Inadequate drainage can be a serious problem for homeowners in the Los Angeles area for a variety of reasons. Among the issues caused by poor drainage are, erosion, and cracking in concrete sidewalks & walkways, patio slab floors, retaining walls, fences and foundation. If water seeps through a gap or crack in these materials, this can put severe pressure on the foundation and lead to some very significant issues. Here are a few of the most commonly visible warning signs of a drainage issue:
1. Large Surfaces of Standing Water
In order for a property to drain effectively, water must flow away from the home or building and should be directed toward storm drains or other areas away from the home. If your lawn’s grading is simply too flat, water will pool up on your lawn, leaving it muddy and killing patches of grass. This can be prevented if you ensure your gutters and downspouts direct water away from your property and foundation. Some homes will require further drainage correction measures, such as adjusting the properties grading to ensure water drains away efficiently.
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2. Dead or Dying Plants
While your landscaping does require water to grow, excessive amounts can actually cause your plants to drown and die. Wilting flowers, browning leaves, and rotting roots all indicate poor drainage. If you have slopes, ensure runoff water is directed to a drainage system such as a pipe or a ditch. Then you must check to see that the slopes are stable, and that the runoff water will not cause erosion or landslides. You should design your landscape so that water flows away from your home towards the street drains. The longer poor drainage remains uncorrected in the landscaping around the exterior of your home, the more likely erosion is to occur, which can damage or expose your foundation.
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3. Foundation Damage
Poor drainage can both cause and exacerbate damage to a home’s foundation. As water leaks into the foundation, this causes it to deteriorate and wear away, and allows it to sink and settle improperly. This can lead to problems throughout the home, such as the development of cracks in the walls, sticking doors or windows, and other issues.
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Drainage issues must be addressed early in order to prevent severe damage and costly foundation repairs in the long term. If you are dealing with drainage or other foundation problems, give our office a call at 323-418-2239 and we will provide a free* on-site assessment and estimate.