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Water damage from poor drainage can come in many forms. Homeowners need to be able to recognize when water drainage methods are not working. The most obvious sign of improper drainage is the formation of pools of waters in your yard. These pools may form where downspouts release water or spots where the downspouts or drains are broken or clogged. If the pools do not evaporate quickly enough, they will likely become unsightly breeding grounds for mosquitos and other pests.
If water collects near floorboards or other wood surfaces, it may cause damage to the wood. Mold or mildew may also begin to form where water touches and dampens wooden structures.
If water collects near floorboards or other wood surfaces, it may cause damage to the wood. Mold or mildew may also begin to form where water touches and dampens wooden structures. Pools of water in gardens may cause damage to plants and lead to fungus growth. Flowing water in gardens often washes soil and mulch away, leaving roots more exposed and plants less likely to survive.
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The 5-Step Fenwick Drainage Process
1. The Initial Consultation
2. The Site Visit
3. The Plan
Sump PumpsIf a part of your home is prone to flooding, at the minimum, you’ll want to make sure you have a sump pump installed. A sump pump is a small pump installed in a basement or crawlspace to remove flood water that may come in unexpectedly. It is typically installed in a sump pit at the lowest level of the basement or crawlspace so that if the area begins to flood, it will pump the water out. If your basement is prone to flooding, installing a sump pump is a good precaution to limit any damage flooding may cause. We can also install exterior sump pumps, when other drainage options can’t cut it. If drains and dry wells can’t solve the problem, a mechanical solution may be in order.
A clean rain gutter system collects and channels rainwater off the roof and into a downspout, controlling where the runoff goes. One of the most common drainage issues occurs when the downspout leaves water in an undesirable place. This can occur for several reasons. Maybe the runoff is starting to erode soil near the downspout. You may even discover that water is finding its way to the home’s foundation and causing damage.
Regardless of the issue, a simple solution is to extend the gutter downspout to direct water runoff to a new location. The downspout can extend farther away from the home or even be put underground. Another easy solution is placing a splash block under the downspout to direct water away from the home. If necessary, we can also completely replace or change the position of the downspout.
Maybe the runoff is starting to erode soil near the downspout. You may even discover that water is finding its way to the home’s foundation and causing damage.
Trench DrainsA trench drain is a long surface gutter that collects water and transports it to a new area. They are often installed next to driveways, sidewalks, exposed patios, or other concrete surfaces where rainwater tends to collect. Instead of pouring into a garden bed and causing soil erosion, rainwater flows into the drain and is deposited safely in a new location. They may also be used with a sump pump to transport water from a basement or crawlspace to another area away from the home. In its simplest form, a trench drain is simply a molded plastic gutter with a debris grate. Debris grates can be easily removed to perform simple maintenance and get rid of any smaller organic material from the trench drain. There are a wide variety of sizes and styles to choose from to help ensure the drain blends into the landscape and does not take away from the beauty of the home.
If traditional exterior drainage isn’t doing the trick, you may want to consider installing a French drain in your yard. A French drain is a gravel-lined ditch with a perforated pipe near the bottom. When it rains, water will collect in the ditch and seep into the pipe, which will then carry the excess water to the desired location.
French drains tend to be larger and more effective at handling large quantities of water than trench drains. If your basement or your home’s foundation is flooding during heavy rains, a French drain may be the best way to keep water away from the home. Though french drains can be mostly hidden they can, depending on your yard, be made more noticeable by making them look like dry creek beds with attractive rocks and landscape.
If you are considering installing a French drain or renovating another part of your drainage system, TermiGuard & Fenwick is here to help.
Our professionals are licensed, certified, and experienced in water issues. When it comes to protecting your home from water damage, you want someone you can trust. Give us a call today for free consultation.