It’s hurricane season in the Carolinas with our first storm of the year making landfall in the Southeastern United States. Its time for homeowners to catch up on badly needed foundation drainage improvements. Wet crawl spaces and basements will be a common symptom reported by homeowners over the next few weeks. It is important to understand there is a big difference between a flood and a waterproofing problem. Also, 90% of all crawl space and/or basement waterproofing challenges can be resolved from the outside of the home with common sense foundation drainage improvements.
- Keep gutters clean and free flowing
- Extend downspout discharge points 6ft. away from the foundation
- Keep plants trimmed and pruned to normal sizes.
- Remove all invasive large trees and bushes within 10ft. of the foundation wall and grind out the stumps.
- Re-grade flower beds with a proper slope introduced away from the structure.
- Clean out and maintain all vent wells. Add pea gravel as needed.
- Deploy underground piping systems to divert water away from the house.
- Install French drains, drainage swales, and/or catch basin systems to carry water away from the foundation.
Please feel free to watch the attached videos for more information.
Michael P. Masserang