In a perfectly designed yard, water should pool away from the foundation of your home. The slope of the home should be designed so that water flows away from the home. However, not every yard is perfectly designed and even those that are can have their slopes disintegrate and wash away over the years. If water is not draining away from the home, and instead, is draining toward the home, you may need a foundation French drain. The French drain absorbs the water and drains it away from the home, protecting the foundation. Here are a few of the signs that this is something you may be in need of.
Pooling Water Around the Base of Your Home
One of the tell-tale signs that you may be in need of a French drain near your foundation is pooling or puddling water around the base of your home. After a storm or after your sprinklers have been going for awhile, walk the perimeter of your home. What do you see? If you see puddles of water or water just sitting at the base of your home, a French drain system may be beneficial.
Signs of Water in Your Basement or Crawlspace
Another one of the signs that you may need a foundation French drain is having water or signs of water in your basement or crawlspace. Your insulation or walls may show signs of water damage, or there may be puddles of water in the space. When water is pooling at the foot of your home, it may seep through soil and concrete walls, into these spaces. Water can be damaging to these spaces, can invite pests in and can cause these spaces to deteriorate. A drainage system keeps water out.
Mold in Your Basement or Crawlspace
The last sign that you may need a drainage system for your foundation is mold, mildew or a mold or mildew small in your basement or crawlspace. If you notice any mold or mildew, or the scent of either, it indicates that moisture is present in the space. Without moisture, these items would not be able to grow and thrive. A foundation drainage system can prevent water from entering the space, ensuring that mold and mildew cannot grow in the basement or crawlspace.
Water that is sitting, puddling or pooling at your home’s foundation can cause many problems. It can lead to flooding in your basement, water issues in your crawl space, mold and mildew problems and the erosion of your home’s foundation. If you are showing any of these signs, you may need a foundation French drain to help move water away and keep your foundation safe.