Water damage is one of the biggest causes of problems for homeowners. Whether it is a leaky roof, a leak in the siding, or water coming in from underneath the foundation, it is sure to cause problems. Water damage can also affect the structural integrity of your home, or cause health hazards for your family if not remedied.
The most common water problems we see are poorly placed downpipe extensions or no extensions at all. Downpipe extensions are added to divert water away from the foundation. When improperly installed, misdirected or puddled water can cause the soil beneath the footer to compress making it unstable and inevitably causing settlement issues (step cracks). That saturation may also be the cause of doors and windows not opening or shutting correctly, or drywall or plaster cracks inside the home.
A cost effective way to deter these potential problems is to install downpipe extensions properly so that water is discharged at least 5 to 6 feet away from the foundation. Maintaining a positive grade of landscaping next to the house is also important. A good rule of thumb is to ensure that the ground slopes away from the house at least 6 inches over a span of 10 feet.