Basement drainage may seem quite scary at first, but it is one of the most common water problems we see in Iowa and Nebraska. Especially during the spring, extra moisture in the soil can mean extra pressure on your foundation. While water in your basement is never a great sign, you may be relieved to know that this common problem can be easily repaired!
Basement drainage in Iowa can be caused by a number of things, but you can help dissolve the issue by maintaining these few things throughout the year as needed:
Clean Your Gutters
Tree debris like leaves, sticks, seeds, and flowers often get caught in gutters. If your gutters are clogged, rainwater cannot effectively drain away from the foundation. If water is not properly moved away from the foundation, it will seep into small cracks. Keep your gutters clear of debris, and be sure that water is directed away from the foundation by at least 10 feet.
Create Foundation-Friendly Landscaping
Clay-based soils should be used around the home’s foundation and should be sloped away from any exterior walls. If possible, avoid adding mulch, river rocks, and other loose soils next to the house. This type of landscaping allows water to travel directly down the side of your foundation if it isn’t properly graded. Over time, loose soils will wash away, leaving the foundation unprotected. As a general rule of thumb, the first ten feet closest to the structure should slope at least six inches downward. This gradation will help keep water from draining into the basement or flooding around the foundation.
Look for Cracks
Do some self inspecting around your home each spring! Look for any new or larger cracks in your walls and floors. Generally hairline cracks, or settlement cracks, do not allow water to enter. However, any cracks larger than that are in need of repair and should be addressed immediately to avoid further damage.
Call the Pros
We know that foundation issues can sometimes be overwhelming. But it’s better to be proactive than reactive, so if you notice any changes to your foundation, please feel free to contact us for a free estimate!