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Installing a Drainage System

For proper foundation maintenance, keeping water for surrounding your home is paramount.  The initial step to take to ensure that your Houston area home is protected from the rainy storm season is to channel water away from your home’s foundation.  A properly installed drainage system is instrumental in moving water away from your home and protecting it from needing slab leveling adjustments.  Also, having the proper grade on your lawn away from your home will help as well.  If you have an incorrect slope in your landscaping it could be pushing water back against your home causing excess moisture to settle around your foundation.

To fully understand the issues you may be facing regarding hurricane season and your foundation you should have a slab foundation repair specialist out to your home to perform an evaluation.  Most homeowner’s that are experiencing issues with water drainage can easily solve it with a French drain installation.  With a combination of surface drains and a French drain there are no standing water issues that cannot be solved.

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Utilize Gutter Systems Effectively

Another great way to help minimize the moisture around your Houston home and prevent unnecessary damage is to ensure that you have gutters installed on your home and you are properly using them to move water away from your house.  One of the most common issues with gutter downspouts is that they often are only supported with a brick run-off and not a proper length of extension.  These extensions come in many different styles, shapes and sizes.  The main goal of the gutter system on a home is to move water away from the foundation so it is pointless to let the water dump back onto the ground next to the home.  Use a downspout extension to move the water at least 24 inches away from the house foundation.

Lastly, the most common drawback to a house gutter system is maintenance.  You can hire someone to come clean out your gutters a few times a year, or you can invest in a gutter guard.  A guard typically inserts into the top of the gutter and does not allow any type of debris to enter the gutter.  Without a gutter guard you are left with an open spot for leaves and debris to build up and create a less effective water removal method.

If you are noticing that you have standing water and you are having foundation issues as well you should give us a call at 713-467-8981 or schedule a free evaluation through our contact form.  We can help you solve your drainage issues, provide you with foundation repair facts and get you back on solid ground.

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