacing roof sheathing and shingles is a job that runs $6,000 to $9,000 for a typical house.
For more information or to resolve a drainage issue, contact the professionals at CGreens Landscape Management in Dallas, TX. We are drainage repair and installation experts, and consultations are always free!