Home drainage systems

You can see that moisture infiltrates in your basement if it’s cool, damp and musty smelling. If it has mold and mildew signs, then it surely has water infiltrations. One common cause is the poor drainage around the house.

This allows moisture to build up in the soil and then get through the walls. You can do something about this problem now and avoid more difficult and more expensive problems later.

Rainwater handling

Gutters are maybe the most important part of the house drainage system. They can cause serious problems if they are damages of inexistent. They will need to be installed properly prevent water from pouring from the roof directly on the ground. They need to redirect the water away from the house.

The shank has to be large enough to handle the large amount of water that will run off the roof during a heavy rainfall. The minimum size is of 2×3 inches, but larger is even better. If the shank is larger, then it won’t get clocked and it will permit the water flow to be redirected properly.

The water from the gutters needs to be channeled at least 5 feet away from the house. The main idea is to prevent puddling and direct the water to a drainage system.

Grading and Slope

Most building codes will require that the ground around a house’s foundation should slope away from the house. The minimum is of 6 inches in the first 10 feet and then foot in the next 100 feet.

If you still have problems with drainage, then install a French Drain. This is a small trench that has a pipe in it, surrounded by sand and gravel. The pipe is perforated and allows water to channel in it. The pipe then redirects the water away from your home.

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