Water might be a giver of life, but it can damage your home’s foundation in many ways. Too much of it can rot the wooden sections of your structures. It can make the soil around and underneath your home’s foundation expand. It can even cause erosion over time. All of these can and will lead to the heaving and shifting of your foundation. And because the foundation of your home is porous, any water can soak into it and cause it to deteriorate gradually. Your foundation will end up full of cracks and other issues you will have to worry about for the long term.
You can easily tell if your foundation has been damaged by water. Here are the most common signs:
- Discolored walls and peeling wallpaper
- Spongy and moist carpeted floors
- The growth of mildew or mold
- Musty-smelling basements
- Sagging or bending walls
- Cracks in your basement floors and walls
This week’s failing foundation was caused by too much water. Let’s find out what happened!
McKinney Homeowner Worried About Too Much Water Damaging Her Garden and Porch
Our client is an avid gardener who loves beautifying her home. She recently had a new front porch extension installed. Too much water had started to pool next to her house whenever it rained, which was ruining her new plants. She was also worried that it would ruin the concrete in her porch extension as well.
It was right for her to be anxious about all that water, as it is one of the biggest threats to the structural integrity of any home. Frequent exposure to water can undermine the soil supporting your house’s foundation. It can even cause the concrete to deteriorate!
She had reached out to another company to install drains around her house, hoping that this would solve all her water problems. They connected the gutter downspouts to the corrugated discharge lines, and had them pop up in the middle of the yard. Of course, this ended up not working because the corrugated lines don't allow water to move very quickly. Most importantly, the middle of the yard was much higher than the house, so how would the water go uphill?
Properly Installing a New Drainage System to Solve All Excess Water Problems
The homeowner pointed out that the drainage wasn’t working at all. Instead of resolving the errors they had made, the other company went AWOL. Her neighbor, who was one of our previous drainage clients, suggested that she give us a call. Our expert team was able to identify the real problem immediately, and suggested the best solution. The solution we proposed made sense to her, so she decided to hire us.
Our team switched the old, corrugated pipes to smooth wall pipes so that the flow of water would be much quicker.
We also ran the line all the way to the lowest point of the front corner of her property at the street. Since this corner is much lower than the spot where the water kept pooling up, the water wouldn’t have to fight gravity just to get to it.
We then installed a hole in the curb so water would directly discharge to the street. Doing so will prevent clogging in the future, allowing the drain to last much longer.
The changes we made allowed the water to flow away from her home, so none of the most important structures on her property (whether it's her flowers or her foundation) would get damaged.
If you suspect that your drainage systems aren’t working as they should be, you can reach out to us right away. Our professionals won’t go AWOL on you. We will assess the problem and provide the most effective solutions that will take away your worries.
At PermaTech Foundation Repair, you will always get trustworthy services that can solve all your foundation problems. We’ll be more than happy to stop by, evaluate it, and determine the best solution. If you need foundation repair, we’re here to help. Call or text us at 214-326-0718 today. We’ll get the job done for you on time, on budget.