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Drainage Systems from The Grounds Guys

By: The Grounds Guys  05/29/2014
Keywords: Drainage Systems, Drainage System, Downspout Drainage

Proper water drainage from your gutters and downspouts is often one of the most often overlooked aspects of your home. All to often homeowners are plagued with water seepage into basements or crawl spaces, and it’s no wonder. A heavy rainfall on an average-size roof can produce hundreds or thousands of gallons of water that spew from the different downspouts around the house. However have poor drainage can actually cost you tens of thousands of dollars in foundation repairs due to the hydrostatic pressure on your foundation. Hydrostatic pressure is the weight of water when it’s at rest. One gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. One inch of rain falling onto 1,000 sq. ft. of roof translates into more than 600 gallons of water, which weighs roughly 5,000 lbs, which if not properly dealt with, can result in what you see in the picture to the right. It’s a big source of foundation repair and basement waterproofing problems. Poor drainage, clay soil, underground water sources and extreme weather all contribute to hydrostatic pressure. The hydrostatic pressure pushes against your basement foundation and will eventually cause cracks, leaks, acid damage and other problems. So as you can imagine, having your downspouts empty directly next to your foundation isn’t ideal. This is also why having clogged gutters (or no gutters at all) is not good for your home. Drainage pipe mid-installWhich is why CELC recommends proper drainage techniques. Using PVC or flexible piping, we make sure to bring the runoff from your downspouts 8 to 10 feet away from your home. This ensures that all that hydrostatic pressure is taken away from your foundation and dispersed into your lawn. If your basement is always damp, or looks like the picture above, installing proper drainage for your downspouts is going to be a good first step towards fixing the problem. (Not to mention much cheaper than foundation repair)

Keywords: Downspout Drainage, Drainage System, Drainage Systems, Gutter Drainage

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