7 Signs you have a drainage problem

7 Signs you have a drainage problem

Catching draining problems early can save you loads of money later.  By taking care of the problem before you have puddles in your basement, not to mention hundreds of dollars of damage, you’ll be spared not only the money, but a huge headache too.  If you are not a professional, however, diagnosing these problems could be a challenge.  So here are some easy tips to help you spot the problem before it occurs.  And, as with all of your landscaping needs, JBird’s is the reliable company to call.  They have installed French drains all throughout the Pittsburgh area, so call them today for a free quote and to determine if an installation is right for you.    

  1. OVERFLOWING GUTTERS – Vertical streaks of dirt on the outside of gutters, mud splashed on the siding of your house, or paint peeling in upright strips is telltale signs of a leakage problem.
  2. WATER IN THE BASEMENT—It doesn’t take a detective to figure out that if you have water in your basement, you have a drainage problem. The type of water stain though, and where it is located, can help determine the severity of the problem and help to figure out the best solution. 

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  4. CRACKS IN THE FOUNDATION—All homes have small cracks in the foundation. It is normal to see these crevices as the house settles.  Fissures larger than 1/8 of an inch, however, could foretell a problem.  Monitor these cracks closely and call a professional if they grow any larger.
  5. CRUST ON WALLS—Areas of white or gray finish shedding on your walls indicate mineral deposits left behind by water. If your wall is flaking in large patches, the water is entering your brick, concrete, or stone walls and causing the surface to peel.
  6. MILDEW IN THE HOME—If you spot mold in your basement, you likely have problems from both above and below. You may have accumulated moisture due to roof leaks above, and from below, you may find mold as a result of moisture that can’t drain properly. So if you begin to smell mildew, check for leaks.  Improper drainage will cause the moisture to condense behind walls and under carpets, therefore producing a moldy odor.
  7. MOVING MULCH—If you notice mulch showing up in places in your yard where it shouldn’t be, this too, can be a sign of a drainage problem. When soil doesn’t drain properly, rainfall can cause alterations in the landscape and cause your mulch to drift where it shouldn’t.

Any of these signs should act as warning. Be proactive and take care of the problem before it starts!  JBird’s Landscaping and Excavating LLC is a name you can trust.  Give yourself peace of mind in regards to your home and let them do what they do best.  Call the experts today at 412-224-0639.

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