you are concerned about drainage conditions at your property, you may be
able to perform a limited personal evaluation. One or more of the
conditions mentioned below may indicate you have a problem which
deserves further evaluation.
begin this process, examine your property to ensure soils are sloping
away from the foundation at all building perimeters. During the next
rainfall, grab an umbrella and walk outside to look more closely.
Also see Soil Moisture Maintenance Tips
Can you see ponding water near the building
perimeter? All water should flow away from the building
and off the property?
Are there any obstructions to the free flow
of water such as planter beds, edging, concrete flatwork or
||Do downspouts extend away from rather
than discharge directly adjacent to the building, causing ponding? Look for leaking or
overtopping gutters. If
downspouts are tied into underground lines, look for signs
of water overflowing around tops of pipes.
Look for existing drains, noting if water
flows into grates and disappears. Check for water which
cannot be dispersed rapidly from drain inlets.
Is water flowing onto the property from
||Does water pond on your property for
several hours or days?
At the interior, do you find wet spots on
walls, at windows, in flooring along baseboards or at sunken
Do you see cupped or warped hardwood floors?
Check the crawlspace area, looking for wet
soils or standing water.
Are fungal odors present at the interior or
within crawlspace? Can you see mildew growing on walls, floors
Any of the above conditions may indicate you have drainage concerns.
We at Jensen
Engineers are fully qualified to further evaluate these conditions and
recommend a site-specific course of action.