Facts About Your Home & Rain

If you live on this earth with rain and you live in a home, the you will experience water issues eventually or possibly constantly. Be prepared now with some of these facts about your home and rain.

The Facts 

 60% of homes, old or new, experience water damage.

Water gains entry to your basement/crawl space through poor drainage or a compromised foundation. A compromised foundation could be a mixture of age and hydrostatic pressure.

There are ways to remedy your water problems in the long run. 

  • Extend your downspouts and make sure water is traveling away & down from your home. Less water next to your foundation is better in the short term.
  • Waterproof your basement/crawl space; that way, any water coming from the outside cannot penetrate your home, and any water will safely drain from your foundation and go outside. 

French Drains: A french drainage system, also known as a weeping tile, is essentially a trench containing a perforated pipe that is then filled with clean gravel and used to help channel excess water from the yard downspout extensions. Having this installed on your home will prevent ground and surface water from damaging the foundation of your home and cause water leaks in the basement.

Yard Drainage: Another way to waterproof the exterior of a home is to improve the yard drainage. If you see puddles forming in your yard after a heavy rainstorm, it’s a sign to install a yard drainage system. This will generally include some grading of the area around the house to ensure all the yard slopes away and installing a french drain system to channel surface water away from the yard.

Waterproof Paint/Sealant is not a fix.

We’ve said it before, and we will repeat it. Waterproof/resistant paint/seals make water damage worse! 

  • Paints/sealants do not stop water intrusion; it more or so acts as a plug. The moisture build-up will only trap mold behind these paints. So not only do you have water intrusion, now you have mold intrusion. 
  • Paints/sealants do not fix your foundation. If your foundation is cracking & bowing, no amount of pint can fix it. If your foundation is cracking, that’s why water may come in. You can seal these cracks, but that will not stop your foundation from breaking down more. The only fix is a foundation repair and proper drainage installation. 

It doesn’t take that much water. 

It doesn’t take a flood to damage your foundation. Whether it be snow, rain, or even just humidity, any water can break down your foundation. You could over-water your yard & potentially create problems eventually. 

  • One inch of rain on 1 acre of land leaves soil-filled close to 27,700 gallons of water. 
  • One inch of rain of 1/4th acre of land leaves soil-filled close to 7,000 gallons of water.
  • One inch of rain in a normal-sized window well is almost 4 gallons of water. 

One spring of moderate rainfall can lead to your home having water intrusion. It’s inevitable, but you can always take precautions and consult a waterproofing company about your home and any questions you may have about water damage.