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How Can I Improve the Drainage on My Foundation?

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How Can I Improve the Drainage on My Foundation?

How Can I Improve the Drainage on My Foundation?

If you want to improve the drainage on your foundation, you should try a few tips. One of them is to get a visual inspection, grade your property, and add wood chips and bark. Another is to install a French or perimeter drain.

This is for the person who has zero time to find a drainage specialist and fix the problem so it does not happen again at an affordable price.
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Install a French drain

If your home has a basement that is constantly wet, you may want to consider installing a French drain. This drainage system will help to keep the basement dry by diverting surface water away from the foundation.

A French drain is a series of pipes, each with holes, that allow water to enter and then exit. When it is installed properly, the system will reduce the risk of flooding and damage to your basement.

Before you start installing a French drain, you will need to dig a trench. You can do this by hand or hire a backhoe operator. However, digging a trench is very laborious and can damage your property.

Depending on where you live, you might need to consult city codes before you install a French drain. You should also talk to your insurer before deciding to install one.

Add woodchips and bark

If you have a yard or garden that is looking a bit dull, consider adding some woodchips and bark to the mix. Not only will it add some color to your landscape, but it will also improve the moisture level in your soil and stop topsoil erosion. The best part is, these materials are low maintenance. And they last for many years.

There are many varieties of wood chips available, and they are usually made from recycled lumber. Whether you are trying to build a garden path, create an outdoor seating area, or line your trees, you'll have a hard time finding a more versatile landscaping material. Plus, wood chips are inexpensive to boot. You can use them as mulch under your shrubs and trees, or just sprinkle them over your lawn for a nice shady effect.

Grade your property

If you are experiencing flooding and drainage issues, you may want to grade your property to improve the drainage around your foundation. Proper grading can prevent water from seeping into the basement or crawl space. In addition, poorly graded land can cause dead grass, pools of water, and mosquitoes.

Ideally, grading should be done on a positive slope. This means the landscape slopes downward from the home's foundation. For the first 10 feet of your yard, you should grade your land at a 5% drop. The remaining land should be graded at a 1" drop for every 20 feet.

Negative grading can be a result of poor landscaping or a construction process. It is important to maintain a positive slope in order to prevent structural problems.

Install a perimeter drain

Installing a perimeter drain to improve the drainage on your foundation can be a great idea. This type of drain is designed to capture ground water and divert it away from your foundation. It can also protect your property from damage.

When installing a perimeter drain, you need to find the right spot to put the drain pipe. The best spot is close to the building footing.

You'll need to dig a trench, at least 2 feet wide. You'll need to remove soil, if necessary. Then you'll backfill the area with soil and gravel. Typically, you'll place a layer of gravel in the bottom of the trench.

Once you've filled in the hole, you'll need to level it. A slight slope helps keep the pipe clear of clay and silt.

Get a visual inspection

If you're in the market for a new house, getting a visual inspection of the foundation is a good idea. It's no secret that the home's foundation plays an important role in a house's overall performance. And if you're selling your home, a well-executed inspection can boost your sales by as much as 5%.

A good foundation review should be done every two to three years. The last thing you want is for your home to be a waterlogged mess. To avoid this situation, make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris. Also, install a plastic barrier beneath the topsoil to deter runoff.

Getting a professional to inspect your home is the best way to ensure your family's safety. Not only will they spot any problems, they will recommend any improvements that are needed to ensure your home's longevity.

This is for the person who has zero time to find a drainage specialist and fix the problem so it does not happen again at an affordable price.
Call: 07949 653019 or 07710 937750

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