Common Problem: Poor Drainage

Bad Gutters and Downspouts Potentially Cause Foundation Settlement

There are many things a homeowner has to take into consideration when it comes to a home’s foundation. It’s difficult to keep track of everything that causes foundation settlement or foundation failure. That being said, it is good to be aware of common problems that add risk or result in damage so that you can be on the lookout for them. One such issue is poor drainage and the resulting pooling of water around your foundation. This causes foundation settlement and is a very risky situation that can lead to the need for costly repairs. So what does poor drainage mean for your home?

Take a Close Look at Your Gutters and Downspouts

One of the major causes of pooling and flooded areas around your home is your gutters and downspouts. Gutters that are clogged allow water to spill over the sides. If a gutter is damaged then water can pour out from one particular area and cause water to pool underneath it.

Damaged gutters and downspouts can lead to foundation settlement

Downspouts can become disconnected from the gutter, which causes water to pool beneath that area. Additionally, they too can become clogged and water can overflow causing a similar result. It is a smart practice to regularly check around the perimeter of your home and inspect all your gutters and downspouts to catch any issues or damage before pooling and flooding begin.

What Can Happen When There is a Prolonged Problem

If left unchecked, poor drainage caused by gutters and downspouts can lead to excessive water pooling and flooding around your foundation. With all that added moisture, the clay soil around your home can expand. This causes foundation settlement, or the foundation may heave upward. Over time and prolonged exposure, the condition can (and will) worsen leading to a potentially dangerous situation and costly repairs.

Some of the foundation repair solutions we recommend include Helical Piers and Magic Jacks. For most homes, helical piers are the most affordable solution for stabilization, and they can be installed efficiently and quickly. In addition, helical piers can be installed in virtually all weather conditions.

Call Stapleton Foundation Systems if You Have Foundation Concerns

At Stapleton, we understand that each foundation situation is unique. If you have concerns about your foundation, contact us today so that we can perform a free inspection. Our professional foundation repair experts will work with you, every step of the way, to find and design the best foundation repair solution for your home. We have locations in Macon / Bolingbroke and Augusta, GA, and are proud to serve these locations and their surrounding areas.