How to Spot Water Drainage Issues and Prevent Problems Caused by Water Intrusion

How to Spot Water Drainage Issues and Prevent Problems Caused by Water Intrusion

It's a fact that homes in the Pacific Northwest need better drainage than homes in drier parts of the country because rainfall levels are higher here, and rain can fall in high volumes in short periods. We have experienced this in Western Washington this January. When proper drainage is not implemented and maintained, running water caused by active rainfall or snowmelt can wreak havoc on a home. Specifically, it can undermine foundations and concrete slabs, cause warping and rot in wood, and lead to mold in ceilings, walls, and floors.

To prevent damage to your home and property caused by improperly controlled water runoff, we install, inspect, clean, and repair gutters, downspouts, catch basins, drains, vapor barriers, dehumidifier, and sump pumps as needed.

Some things that you can do to make sure your drainage systems are working well are as follows:
1. Step outside during heavy rain and walk around your home.
2. Observe the rain moving from your roof to the gutters and from the gutters to downspouts, catch basins and drains.
3. Contact us if you don't hear or see water traveling in the right direction or you see evidence of water intrusions such as rotted soffits or fascia, sinking slabs, foundation cracks, or pooling water near the home's outer walls.
4. Walk around your house and the inside of the garage.
5. Note signs of water intrusion which can look like dark patches in drywall or ceiling material, wet spots during a rainfall, flooring that feels soft or mushy, or floors or concrete slabs that are sinking, cracking, or becoming uneven.
6. Contact us if you see issues that cause you concern.
The earlier you spot issues and have us address them, the less severe those issues will become. Homes with well-maintained drainage systems can last multiple lifetimes without foundation repair, floor leveling, wood replacement, and other more costly repairs.

If you wish to protect your home by preventing water intrusion altogether, we can help you schedule annual inspections to note and correct issues before they begin to cause damage. An inspection today could save tens of thousands of dollars in the future.

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Published: January 27, 2021

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