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Water Damage To Your Foundation Causes Major Problems

Jul 16, 2008
Many of us take a lot of pride in the way the outside of our homes look. We like our yards to be well maintained all throughout the year. This can be a difficult and time consuming task when we try to do all the work ourselves especially when we have a lot of yard to keep up. Keeping up with growing grass, flower beds, tree pruning, and more can be tiresome and expensive, but we do it because we think the appearance of our home is worth the effort it takes.

What is not good for our landscaping is when water wreaks havoc with certain areas in the yard. The worst place in the world for excess water to gather and stand is near the foundation of our house. Water accumulation here can cause some serious problems over time if the problem is not corrected the right way.

Usually when water stands too near the foundation it is because it does not have proper drainage or the landscaping slopes down hill toward the home instead of up and away from it. It is important that the area around the house foundation is higher and this helps the water to flow away from the foundation. Standing water is also a magnet for mosquitoes, but it can cause cracking and leaks in the foundation itself. There are ways to correct the problem and it should be attended to as soon as it is discovered.

If you have a basement in your home, water standing at the foundation can eventually cause you to have leaking into the basement. This can be costly to have repaired, not to mention the aggravation it can cause when a basement in standing in water. Sometimes you might be able to do the landscaping yourself. The problem can also be because of faulty gutters. Check your gutters first to see if that is causing the problem.

If the water issue near your foundation is not being caused from your gutters and you can not alleviate the landscaping problem on your own, you might have to call in a professional landscaper to fix it. It might cost you a little money for the yard repair to be done now, but it will be more expensive later if it causes your foundation to crack and start leaking either underneath your home in the crawl space or into your basement.
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