At some point, every homeowner will engage in a few home improvement activities. Whether you are hiring professionals to do the work or you are completing the tasks yourself, your home will always need a bit of upkeep. In fact, in your home, you likely have a list of projects that need completing. You should have them prioritised, so you can get to the most pressing matters first.
However, many people do not adequately understand which needs are actually the most pressing. When it comes to tasks that need completing, the most pressing issues are often thought to be the most visible. If your gutters are hanging off your home or if they have become clogged, the issue is obviously pressing. However, you may not even notice other equally urgent matters.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
The phrase “out of sight and out of mind” is very apt when it comes to the most crucial concerns around your home. One of the most pressing matters is the drainage of your house. For example, if your gutters are falling, you obviously need to work on your home’s drainage.
However, if they are not and there are no obvious clogs, you may not immediately notice a problem. So, to understand the potential importance of the situation, you need to understand the exact purpose of your drains.
Drains Prevent Water Erosion
Your home is built on a concrete slab foundation. Additionally, the concrete slab probably has pilings that are placed vertically underneath the foundation. These pilings are positioned at a right angle to the concrete slab. Therefore, when water or wind erodes the dirt surrounding the foundation, the pilings sink further into the ground to keep your home level.
However, the stakes are not invulnerable, so they are susceptible to erosion and other environmental factors. For example, wooden pilings are susceptible to rot and pests. If water has risen around the base of your house, it is going to fundamentally accelerate the rate of erosion and obviously cause serious problems. Additionally, if you allow your home’s foundation to erode too much, the foundation will begin to shift.
Your foundation does not have to dramatically shift to experience damage, so your drainage system can become one of your home’s most pressing issues without you realising it. If you think your home is no longer level, you can examine the facade of the house. In an unlevel structure, the facade will have tiny cracks running vertically. It represents a pressure point due to the weight of one side dragging onto the other.
Alternately, you can place a level at different locations around your house. Windowsill, porches, and balconies are good areas to test the level of your home. If they are not level, you need foundation repair. If they are level, you have caught a potential problem in time. Therefore, you need to install drainage systems around your house to prevent any future problems and repairs.
If you need a drainage system, you have access to many beneficial options. There are gutters for your roof, channel drains that run into the ground and underground drainage options. Before making a purchase, you should assess your needs. For example, you need gutters to line every part of your house.
First, your roof needs an effective way to collect rainwater before it can pool around the foundation of your house. Then, the water needs to be channelled through the drains. The drains can have a downspout that carries the water away from your house. A few houses may not actually require a downspout, because the gutters are designed to effectively direct the water away from the house.
You should work with a drainage specialist to determine which gutters are best suited for your home. Secondly, you should consider where you want the water to go. Many people choose a simple but effective solution, such as directing the water to their garden. It keeps the water away from the house, which is good enough.
Other people prefer to collect the water in a rain barrel, because they can use the rainwater to water their garden if it has not rained in awhile. Depending on your township, you may not find this method plausible. Furthermore, you may want to direct the drainage to a pond or a culvert elsewhere. To do this, you should install drains underground.
Underground drains collect rainwater from the downspout and carry it beneath the ground to its destination. They are a great choice because they keep the water out of sight and out of mind. Furthermore, the water does not pool in your garden or pose a tripping hazard for people walking through your garden or driveway.
Lastly, you may need channel drains. The tiny, open-top canals catch the water and redirect it. They are especially popular around the base of the home or near the driveway. If you have a sloped driveway or heavy rains, water can easily accumulate against your house and cause your basement or garage to flood.
As stated previously, a channel drain catches the water and redirects it, so the structure can empty accumulated water into different places, such as a garden or a rain barrel. Furthermore, you must place a screen or a cover over the top as a safety precaution and to prevent leaves and debris from clogging the drain.
Water pooling up around your house poses a danger to your home’s foundation. For example, it attracts pests such as mosquitoes, and it is a waste of useful water. If you want to use it or simply get rid of it, clear free-flowing drains are the best way to do so.
Controlling the water around your house should not be on the bottom of your home improvement list. In fact, you should treat water control as a top priority, because a simple solution can save you thousands of pounds in repairs.