Often times drainage problems are hard to spot. We tend to assume that everything is going smoothly unless there is an obvious sign to make us aware there is a problem. Dealing with repairs down the line can be extremely costly, so it is best to know what the signs are for drainage problems and deal with them immediately.
1. Wet spots in your lawn or irregular lawn growth
If you see wet spots in your lawn when it hasn’t been raining, or when some of your lawn is greener and growing faster than the rest of your lawn, that area is probably receiving water which was drained improperly.
2. Water stains in the basement
Your first sign might be discolored walls. Depending on where you spot the stain you can gauge the severity of the stain. If the stain is on the wall it could be as simple as surface water, which is an easy fix. However, if you notice a stain that extends around the basement you could be looking at a more extensive repair.
3. Cracks in the foundation of your home
Some cracks are normal, as houses settle over the years. But keep an eye on them, and if they are growing you should probably call an expert as they could damage the structure of your house. If the crack becomes larger than 1/8-inch it may be a sign that a drainage problem is ruining your foundation – so don’t wait to call in the pros.
4. Sluggish or belching drains
If you have more than one drain running slowly, chances are its not a hairball clogging your drain. A drainage problem can cause a vacuum in your pipes, making it hard for water to drain properly.
5. Sewer odors
The stagnant water from a malfunctioning drain can cause some pretty gruesome smells, These not-so-pleasant smells combined with the poor ventilation in your air pipes could often causes negative air pressure, letting sewer gas in.
Finding a drainage problem can be tricky but with these handy tips and the help of the professionals at WP Law we can find a solution! If you have any questions we would be happy to help, contact us today.