The landscape of your property and the environment around it play an important role in the health conditions of your building structure and the overall health of your foundation. There are many factors that are responsible for causing structural damage to a building. For example, the humidity and the water index of the soils beneath affect the homes when the soils contract or expand. Depending on the soil's water content the response of the soils will immediately be to expand with excess hydrogen particles from water or to contract and shrink when the aggregate soil lacks hydration.
Having control of the moisture levels in the soils beneath your structure seems like an impossible task. When logically taking into consideration the fact that simply watering your foundation won’t be the only factor you need to take into deliberation, in order to step in a forward direction to a balanced moisture index, without much change to the volume of the soils. We have to take into mind other environmental factors, for instance, the atmosphere and its temperature; at what rate is the water evaporating, or factors such as what vegetation around your foundation is using its roots to drain the water from the soils.
The push on your building from the expansive pressures of over hydrated soils plus the release after the water leaves the ground can put a great deal of stress on the building block of your home. With the continuous change in moisture levels, these recurrent changes can lead to movement and structural suffering.
Having a proper drainage system in place can help facilitate the tedious process when faced with the project of reducing the movement of your foundation. There are several drainage options and picking the right one is just depending on your personal situation or components that pertain to the environmental elements your property faces.
Having proper ways to drainage water from your property is crucial. Not only does a drainage system help keep water away from a foundation, but they also prevent water damage by intercepting excess water and can help control water content surrounding your home. There are several ways that you can implement a proper drainage system in your home.
Some of the most commonly used systems put into practice today can be as easy as extending the downspout of your gutter to pull away several feet from your foundation – to as intricate as placing a French drain system to keep control of excess water.
- French Drains are another common way of moving standing water. They are one of the most popular ways of solving the issue of standing water by setting a fragmented plastic pipe that allows for surface water to easily make it into the subsurface soils. Ultimately, they can be used as a way to move water to a designated area, but with the perforated pipe, some water will be left behind in areas of need.
- Drain Pipes can be a clean, fast and effective way of moving water from a standing puddle. In order for this type of drainage system to work you need a discharge area lower than the water inlet allowing for a proper slope for fluids to flow with the use of underground PVC
- Berm/Site Grading is a process of changing your surface landscape to encourage the desired direction of the excess water flow. Many drainage issues are stemmed from poor grading techniques during a home’s construction.
Causes of Standing Water
A major cause for the standing water in your yard comes from compacted soils that have undergone densification, the stress on the soil has displaced the air particles between the soil grains − taking its ability to absorb rainfall and making it more susceptible to erosion and runoff.
Compacted soils hold less oxygen making it difficult for plants to survive and grow in this environment. There are some treatments you can put in your soil to help with the compaction. Some solutions can be the use of lawn aerators, soil conditioners, or a simple layer of mulch to help can help prevent water runoff.
I recommend that before setting your mind on a drainage system you draw out a drainage plan, and take into consideration all the different factors that are playing a role in the excess water your property needs help dealing with. Choosing only one system can be effective, but a well-thought-out drainage plan to help organize the spare water flow. Organizing a well-thought-out plan can help you integrate different drainage techniques that engage, or interact with each other in order to smooth out the process of moving standing water from your yard into desired areas.
For more information, Allied Foundation welcomes you to call our office and ask any questions that may be of your concern.