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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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Troubleshooting Drainage Systems for New Home Owners

by Regina Barnett

Water is a good servant but a bad master. It will help you build any kind of home but it won't hesitate to bring the concrete structure if you fail to manage it properly. Stormwater is a destructive force that destroys and wears things down slowly. Thankfully, you do not need expertise acknowledge that your home has a drainage problem. The signs start from the house all the way to the garden. Once you see any of them, you need to take corrective action immediately. Here is a troubleshooting guide for all new homeowners:

Keep an Eye on Your Foundation

Do you ever walk around your house to look out for any signs of damage? Well, you to start doing this regularly, especially if you live in an area frequented by heavy rains. Stormwater gathering around your house finds its way to the foundation and starts to weaken it. It is only a matter of time before the exterior walls begin to "sink". You will also see a poor elevation of your floor and cracks.

Any of these signs is an indication that you need to grade around your house to provide an alternative route for the Stormwater to flow away. Additionally, a subsurface drainage system with pipes and a catch basin will also come in handy.

Pave Your Surfaces

Paved surfaces made of stone, bricks or concrete are another drainage solution you need to consider. They are handy for those who live in areas with clayey soils that encourage the stagnation of stormwater whenever it rains. If your soil holds water for more than twelve hours after downpours, it's high time to consider paving the garden. These days, paving options are plant-friendly and you can incorporate grasses and flowers in the structure while taking care of the flow of stormwater.  

Bad Plant Bed Designs

Plants beds are a necessity in every home. You need them to beautify the home. However, you need to think about the design and alignment of these plants beds such that they do not interfere with the natural flow of the water in the garden. Make sure that they are longitudinal to the flow of water, meaning that water can flow easily around them without having to create new waterways. Additionally, you need to bring in a professional who will help you with the computation of slope levels. This will ensure that stormwater takes the shortest possible route within the shortest period to get to the desired destination.