Poor drainage can become a serious problem for homeowners in the Tulsa metro area for many reasons. Erosion and cracking of concrete sidewalks, patios, retaining walls, fences and foundations are all caused by poor drainage. When water enters a gap or crack in these materials, it can put severe pressure on the foundations causing major issues. Here are a few of the most visible warning signs of poor drainage:
1. Large Areas of Standing Water
On property with good drainage, water should flow away from the home or building and should be directed toward storm drains or other safe areas for water to go. Drainage can suffer when your lawn’s grading is too flat causing water too pool on you lawn, creating mud and killing patches of grass. Ensure your gutters and downspouts direct water away from your home and foundation. Drainage correction may also involve correcting your property’s grading to ensure water to flows away from your home.
2. Dead or Dying Plants
Although the plants in your landscaping require water to grow, too much water can cause your plants to drown and die. Wilting flowers, browning leaves, and rotting roots can all be signs of poor drainage in your landscaping. If you have slopes, ensure runoff water is directed to a drainage system such as a pipe or a ditch. Ensure slopes are stable or runoff water could cause erosion or landslides. Design your landscape so that water flows away from your home and ends up in the street drain. The longer poor drainage exists in landscaping around the exterior of your home, the more likely erosion will occur, often exposing your foundation and contributing to damage.
3. Damage to Your Home’s Foundation
Damage to your home’s foundation will either be caused or exacerbated by poor drainage. As water leaks into the foundation it can cause it to erode and wear away causing it to sink and settle improperly. This often leads to problems throughout the home such as the development of cracks in the walls, sticking doors and windows, and more.
Drainage problems need to be addressed early to avoid major damage and foundation repairs down the road. If you are experiencing drainage or foundation problems, give our office a call at 918-366-3001 and we will provide you with a free on-site assessment and estimate.