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Heavy Rainfalls – Common Grading & Drainage Issues Causing Water Intrusion

When heavy rain pours, homes can face some serious water issues. Not only can it be a headache to fix, but it can cause recurring damage if i’s not managed right the first time. Don’t worry – we’re sharing some common grading and drainage problems we manage that can lead to water sneaking into your home during heavy rainfalls, and of course we can help you fix and prevent any future mishaps.

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GRADING EXCAVATION SERVICES

GRADING & DRAINAGE ISSUES

Improper grading is a big reason why water sneaks into homes during heavy rain. Sometimes, this problem lurks around without showing itself until there’s a serious downpour. Grading is all about the angle of the land around your home. Ideally, it should slope away from the house, so water doesn’t hang around the foundation. It’s usually sorted out when the house is built, but sometimes it needs a tweak later on.

Drainage problems are another headache for homeowners. If water can’t drain properly around your home, it starts pooling around your property  and might even seep into the foundation. Drainage is usually dealt with when the house is built, but it’s worth considering if you’re changing up your landscaping.

HOME DRAINAGE SOLUTIONS

CLOGGED OR DAMAGED GUTTERS

Gutters are meant to gather water from the roof and guide it away from the house, but when they get clogged with leaves or debris, they can overflow, causing water to accumulate near the foundation and potentially lead to water intrusion. Regularly cleaning the gutter system as well as ensuring they are intact and functioning properly can easily prevent this issue in the long run!

FOUNDATION EXCAVATION SERVICE

Foundation settling

As time passes, the foundation of a home may naturally settle or shift, resulting in uneven grading around the property. When grading becomes noticeably uneven, there’s a risk of water pooling around the foundation, especially during heavy rainfall. This pooling water is a red flag for potential water intrusion, which can lead to costly damage and structural issues.

POT HOLE MAINTENANCE & GRAVEL DRIVEWAY SERVICE

LACK OF MAINTENANCE

the dreaded Gravel Driveway Repairs

Most potholes in dirt or gravel driveways are caused by water trapped below the surface, so be sure to maintain or improve the quality of underground drainage to avoid potholes reappearing in your driveway.

Remember: potholes won’t fix themselves and if they get big enough, they can damage your vehicle! It’s best to attack the problem as soon as it is discovered, not just for your vehicle, but for the overall appeal of your driveway.

LAND LEVELLING SERVICE

INADEQUATE PLANNING

In the initial stages of construction, the land is usually graded to create a level surface for building. But if the grading isn’t done right, water can gather around the home’s foundation. This often happens due to insufficient planning and execution during the grading process. If you’re noticing water seeping into your home’s foundation, it’s crucial to seek advice from an expert. They can offer the most effective solution to prevent further damage and protect the integrity of your home’s foundation.

LAWN MAINTENANCE SERVICE

SOIL QUALITY

Proper Soil Testing & Management

The soil around your home plays a role in grading too. Clay soil, for instance, tends to shrink and swell over time, messing up the grading, drainage and overall stability for constuction. If you think this might be happening at your place, it’s best to get an expert to check it out and suggest fixes.

LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION & REPAIR SERVICE

LANDSCAPE DESIGN FLAWS

Improper landscaping can be a culprit in water intrusion issues at the foundation. A poorly planned landscape may create spots where water gathers and hinders proper drainage, resulting in excess moisture around the home’s base. The choice of materials, their positioning, and how well they hold up over time all play roles in directing water away from the foundation. Thankfully, most landscaping problems can be fixed without big machinery. However, if you need extra assistance, it’s wise to reach out to an experienced company in handling drainage issues who can offer the ideal solutions!

LAWN DRAINAGE SOLUTIONS SERVICE

INSUFFICIENT DRAINAGE

When the area around your home lacks proper drainage, water tends to build up around the foundation. This issue can arise from various factors, like the natural incline of the land or the existence of impermeable surfaces such as concrete or asphalt. During heavy rainfall, especially, water might struggle to drain quickly enough, leading to potential leaks into the foundation. In situations like these, seeking advice from a seasoned contractor can help determine the most effective solution to address this concern.

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