When most people think of the biggest hazards to their home, they immediately think of fires, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. In fact, the soil underneath homes is the leading cause of structural damage in the United States.
How can that be right?
Foundation damage occurs as a result of nature’s uncontrollable effect on concrete slabs and joints. Both gravity and thermal (changes in temperature) expansion and contraction cause streets to literally move or slide toward surrounding homes. This movement causes pressure and cracking to the foundation of the homes it affects. Water will cause the soil expand around the foundation, which is why it is so important that your home has proper drainage.
Directing water away from your home is paramount. You do not want to allow water to pool around your foundation, which can happen quickly in a major storm. Remove any leaves or debris from your gutters to ensure that water will drain properly and not flow over the edge and pool around your house.
Your downspouts should adequately direct water away from your house. If your downspout is too short or is directed towards a divot in your yard, your downspout can cause water to pool near your foundation. During a rain go outside to ensure that the water coming from the downspout is flowing away from your home.
We have talked before on this blog about how to test your sump pump and how to maintain it. Now is the time to put that to practice. During a storm is not when you want to find out that your sump pump isn’t working. Test it now and beat the rush if you do need it repaired.
If your downspouts or sump pump discharge pipe is not set far enough from your home, water can pool around your foundation resulting in seepage and structural problems.
Our Underground Downspout and Sump Pump Discharge Extensions transport water away from your foundation into a Bubbler Pot. After pressure builds in the Bubbler Pot, the lid opens and distributes water evenly across your yard. Not only does this provide superior water drainage, but it eliminates any tripping hazards from long downspouts.
If you are noticing water in your basement, or large cracks in your foundation, it’s time to call the experts at Epp Foundation Repair to set up a free estimate.