If you are experiencing drainage problems, you’re probably wondering how to drain water from your house foundation effectively. Learn why diverting water away from foundations is so important and the best solutions to your problems.
Water that collects or pools near a home’s foundation can cause several problems. If untreated over a period of time, a slab can begin to settle and crack because of hydrostatic pressure. Rainwater that is not correctly diverted away from a house causes soil erosion as well. Erosion exposes the foundation and slowly weakens it. If untreated, erosion and foundation weakening can become a significant safety hazard. Foundation damage not only presents safety concerns, but it can also cause unwanted conditions. Mold and mildew can grow as a result of water damage. Foul odors and damp air in basements are products of inadequate drainage systems.
It is impossible to overstate the importance of a proper drainage system. Contractors can solve drainage issues by installing a system that increases water flow and prevents water pooling.
To divert water away from foundations and homes, you need a proper drainage system. A system with a high intake rate helps prevent harmful standing water.
The Hydraway 2000 strip drain is the ideal solution to prevent drainage issues. Hydraway boasts inflow rates up to 70% higher than alternative drains. Contractors and homeowners appreciate that a Hydraway system installation is less expensive and more streamlined than traditional solutions. The 0% failure rate of Hydrway also offers peace of mind in their system and investment.
The innovative design of Hydraway also means it is clog-resistant. Thermally-bonded plastic molded drain pipes have needle-punctured fabric added to them. The material acts as a filter that only allows water in to protect the drain from clog-forming soil and silt.
The uninterrupted flow of rainwater through the Hydraway prevents hydrostatic pressure damage, protecting your foundation from the damaging effects of poor drainage.
If you have a drainage problem, there are many solutions with varying degrees of success. Simple solutions such as downspout extensions help with diverting water away from the house towards a storm sewer. If you have serious issues, taking this step is kind of like putting a band-aid on a broken leg. Exploring advanced solutions can help mitigate drainage problems around your home.
Sump pump drainage systems are a more advanced solution. Sump pumps are installed in the lowest area of a home and remove water to prevent pooling or flooding. This is achieved by directing the overflow to a sump pit. The water is then pumped out of the pit to a traditional french drain and away from your foundation. Sump pump systems consist of components, like:
- Sump pit
- Discharge pipe
- Check valve
- Pressure sensor
- Centrifugal pump
It can be a time consuming and expensive project to install a french drain. Contractors begin by digging a trench. Perforated pipes are laid in the trenches and covered with gravel to give standing water a channel to flow through. French drains have become a standard solution to prevent ground and surface water from penetrating foundations, but they are not worry-free.
Perforated pipes used in french drains are very susceptible to clogging. The silt and soil that water carries to the lines build up over time. This dramatically slows down water intake and can eventually completely stop it. Blocked drain lines result in standing water. To fix the problem, costly repairs and digging up your yard are necessary.
Homeowners have various solutions to choose from when trying to protect their foundation, such as:
When diverting water away from your foundation becomes a concern, Hydraway is here to help. We know the importance of proper drainage systems and how to drain water away from foundations. To learn more about our solutions, contact Hydraway today.