Drainage Solutions to Keep Your Home Dry
25 March 2014
Damp is a common problem for many homeowners. It can be costly to fix and to repair the cosmetic damage caused. Not only that, but having a damp problem can also devalue your home and put off potential buyers or renters. There are steps you can take to prevent damp, or to minimise the impact if damp has already occurred.
Having the right drainage solutions is one of the best ways of preventing damp from occurring, or ensuring an existing problem doesn't get worse. We’ll now take a look at some tips for drainage that prevents damp.
Keep Your Drains Clear
Regardless of what kind of drainage solutions you have, one of the most important things to check is that your drains are clear. Mud, twigs and leaves all get washed into drains, and over time can build up to impair the flow of water. When this happens, excess water cannot drain away, which can leave it standing. When this water is right next to a wall, the only place it can go is into your home. Ensuring you have clear drains is one of the simplest ways of tackling rising damp.
To really be sure that your drain is working properly, you might wish to hire a professional to examine your underground drainage with a pen camera to spot any potential build ups and blockages.
Drainage Ditches and Extended Downspouts
Every time it rains, a large amount of water is collected from your roof and funnelled down to the bottom of your walls by your guttering. With all that water in contact with your walls, it is hardly surprising that some of it gets absorbed. There are two ways you can alleviate this problem. The easiest is to simply extend the bottom of the guttering downspouts away from your home by a few feet. This way, water running out of the end of the pipe will be safely away from your walls. A more extensive option is to have drainage ditches dug. These small channels will catch any running surface water and funnel it away from your walls, making it less likely that they will absorb a lot of moisture.
Ideally, you need the ground around your home to be sloping away from the walls. This will force water away from your foundations. It is worth checking the ground around your home to see whether there is a slope, otherwise water could be getting trapped at the base of your walls with nowhere else to go. This, and the other points above, are all things that we can look at and help you with as part of our structural services and drainage solutions. We have highly trained team members to analyse and assess the state of your drains and provide detailed suggestions for future work that will help to improve your drainage in future.
For more information contact Allcott Associates today to discuss your drainage.