Water drainage issues can be frustrating. When water pools around your home or floods into your basement, it can be inconvenient at best and damaging and costly at worst. If you see signs of water drainage problems around your home, The Gutterman of TN can help!
Signs of drainage issues
Water pooling around the outside of your home or on your basement floor serve as obvious signs that your home has drainage issues. There are some more subtle signs of drainage issues that you should be aware of to be sure that water runoff isn’t doing damage to your yard or your home’s structure.
Damaged landscaping. Improperly draining gutters can flood your landscaping. It can displace mulch, stone or landscaping features, cause depressions in the lawn or landscaping beds, or turn vegetation yellow or cause plants to die.
Overflowing gutters. If you see water streaming over the sides of your gutters when it rains, it is obvious that your gutters aren’t draining properly. You may not actively see the water flowing out of the gutters, but you might see water or mud streaks or splatters down the sides of your home.
Stained basement walls. Water stains on the basement walls can reveal one of two problems. Stains higher up on the walls are evidence that gutter downspouts are dumping water against your home’s foundation, while lower stains might reveal a larger drainage issue. Flaking deposits on your basement walls also can be signs of drainage problems.
Cracked foundation. It’s normal to see small cracks on your basement walls or on the exterior foundation of your home. If you see larger cracks developing — cracks that are 1/8 inch or thicker — monitor them to make sure they aren’t growing, which could be a sign that water is damaging your foundation.
Solving drainage issues
Many drainage issues are caused by improperly functioning gutters. Gutters that are clogged by leaves or debris, gutters that are improperly sized, missing or misdirected downspouts and damaged or leaking gutters all can cause water to drain against your home and cause damage. Once you see the signs of improper drainage, it’s crucial to have your home’s drainage inspected immediately, before pooling water can do expensive damage to your landscaping, house structure or foundation.
If you have noticed signs of flooding, pooling water or overflowing gutters around your home, call The Gutterman of TN to schedule an appointment today! We can inspect your entire gutter system for improper sizing, missing downspouts, damage, blockages and other problems. We can help you find solutions to your drainage issues, whether it is a simple cleaning, redirecting downspouts, placing rain barrels to capture some of your storm water runoff or replace your gutter system with properly sized gutters that won’t become blocked or leak.