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Landscape Issues become Basement Leaks.

Every spring here at Flood and Fire Solutions, we get many calls because of basement leaks. These can be everything from window wells filling and foundation cracks leaking to below-grade entrances flooding. The one thing that could have mitigated the water was better site grade. A sloping landscape can be the best way to prevent water from running inside your house. Many houses have decorative landscapes next to the foundation, but the water runoff was not part of the 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 water migrates to the foundation, where it puddles and looks for an opportunity to find its way into the home.

Some of our customers install gutters to channel roof water away from the structure. This commonly works until something changes, such as large amounts of snow, ice, or leaves, which can complicate gutter drainage. Missing downspout extensions can also put water close to the foundation. 

Basement Flooding Due to Negative Grade Soil

Basement flooding can be a significant problem for homeowners and business owners. A common cause 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 on your property.

How Negative Grade Soil Causes Basement Flooding

Negative-grade soil can cause basement flooding in several 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 damage the basement. Second, moisture in the soil can cause the foundation to shift, leading to cracks and leaks. Finally, a leak in the plumbing system or a backup in the sewer system can cause water to collect in the basement.

Preventing Basement Leaks Due to Negative Grade Soil

Fortunately, homeowners and business owners can do several things 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 prevents basement flooding. Ensure your gutters are clear of debris and can 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 from your property, preventing moisture infiltration.
  3. Add Soil: Another option is adding more soil next to your foundation to achieve a slope away from your home or business.
  4. Seal Leaks: If your foundation has cracks or leaks, 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.

Preventing negative-grade soil from causing basement flooding requires regular maintenance and upkeep. You can protect your property and prevent costly damage by staying vigilant and taking the necessary steps. Flood and Fire Solution and our team of IIRC-certified technicians can be onsite in less than an hour for any landscaping issues that have become a basement problem.