Not all projects we do around our homes are pretty ones where we can actually see the fruits of our efforts. Sometimes projects around the house are simply necessary. Even when done well, there isn’t anything to see or enjoy. Dealing with poor drainage around your home’s foundation would most likely fall under the type of project that doesn’t leave you with a whole lot to show off but it may leave you with peace of mind.
Our back yard slopes slightly away from our home toward the alley. Normally that would be a good thing but we discovered that years of broken downspouts dumping water around the corners of our foundation actually eroded the ground away from the foundation leaving a small low spot where water actually puddled.
Fortunately this wasn’t happened all the way around our home but when we started prepping an area for a patio off the back of our house, we discovered a section where it was pretty bad. Before we could do the patio area, we needed to first fix the drainage issue.
I didn’t get the best before photos but we discovered that part of the issue was the original downspouts drained into a pipe in the ground. When we started digging we found clay pipes that were completely clogged that had come apart. This caused the water to back up and lay right around the foundation which had actually begun to erode a line on our foundation. Had we not found it when we did, we could have potentially had serious foundation problems down the road.
We decided to dig out the bad drain pipe in the ground and replace with flexible plastic pipe and make a better joint where the downspout enters into the ground. Now the water drains into the pipe and far away from our home.
As we begin the patio area we’ll be sure to slope the ground away from the foundation to further help protect our home from water damage.