Landscape Issues become Basement Leaks

Every spring here at Flood and Fire Solutions we get so many calls because of basement leaks. These can be everything from window wells filling, foundation cracks leaking, to below grade entrances flooding. The one thing that could have mitigated the water was better site grade. Sloping landscape can be the best way to prevent water from running inside your house. So many houses have decorative landscapes next to the foundation, but the water run off was not part of plan when it was installed, or in many cases there was never puddle soaking or compaction of any kind. As the sprinkler system adds water to all the lovely plants, the ground is slowly sinking next to the foundation and window wells. This creates a negative grade and now all water migrates to the foundation were it puddles and looks for an opportunity to find its way into the home. Some of our customers install gutters as to channel roof water away from the structure. This commonly works until something changes, ex: large amounts of snow, ice or leaves can complicate gutters draining. Missing downspout extensions can put water close to the foundation. 

Basement Flooding Due to Negative Grade Soil

Basement flooding can be a major problem for homeowners and business owners. A common cause of basement flooding is negative grade soil, which means the ground next to the foundation slopes down towards the house. This type of soil can cause water to collect around the foundation, leading to moisture infiltration and eventually, basement flooding. Here’s a closer look at the causes of basement flooding due to negative grade soil, and some things you can do to prevent it from happening in your property.

How Negative Grade Soil Causes Basement Flooding

Negative grade soil can cause basement flooding in a number of ways. First, if there is excessive moisture in the soil due to heavy rainfall or other reasons, water can seep through the foundation walls and cause damage to the basement. Second, moisture in the soil can cause the foundation to shift, which can lead to cracks and leaks. Finally, if there is a leak in the plumbing system or a backup in the sewer system, this can cause water to collect in the basement.


Preventing Basement Flooding Due to Negative Grade Soil

Fortunately, there are a number of things that homeowners and business owners can do to prevent basement flooding due to negative grade soil. Here are a few options:

  1. Make Sure Your Gutter System is Clear: Your gutter system plays a vital role in preventing basement flooding. Make sure your gutters are clear of debris and able to divert water away from your home or business.
  2. Install French Drains: French drains are a type of drainage system that can be installed in the soil around your foundation. They are designed to collect and divert water away from your property, preventing moisture infiltration.
  3. Add Soil: Another option is to add more soil next to your foundation to achieve a slope that’s away from your home or business.
  4. Seal Leaks: If there are any cracks or leaks in your foundation, make sure to have them repaired immediately to prevent water from seeping in.
  5. Install Sump Pumps: Sump pumps are designed to remove water that collects in the basement and prevent it from flooding the area.

Overall, preventing negative grade soil from causing basement flooding requires regular maintenance and upkeep. By staying vigilant and taking the necessary steps, you can protect your property and prevent costly damage. Flood and Fire Solution, and our team of IIRC certified technician can be onsite in less than an hour if needed if for any reason landscaping issues have now become a basement problem.