Rainwater percolates through permeable topsoil around the house without proper drainage but eventually comes to a stop at the compact soil close to the foundation. When it rains more heavily, hydrostatic pressure pushes water through foundational holes and fissures as well as absorbent walls by capillary effect. A residential roof sealer coating paint can be a great precaution in the rainy season.
Several problems with drainage and gardening around the exterior of the house can be linked to problems with basement waterproofing. Here are some suggestions you may use to get your house ready for the next storm if you are suffering from foundation leaks brought on by the recent severe rains:
Remove Debris From Window Well Drains and Outer Stairwell Drains
Stairwells and window pits can serve as catch basins for water during sudden storms. Water may not accumulate to the point where it puts pressure on the foundation, but checking and cleaning any drains will assist.
Confirm That Drains Are Operating Correctly
Confirm that all drains in window wells, egress exits, and outside stairwells are functioning correctly to remove water. You can carefully pour the water further into drains if they are linked to a pumping station to ensure that the drainage line is unblocked and that water can flow freely to your sump.
Examine The Sump Pump’s Discharge Lines
The amount of rain that summer storms may produce in a short time will require your sump pump to operate. Inspect your sump pump outflow line to make it totally clear that water is safely pushed away from the house and that it is not obstructed by any objects.
Inspect The Gutter Downspouts
Make sure your gutters are flowing freely and directing water as far away from the home as they can. When it rains heavily, blocked gutters can let water pool close to the foundation and cause rain to run off the side of the roof. This can subject the foundation to needless hydrostatic pressure.
Examine The Drive
Water should be directed by driveway curbs towards the street or far from the house. Filling up driveway cracks will stop water from collecting underneath the driveway and perhaps entering your basement.
Construct A Soil Crown
Make sure the soil closest to the home is of the greatest quality while still being below the peak of the concrete foundation when renovating the area right around the house. This prevents water from collecting adjacent to the house, overflowing the tops of the foundation walls, and placing excessive water pressure on the subsurface foundation.
These are simple recommendations that homeowners can use when a significant amount of rain is predicted, but they are in no way long-term fixes for foundation cracks or leakages. It may be best to consult an expert to evaluate the situation if these measures are insufficient to stop water entry during heavy rains. Your cellar and/or crawl space can be examined by a trained eye who can also make recommendations for a long-term waterproofing fix.