Drainage problems can cost you thousands of dollars in damage to your foundation walls and basement floor, not to mention the destruction of your stored possessions. Puddles of water in your basement or pools of stagnant water on your lawn are often clear signs of drainage issues, but there are many other signs of poor drainage that aren't so obvious. To help prevent water damage to your home, read on to learn some of the more subtle signs of drainage problems.
Signs in the gutters and downspouts
A heavy downpour of water from your gutters is often a clear sign that you have a roof drainage problem that could cause water damage to your foundation. However, you don't need a gushing gutter to confirm that you have overflowing gutters. Streaks of dirt along the outer side of your gutters and mud splattered on your siding can indicate that water from the roof isn't going down the gutters as it should.
The easy fix to this problem would be to remove leaves, dirt and other debris that could be obstructing the flow of water to the downspouts and seal any holes in the gutters. If the drainage issue continues, you may have undersized or improperly pitched gutters.
Downspouts that dump too close to the house could also bring about water damage, as roof runoff could seep into the soil around your foundation and eventually crack the walls. You can resolve this by installing gutter extensions to dump water further away from your home and have a water damage expert add soil around your home to create a slope that diverts water away from your foundation.
Water stains in the basement
Another sign that water isn't draining away from your foundation is the presence of stains on your basement walls. Stains that form high on the walls could indicate water seeping into the foundation from above ground, either from gushing gutters of from surface runoff pooling near the house. Fixing improperly sloped or clogged gutters, sealing your foundation walls and adding a layer topsoil around your home could fix this problem.
A potentially bigger problem would be stains that extend in a line on lower parts of the walls, indicating water seepage through your basement floor due to a fluctuating water table. To fix this, you will need to install a sump pump to remove any seepage that infiltrates your basement during flooding and have an interior drain system installed or contact a water damage company to help you, like Servicemaster Of Martinsburg & Hagerstown.