It’s that time of the year…Spring! Here are few useful tips to help you manage large amounts of rain fall.
What is a water control?
Well, it can be a number of designed systems that help control and maintain how rain water moves. Lets look at a few!
A correctly installed gutter system will mange roof, water run-off and discharge it out and away from the property foundation. Industry standards suggest discharge extensions of 4 to 6 feet away from the dwelling. It is likely that a currently installed gutter will need cleaned of debris after the winter months. Unwanted debris can cause blockages in the system and lead to overflow.
French Drain/Yard Drain
French drains and yard drains are used in many combinations to efficiently control how water moves. Whether it be a basement, crawlspace, retaining wall, or yard drainage system, the water collected by the system will need a point of exit. Often the exit pipe termination or pop-up cap become over grown with sod, leaving the drainage pipes with a decreased water flow which can lead to moisture related erosion or intrusion. Industry standards suggest knowing your system design and monitoring the exit pipe for debris.
Seal Joints & Cracks
Water can gain access through expansion joints in sidewalks and driveways, over time, erosion occurs. Eventually, your driveway or walkway will show sign of settlement, cracking, or off-set. Industry standards recommends using a polyurethane concrete calk to seal cold joints, shrinkage cracks, or expansion joints. Your local handyman is a great place to start with preventive maintenance!
Sump Pump Operation
Sump pump systems typically lift collected water from a low elevation to a higher discharge point. Often installed in basements and crawlspaces lacking a french drain, the sump pump function is vital to control water levels. Like any mechanical device, it will need evaluated for function and correct discharge. Its not a bad idea to have a spare unit on hand.