One of the things our Park Range team helps property owners with are drainage issues. Drainage problems can lead to various issues in buildings, including water damage, structural deterioration, and mold growth. Recognizing the signs of poor drainage can help you identify when your building may need drainage improvements. Here are some common signs to watch out for.
If you notice areas of standing water around the building, particularly after rain or snowmelt, it's a clear indication of drainage issues. Pooled water can damage the foundation and create breeding grounds for pests.
Soggy or Eroded Soil
Soft, soggy soil or areas of soil erosion near the foundation can indicate poor drainage. Waterlogged soil can compromise the stability of the foundation and lead to structural problems.
Water seeping into the basement or crawl space is a significant sign of drainage problems. If you find damp walls, water stains, or visible mold growth, it's important to address the issue promptly to prevent further damage.
Cracks in Foundation or Walls
Cracks in the foundation, basement walls, or exterior walls can result from water pressure against the structure. These cracks can worsen if drainage issues are not resolved.
Damp or Musty Odors
A persistent musty smell indoors can be a sign of excess moisture and poor drainage. Mold and mildew thrive in damp environments, causing health risks and property damage.
Gutters and Downspouts
Overflowing or clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to water pooling around the foundation. Ensure that gutters are properly maintained and that downspouts direct water away from the building.
Sloping Landscape Toward the Building
If the landscape around your building slopes toward it instead of away, water is more likely to accumulate near the foundation. Proper grading is essential for directing water away from the building.
Cracked Pavement or Driveways
Cracks or uneven settling in pavement, driveways, and walkways can occur due to water infiltration beneath the surface.
Deteriorating Exterior Materials
Excessive moisture can cause paint to peel, wood to rot, and masonry materials to deteriorate. Regularly inspect the building's exterior for signs of wear caused by water exposure.
Stagnant water can attract pests like mosquitoes, ants, and termites. If you notice an increase in pest activity, it could be related to drainage problems.
If you observe any of these signs, it's essential to address drainage issues promptly to prevent further damage to your building. If you notice any of these troubling signs, reach out to our specialists at Park Range Construction.
Published on 8-22-2023