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Preventative home maintenance

Poor drainage systems can affect the foundation of your home and its structure

When sewer systems back-up, sewage can enter your home through drains and toilets – bringing in bacteria and other harmful contaminants damaging your property and raise health concerns for you and your family

Be aware of the side effects of a poor drainage system

Erosion and cracking of concrete sidewalks, patios, retaining walls, fences and foundations are all caused by poor drainage. When water enters a gap or crack in these materials, it puts intense pressure on the foundations causing unexpected problems. Further side effects of poor drainage are moss, mildew, insects, and rodents.

Consider remedying any drainage issues that your home has. Not only will your property be more enjoyable, but it will be protected through the rain and storm season

Tips to maintain your drains:

  • Ensure your gutters and downspouts direct water away from your home and foundation.
  • Clean and unblock exterior drains yearly to avoid excessive pressure on your foundation.
  • Hire a professional to inspect your foundation from the exterior and interior, including the basement or crawlspace.
  • Seal concrete and wood structures with a protective coating every few years.
  • Use a sump pump to drain water away from your home and onto another area of your property
  • If you have slopes, ensure runoff water is directed to a drainage system such as a pipe or a ditch. Ensure slopes are stable or runoff water could cause erosion or landslides.
  • Design your landscape so that water ends up in the street drain.

Use nature to help

Plant trees and other foliage around your property to help with natural drainage. Avoid using chemicals and pesticides on your garden, as this can be hazardous to the environment.