While much attention is given to foundation repair, preventing foundation issues in the first place is the most practical and cost-effective way to avoid foundation failure. One key component of preventing foundation issues is effective water management. In this article, we’ll take a look at what water management is, why it’s important, and how you can build a water management system for your home that will help prevent your foundation from being damaged.
What is a Water Management System?
Water can be very destructive to a home if it is not managed properly. A water management system is designed to prevent water-related damage by controlling how water flows around your home.
Every home is unique, and the exact system required to effectively direct water away from your foundation will vary depending on the exact nature of your property. However, there are a few components of a water management system that are commonly used.
Components of a water management system may include things such as your gutter system, the slope of your lawn, French drains and other drainage systems, and more. By directing water away from your home, a water management system is able to prevent water from collecting around the home’s foundation.
Why is Water Management Important?
If you don’t live in a flood-prone area, water damage may not be something that you give much thought to. However, you don’t have to experience flooding in order for water to damage your foundation.
Even small amounts of water flowing around your foundation can erode away the soil beneath your home over time. This destroys the support that your foundation is resting on, which may cause your foundation to settle. As a foundation settles, it can sustain serious cracks due to the forces the foundation experiences while settling. A settling foundation can also create gaps and misalignments, cracks in your wall, flooding in your basement, and more.
While eroding away the soil beneath your foundation is the primary concern that comes about when you have an excess amount of water around your home, excess water can also damage the foundation itself. As water seeps into the small cracks in your foundation, it can cause those cracks to grow larger over time.
In order to prevent water from eroding away the soil beneath your foundation and increasing the size of any cracks that may be present in the concrete, a water management system is essential.
With that said, it’s also important to ensure that the soil beneath your home does receive a certain amount of water. While having water gather around your foundation and erode away the soil beneath it certainly isn’t ideal, you don’t want the soil beneath your foundation completely drying out, either. Completely dry soil makes for a poor support, which may cause your foundation to incur damage. Therefore, a good water management system will direct the majority of the water away from your home while still ensuring that the soil beneath and around your foundation does receive some water.
Conducting a Water Management Consultation
If you are concerned about water gathering around your foundation due to a poor water management system, the first step is to have a professional look at your water management system and determine if changes need to be made. Often times, it isn’t all that easy to tell how effective or ineffective your water management system is based solely on your own observations. To determine if there is really an issue that needs to be addressed, you will need to conduct a water management consultation.
During your water management consultation, a water management expert will thoroughly inspect both your home’s foundation and its water management system. This consolation will determine how serious the issue is – if there is an issue at all – and what steps need to be taken.
Building a Water Management System for Your Home
If you don’t have an effective water management system in place, building one will likely be the best way to protect the integrity of your foundation. The process involved with building a water management system may vary depending on the exact nature of your home and property. However, the process may entail things such as adding new drainage systems, making changes to your gutters, and other repairs designed to change the way water flows around your home.
If you would like to evaluate your home’s current water management system to see if it needs to be changed, you can count on the water management experts at Abry Brothers. At Abry Brothers, we have been successfully managing water for foundations since 1840. Building effective water management systems that will prolong the life of the property is one of our most longstanding specialties, and we would be happy to help you effectively and affordably address any issues with your current water management system.
To schedule a water management consultation, feel free to contact us today.