Finding a lake on your front lawn that wasn’t there yesterday is a pretty good indication that you have a drainage problem. Most of the time the issue won’t be anywhere near that obvious, drainage problems don’t just leaf a pond in your yard they can actually damage the foundation of your house. Here are 6 signs you have a drainage problem.
1. Overflowing Gutters
When leaves or other debris are clogging your gutters, instead of the water flowing through the gutters to the downspouts it overflows and you have waterfalls all around your house. You will see streaks of dirt running down the side of your home and if it has been going on long enough then the paint may even start to peel. You need to get this fixed before there is real damage done, fortunately it is as simple as cleaning out your gutters.
2. Misplaced Downspouts
Downspouts are supposed to take the rain from your roof and gutters and dump it into the ground away from your house. If they aren’t installed properly you can have all that rain dumping against your foundation and then it will end up in your basement. Flooded basements are huge problems, that can cause you thousands in damage.
3. Water Stains Along Basement Walls
There are two possibilities for why you have water stains on the basement walls. The first is caused by rainwater coming in through the foundation and believe it or not that is the better of the two. If the problem is cause by underground water then you have much bigger and more expensive problem. If the stains are higher on the wall then it is a good sign that it has been caused by rain.
4. Cracks in Your Foundation
It is normal for cracks to appear over time as your house settles, most won’t cause you any problems at all then don’t reach the inside of your home. You need to keep an eye out for bigger cracks, anything that is more than a ¼ inch wide. Check the width from time to time and check and see if it is growing. The small cracks that happen as the house settle can easily be fixed with some caulking or hydraulic cement. Widening cracks mean a drainage problem that is ruining your foundation.
5. Must and Mildew in Your Attic
Most homeowners look for drainage problems in their basement and not the attic but the attic can be a problem area too. If rain is pooling on your roof it can start affecting your attic. You will start seeing mildew on the underside of the roof and it will smell musty up there. It can also be caused by your bathroom venting hot moist air into the attic and causing condensation. On the other hand you could have a leak in the roof and may need a roofing contractor to come have a look.
6. Mineral Deposits on the Basement Walls
If you notice a white or grayish film on the walls of your basement, that is an indicator that there was water there. It is the mineral deposits left behind after the water has dried. It can indicate that water is getting in through the foundation, usually because your downspouts are sending water away from your home. It can lead to bigger problems if it hasn’t been treated.