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Grading and Drainage Issues Resolved
Those who have houses with basements tend to fear to have water fill that space. There is a keen focus on the grading and drainage situation in their residence.
The grading you have has the potential to collect water near the foundation, thus leading to instances of basement flooding. Once there is water in the basement, you face other dangers such as mold growth, on top of the inconvenience of having to deal with all that water clogging the furniture therein.
Once you have stayed in an area for a while, you will get accustomed to the local weather patterns enough to tell when there can be heavy rains, and what to do to prevent flooding in your basement and house in general. But there is also the slow-acting water leakage that, over time, tends to lead to rot and damage to the wood framing of the house. You need to do something about that as well.
The grade you have acted as the roof does over the house. It will angle away from the house, thus directing water away. Water tends to get into the tightest of spaces and cracks. It is what makes it especially hard to monitor instances of leaks into the basement, and the foundation of your house.
When you move into another house, make a point of asking the previous occupant about any instances of flooding in the past. Ask what prevalent weather patterns were manifest and how the flooding came to be. Find out if those conditions are recurrent, or whether it was an unusual occurrence. You need to know what dangers you face before committing to purchasing such a huge investment.
The best approach is to first of all angle or pitch all grades away from your house. The ground touching the house needs to slope away from the structure, and to do so for a substantial distance, nothing less than 8 feet. A house built on a hilly landscape enjoys this benefit naturally.
You need to then install a grade or below grade drain. The purpose of the installation is to guide water away from the ground next to the foundation. You need the drain professionally designed and installed. It will be a costly affair, but it is the best way to protect the even costlier investment you made in the house.
The water that comes from the gutters needs to be drained into dry wells that are situated a distance from the building. You also need to have those wells designed well, with factors such as the soil conditions around them checked. You need to also think of the elevation of the house since there is the water table underneath the surface. The closer it is to the house, the more the likelihood of the basement having drainage and flooding issues.
You need to also ensure proper landscape maintenance, with tasks such as removing grass clippings from the compound done well. The clippings collecting over time tend to raise the grade, thus allowing rainwater to collect there and cause you problems.
There is a need to make sure that there is no water collecting anywhere around your house, as it can easily find its way into your basement and foundation. With these tips in mind, and with the intervention of a professional grading and drainage service, it should not be a problem anymore.