Drainage problems are common in both residential and commercial areas.
However, most people aren’t even aware if their places have those drain problems. Worse, by the time they finally found out, it’s already too late.
When sudden heavy rains do come, flood is certain if the drains are clogged. This can cause damage to your property. As a result, you’ll be spending thousands of dollars for the repairs. You could have avoided those expenses if you found out earlier about the problem.
Well, some people are already aware their place has a drainage issue. However, the problem seems small and significant. But when the time comes, flooding and sanitation issues go out of hand.
That’s why it’s good to spot those problems early on. It’s also good to take urgent action on those problems. This way, you’ll avoid the more difficult problems once sudden heavy rains come. In the end, you’ll actually save thousands of dollars.
In this short guide, we’ll briefly discuss how to spot drainage problems. We’ll also discuss a few solutions you can apply immediately. Let’s begin.
Drainage problem signs you have to watch out
Do you see water stains in your basement?
It might be a common sight. But there might be serious problems hiding there. That’s the case especially if the stain extends in a line around your basement. It’s a high water mark that could be caused either by low basement level or fluctuating water table. Later in this article, we’ll discuss the solution to this problem.
Aside from water stains in the basement, you should also look for foundation cracks.
Those cracks might have been there ever since the house was built (or since when it was last renovated). Those cracks in the foundation could just be normal. However, there’s a problem if those cracks continue to widen.
The two signs mentioned above are both interior problems. Another sign to watch out for can be found outside. It’s time to look at the yard, especially after rains.
If the yard is always flooding, that means the soil doesn’t drain properly. The accumulated water (and its prolonged stay there) can cause frequent dampness in the yard. Also, the water can cause some carves on and around the landscape. It ruins the view and it’s simply not a pleasant sight to see.
These signs are pretty easy to spot. You can check your yard, foundation, and basement right now and see if there are any problems. Once you’ve confirmed your suspicions, you can go back to this article and explore the solutions.
If you’re uncertain whether you have drainage problems or not, you can also ask the experts for some help. You can call us at +1 416-858-4444 if you have any questions about drains. We offer a free consultation.
Drainage solutions: Drain clearing, repair, and waterproofing
Have you checked your yard, basement, and foundation?
If you see the signs and you’re sure there are underlying problems, it’s time to explore the solutions.
As mentioned earlier, water stains in the basement could mean serious problem. To avoid the potential flooding, one way is to install an interior drain system and sump pump. This will pump out the wastewater and flood out of the area. It will keep the place dry even during sudden rains or outflow of water.
What about the cracks in the foundation? If those cracks continue to widen over the months and years, there might be some risks. To know the extent of the problem, you can consult experts. They will help you assess the risks and figure out cost-effective solutions for the problem.
Now, let’s explore the solutions for your yard. If your garden turns into a swamp after some rain, there’s a problem with your outdoor drain system.
Water often accumulates in lower-lying areas because of gravity. If the pathways for the water to flow are blocked, it will continually accumulate there. Your garden might be naturally lower (or the area becomes lower due to soil erosion) compared to the surrounding areas. That’s why the water naturally accumulates there.
However, that’s no excuse for the garden to turn into an occasional swamp. The drainage system must carry the water further down and out of the area. Maybe the drain opening near the soil is somehow clogged. It could also be that the drain pipes underneath the ground are damaged or clogged due to accumulation of dirt and debris.
What to do?
Your drainage problems might require drain clearing, repair, or waterproofing. In all cases, a team of experienced professionals can help you solve those problems.
As a Toronto-based certified company, we have a team of pros with over 15 years of experience. We can clear the clogged drains (and prevent potential flooding). We provide Toronto waterproofing services as well.
Call us now at +1 416-858-4444 if you want a free consultation.