CUSTOM DRAINAGE SOLUTIONS
PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM RAINFALL DAMAGE
Springtime in Kansas City means lots of rain, which for properties with poor drainage means incoming damage to grass, plants, and even homes!
Standing water around your home is a pretty clear sign that your lawn is suffering from poor drainage, but not all drainage issues are so obvious. Check out the other signs listed below that may be the result of poor drainage around your home.
Signs of Drainage Problems
Not every drainage problem is as visible as a mini-lake forming in your backyard – but they can be just as serious. Check for these signs of drainage issues:
Crusty deposits on basement walls:
If you see areas of white or gray crust on basement walls, that’s efflorescence—mineral deposits left behind by evaporating water. Or, pieces of the wall may be flaking off in large patches, a condition called “spalling.”
Leaky basements and water stains:
Water streaming into your basement can be the unfortunate result of improper drainage. Keep an eye out for damp spots or long stains along walls and floor, as these may be remnant evidence of rainwater passing from outdoors to indoors without notice. Left unchecked, intermittent streams of rainwater can cause major damage to your foundation – and promote the growth of mold in your home.
Cracks in the foundation:
Foundations often have small cracks that appear as houses settle over time. Most are harmless, but bigger cracks should be investigated. Keep a close eye on cracks larger than 1/8-inch wide by marking the ends with an erasable pencil line. Measure the width and jotting it down. If you notice the cracks are broadening, you’ll want to contact a drainage professional immediately.
Improperly placed downspouts:
Each inch of rain that falls on 1,000 square feet of a roof produces more than 600 gallons of runoff—enough to fill 10 bathtubs to the brim! Dumping that much water too close to the foundation can end in a virtual pipeline to your basement. Even with operational downspouts, an inverted grade may lead to the same issue!
Mildew in attic areas:
The attic might at first seem a strange place to investigate for drainage problems, but mildew on the underside of the roof can be a tip-off to serious trouble leading all the way to the ground level. Cracked shingles or pierced gutter valleys can create a veritable waterway for rainwater to run into your attic and, through the force of gravity, to inner wall areas where the water continues downward, soaking insulation and initiating mold growth, before making its way to a final destination in the basement where even more moisture damage can occur.
Mulch and wood chips that have moved from their designated plant beds after it rains are a good indicator that water is not absorbing into the soil efficiently. If your mulch and wood chips are being washed away, chances are high that the soil is next and once erosion issues arise, they can be expensive to fix.
Have you noticed one or more of these problems at your home?
Call Envision today at (816) 788-0808 to speak with KC’s leading drainage solution team!
Say goodbye to poor drainage with help from Envision!
With 15+ years of experience in correcting drainage issues for Kansas City homeowners, the team at Envision is well-versed in rainwater redirection. From altering exterior grades to redirecting rainfall away from foundations, to French drains, dry creek beds, and other water-taming solutions, Envision has the know-how, the equipment, and the team of skilled professionals that can turn today’s worst nightmares into tomorrows pleasant dreams.