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Without good foundation drainage, your home is exposed to water damage that can cause mold growth, rot, wall and floor cracks, and even compromise your home’s structural integrity.

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Ensuring a safe and dry basement starts with proper foundation drainage. Preventing water from getting into your basement or even just soaking the soil around it can help you maintain a stable and healthy home.  

With areas throughout Michigan prone to heavy rainfalls, you need high-quality drainage that will easily handle large volumes of water and direct them away from your property. With professional help, you can be at ease knowing that your home is finally safe from water damage.  

Poor Foundation Drainage Issues  

You cannot maintain a healthy home without a healthy and strong foundation. Thereby, a cracked foundation can severely impact your home’s well-being and even affect your quality of life.   

To prevent those cracks from appearing you need to ensure a good drainage system. Cracks are often caused by increased hydrostatic pressure. This is a force that can push against your basement floor and walls until they eventually crack and let water in.  

Hydrostatic pressure often rises during heavy storms, when large volumes of water saturate the soil. In addition, it can increase when large amounts of snow begin to melt. With proper drainage you can direct water away from your home, thereby minimizing the hydrostatic pressure around your foundation.   

If water is already in your basement, leaving it there is the worst thing you could do. Standing water can cause pest invasion, and increase humidity levels in your basement, therefore creating a whole new variety of problems. Mold, mildew, and rot thrive in damp and dark places, so they can quickly spread throughout your humid basement. Furthermore, your drywall, carpeting, and any items you have stored down there will get damaged.  

Repairing a Faulty Drainage System  

It is not at all surprising that most homeowners would rather repair their existing drainage system than opt for a new one. After all, this option is more affordable, more convenient, and less invasive. However, this option is only possible if you detect the problem with the drainage system early on. To do this, you will need to schedule regular maintenance with a professional. They have the skills and experience to detect signs of foundation damage early on and can recommend suitable solutions. With regular checkups, you will be able to prevent breakdowns and address the problems before they escalate.  

Unfortunately, there are situations where replacing the whole system is unavoidable. If the drainage system wasn’t properly maintained and has started to deteriorate, you will need to invest in a new one.  

At Foundation Systems of Michigan, we aim to make this process as easy for you as possible. Our expert will come to your home to assess the situation, and after a thorough inspection recommend waterproofing solutions that will suit your home the most. For instance, if your home is prone to flooding issues, we can recommend our state-of-the-art Sump Pump System. Our Elite 365™ Sump Pump System contains three pumps. Together, the primary, secondary, and back-up pumps will keep your basement protected against water damage in all kinds of situations, including a blackout. This system pairs perfectly with our AquaStop® Drainage System. This interior drainage system is placed on top of the foundation footing and surrounded by drainage stone, so it will never clog. Also, it doesn’t involve heavy excavation, unlike the exterior drainage system. 

When you decide which waterproofing methods you want for your place, our contractors will install them for you and make sure that everything is working properly.  

Here at Foundation Systems of Michigan, we offer state-of-the-art appliances and durable, high-quality systems throughout the Lower Peninsula and the Eastern Upper Peninsula in Michigan as well as in Northern Ohio and Toledo.  

What Causes Foundation Drainage Problems?  

Fixing foundation drainage problems is not something you want to postpone. These issues can severely harm your home and make it unsanitary, humid, moldy, and unsafe for you and your family.   

If your drainage system is malfunctioning, check out these potential issues and see whether they are the cause of your drainage problems:  

  • Broken Sump Pump  

If your pump is broken, water that is accumulating below your home can easily infiltrate your basement and damage your possessions. Without a functioning pump that water will stay there until you remove it. In the meantime, it can cause humidity levels to rise and wreak havoc all over your basement, and eventually, your entire home.  

  • Clogged or Damaged Drains and Gutters  

Drains and gutters are designed to direct water away from your home. However, if they become blocked, they can cause backflow. In other words, water will return to where it came from – your home. Sometimes, the water can exit the pipe through a weak spot in the drain network.  

When it comes to gutters, they can easily get clogged by leaves, dirt, and debris. When water runs into a blockage, it will spill over the gutter, soaking the ground around your home. Gutters can also crack and leak as they age, which is why regular maintenance and inspection are a must. During those checkups make sure you keep your eyes open for loose fasteners. Hangers, nails, and screws that keep the gutters in place can become loose over time and cause leaks.  

  • Drain Outflow  

If your drainage system is designed to dump water close to your home, you will end up with foundation issues even though your drainage network is functioning flawlessly. When water from the drains settles next to your foundation walls, it will soak the soil around them, causing an increase in hydrostatic pressure.   

  • Foundation Cracks  

Even if your drainage system works perfectly, you will always face problems with your foundation if you do not address the source of water leaks. Therefore, contact your local contractor and have them take a look at your foundation. Foundation cracks in the floor or the walls can let moisture into your basement. They are also a sign of serious underlying problems such as foundation settlement. That is why it is recommended to have your home inspected by a foundation expert. 

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  • Hydrostatic Pressure 

Foundation cracks can also be a result of hydrostatic pressure around the basement. Hydrostatic pressure is a force that can push against your basement floor and walls until they eventually crack and let water in. It often rises during heavy storms, when large volumes of water saturate the soil. In addition, it can increase when large amounts of snow begin to melt. Without proper drainage solutions, your foundation can experience numerous problems. On the other hand, with them, you can direct water away from your home, thereby minimizing the hydrostatic pressure around your foundation. 

Repairing a Faulty Drainage System  

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It is not at all surprising that most homeowners would rather repair their existing drainage system than opt for a new one. After all, this option is more affordable, more convenient, and less invasive. However, this option is only possible if you detect the problem with the drainage system early on. To do this, you will need to schedule regular maintenance with a professional. They have the skills and experience to detect signs of foundation damage early on and can recommend suitable solutions. With regular checkups, you will be able to prevent breakdowns and address the problems before they escalate.  

Unfortunately, there are situations where replacing the whole system is unavoidable. If the drainage system wasn’t properly maintained and has started to deteriorate, you will need to invest in a new one. Here at Foundation Systems of Michigan, we aim to make this process as easy for you as possible. Our expert will come to your home to assess the situation, and after a thorough inspection recommend waterproofing solutions that will suit your home the most. When you decide which waterproofing methods you want for your place, our contractors will install them for you and make sure that everything is working properly.  

Here at Foundation Systems of Michigan, we offer state-of-the-art appliances and durable, high-quality systems throughout the Lower Peninsula and the Eastern Upper Peninsula in Michigan as well as in Northern Ohio and Toledo.  

Can I Repair My Drainage System on My Own?  

Any repairs regarding your foundation should be left to professionals. They need to be done to perfection, otherwise, they won’t ensure your foundation’s health.  

With that said, there is something you can do on your own, and that is to properly maintain your gutters and drains. By cleaning blockages and clogs on time, you can prolong their life span.  Cleaning the gutters can be done by hand, after which you should rinse them thoroughly with your garden hose to remove any leftover debris. On the other hand, if you want to clean your drains, you can use drain snakes that will help you get rid of stubborn debris that is located deep inside the pipes.  

If your drainage system is dumping water too close to your home, you can place a drainage tray under the outflow. This way you will prevent water from soaking the ground around your foundation and increasing hydrostatic pressure. Keep in mind that this is only a temporary solution that will serve its purpose until your local contractor installs a durable waterproofing solution.  

While regular maintenance is highly advised, DIY fixes are not recommended. Repairs regarding your foundation always require a special set of skills as well as tools and machinery. Trying to patch things on your own can be a recipe for disaster. In the long run, it will cost you a lot more than hiring a professional.  

While cheap repair solutions you can find at your local hardware store might seem tempting, they won’t get the job done. Whether you need to repair or replace your foundation drainage system, leave it to the professionals. This is a complicated process and even a minor mistake could further damage your home.  

Experts at Foundation Systems of Michigan can inspect your home, assess the damage, and recommend a variety of solutions that are suitable for your home. With a personalized waterproofing plan, you can permanently repair the damage and ensure that similar problems won’t occur ever again. Leaving things to the professionals can not only save you time and money but also make the repairs much less stressful for you and your family.  

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Any repairs on your foundation should be left to professionals. They need to be done to perfection, otherwise, they won’t ensure your foundation’s health.  

Ensure Proper Maintenance 

Make sure to properly maintain your gutters and drains. By cleaning blockages and clogs on time, you can prolong their life span. Cleaning the gutters can be done by hand, after which you should rinse them thoroughly with your garden hose to remove any leftover debris. On the other hand, if you want to clean your drains, you can use drain snakes that will help you get rid of stubborn debris that is located deep inside the pipes.  

If your drainage system is dumping water too close to your home, you can place a drainage tray under the outflow. This way, you will prevent water from soaking the ground around your foundation and increasing hydrostatic pressure. Keep in mind that this is only a temporary solution that will serve its purpose until your local contractor installs a durable waterproofing solution.  

Call Professionals For Help 

While regular maintenance is highly advised, DIY fixes are not recommended. Repairs on your foundation always require a special set of skills as well as tools and machinery. Trying to patch things on your own can cost you a lot more than hiring a professional in the long run. 

Experts at Foundation Systems of Michigan can inspect your home, assess the damage, and recommend a variety of solutions that are suitable for your home. With a personalized waterproofing plan, you can permanently repair the damage and ensure that similar problems won’t occur ever again. Leaving things to the professionals can not only save you time and money but also make the repairs much less stressful for you and your family.

To detect foundation problems on time you need to inspect your foundation regularly. If you notice something suspicious, keeping an eye on the problem will help you prevent it from getting out of hand.  

Annual Inspections  

If you have just moved into a new home, you probably do not anticipate foundation problems to occur right away. However, it is recommended to conduct a routine check once a year to see whether everything is in order. This way you can notice a problem as soon as it shows up and nips it in the bud.  

This may seem redundant, but keep in mind that there are so many things that could damage your foundation. In addition, foundation problems can quickly escalate, so by skipping just one inspection you are giving them enough time to spiral out of control. The sooner you catch a problem, the easier it will be to fix it, not to mention cheaper.  

Monthly Checkups  

If during one of the inspections you notice that your foundation is experiencing some issues, you will need to increase the frequency of assessments to once a month. For example, cracks in your foundation can just be cosmetical, but they can also be a sign of foundation settlement. Keeping an eye on them and contacting a professional as soon as you notice any changes can save you a lot of trouble.  

Of course, it is always best to schedule routine inspections with a professional. Their trained eye will surely notice possible problems sooner so they won’t have time to escalate. Unless you have training in foundation repair, it is better to step aside and leave things to experts.

Lack of proper foundation drainage can put your home at risk of suffering from water damage. The water around your basement or even in your basement can compromise your foundation and the safety of your home on various levels. Not investing in a high-quality drainage system may seem like the most affordable option, but in the long run, it is the most expensive one.  

Unstable Foundation  

The volume of damage water can cause should never be underestimated. While standing water around your foundation or overly saturated soil may seem harmless, it can cause your foundation to move and shift. When this happens, cracks can appear, causing a whole array of other problems. By keeping your foundation properly drained, you won’t just keep it dry, but stable and safe as well.  

If you do not have proper drainage, heavy rains can easily soak the soil beneath your home, making it less stable. As a result, your foundation can begin to settle. Foundation settlement is a serious problem that should not be ignored. It can make your home collapse if left unsupervised. On the other hand, water accumulating beneath your home can push against your foundation floor or walls, making them crack or bow.  

Mold and Rot Growth  

Keeping water away from your home can also prevent mold growth. Mold mostly thrives in dark and damp places, so your humid basement will be an ideal place for it to spread. Since mold releases airborne spores, it also presents a health hazard. If you inhale them, you could end up with serious respiratory issues. On the other hand, wood rot also prefers humid environments. Since rot can damage your wooden supports and drastically weaken them, it can easily compromise your home’s structural integrity.  

Ensuring that your foundation stays dry is the best way to keep mold and rot away from your home. By doing so, you will make your home a safer and healthier place for your family. Furthermore, you will also increase your home’s market value. Nothing can lower the price of the house as quickly as foundation issues, so make sure you invest in a proper drainage system.

Call FSM for High-Quality Foundation Drainage Solutions  

Poor foundation drainage can cause a variety of problems, smaller and larger. It can not only cause mold and wood rot but can also compromise your home’s structural stability and make it unsafe for you and your family. If you want to ensure your home’s health, you need to address drainage problems before they get out of hand. Contacting Michigan professionals is your best option.

At Foundation Systems of Michigan, we offer free inspections and quotes, so you can find out what is aching your foundation, free of charge. Our assessments do not obligate you in any way to reserve our services. Our experts will recommend waterproofing solutions and patiently explain how they will benefit your home, but it is entirely up to you whether you will schedule repairs with our team.

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