While water is a source of life, it can potentially wreak havoc to your foundation throughout Florida, if you are not careful. Water from rain can find its way to your foundation walls. Such water can exert pressure on foundation walls causing leaks and eventually flooding.
Why is the foundation leaking?
Before we look at how to curb water issues around the foundation, it’s prudent to know why water gets into the foundation. Home construction involves digging or excavation to make room for foundational walls. This action leaves space between the edges of the walls and the ground next to them. When this space is backfilled with excavated soil, it doesn’t regain its original density. The soil is loose or fluffy and tends to absorb more water than the surrounding soils. When it rains, more water collects around this area than any other part of your home.
Fortunately, there are simple measures you can put in place to ensure water does not stagnate and cause problems. Let us look at some practical ways of enhancing soil drainage around the foundation.
1. Improve the foundation soil grading
Mounds of soil from the foundation will start settling with time. As they settle, a dip will form around the foundation’s edge. This dip encourages rainwater to pool around the foundation.
The area around your yard should always slope at least six inches for every 10 feet from your foundation. This will ensure that water moves away and doesn’t pool at the base of the foundation. If the soil around your foundation is sloping toward your foundation, you should consider adding dense soil around the foundation walls until it slopes away.
2. Fix foundation cracks
Cracks and crevices along your foundation walls will encourage water to leak inside, form puddles, and lead to other problems like water damage and mold growth. Fix these issues as soon as possible. Left unchecked, cracks on your foundation can widen and become a structural hazard.
3. Repair gutters and downspouts
When clear and strong, your guttering system will channel rainwater properly. But sometimes these systems get clogged or damaged and fail their purpose. Insect and fix loose gutters and remove leaves or debris from clogged ones. Also, ensure the downspouts discharge water away from your foundation. They should be at least six feet away from your home’s foundation, and also can be placed in the ground.
4. Install curtain drains
If your house is located at the base of a hill or slope, install curtain drains along the incline. You can do so by digging a trench some distance from the foundation. Lay down perforated drainpipes and cover them with crushed stones. Curtain drains are effective in preventing water stagnation around the foundation.
5. Interior crawl space drainage
If you have a crawl space under your home, combine an interior drain, preferably the CrawlDrain™, and a sump pump. Both systems will help clear any water that gets into your crawl space so it won’t seep into the foundation. The CrawlDrain™ harvests the water and directs it to the sump pump, which removes the water from the crawl space and directs it away from the foundation. These systems need to be installed first before other crawl space solutions like a vapor barrier and dehumidifier.
You already know the measures you should take to get rid of the water from your foundation. If the problem of water pooling around your Florida home persists, it is advisable to get professional help from experts at Alpha Foundations. Request a free inspection and repair quote and get sound professional advice from real pros plus top-notch repairs!