It will sound like a riddle, but it really is no laughing matter. What do you get if you do not make sure that your foundation can properly drain? Actually, the answer to that is a listing of things.
What you get without good foundation drainage:
- Cracking, buckling or sliding foundation walls and eventually the same inside the home.
- Excess moisture in the foundation, crawlspace or basement can lead to mold colonies within the home.
- Water collections can pool, freeze and push walls out of place leading to possible foundation breaks and weakening.
The amount of trouble that you could be facing will depend on what region you live in and how above the water table you are. The wetter the area, the more important good foundation drainage becomes. While this project should best be undertaken during the home’s construction if it was not, it can still be completed after ward by a professional drainage installer.
Keep in mind that insurance regulations and requirements will vary from state to state, but in many cases this type of job will require a licensed contractor only.
Other ways to prevent moisture after the foundation drainage is installed:
- Install thick black plastic sheeting on the ground and up the interior foundation walls.
- Make sure that the gutters are kept clean and that drain spouts are run far away from the house.
- Also, ensure that the foundation walls are completely sealed
A well drained foundation will lessen the chances of moisture problems, as well as stop the other, more serious problems that can arise from excessive water in and around foundation walls. Do not wait until the home is showing signs of settling or slipping before you have a professional drainage installer protect your greatest investment, your home.
If there is any doubt at all about the condition of your foundation, have it checked and then have drainage installed.