Rain on a roof and gutter

The Denver Metro area has experienced one of the wettest springs and summers in years. The amount of rain is a blessing but it can also wreak havoc on your home’s foundation.

Preventing water from accumulating around your foundation is essential to protect it from damage. Here are some effective ways to keep water away from your foundation:

Proper Grading: Ensure that the ground around your home is sloped away from the foundation. This means the soil should gradually slope downward, allowing water to flow away from the house instead of pooling around it.

Gutters and Downspouts: Install and maintain gutters around your roofline to collect rainwater and direct it away from the foundation. Make sure the gutters are clean and free from debris. Extend downspouts at least 5-10 feet away from the foundation to prevent water from seeping into the soil near your home.

Splash Blocks and Extensions: Use splash blocks or downspout extensions at the end of your downspouts to help carry water away from the foundation. These can be angled to guide water further away from your home.

French Drains: A French drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock and contains a perforated pipe that redirects groundwater away from the foundation. This can be particularly useful if your property tends to retain excess water.

Sump Pump: If your area is prone to flooding or heavy rainfall, consider installing a sump pump in the basement or crawl space. The sump pump will collect and pump out water, preventing it from reaching the foundation.

Seal Foundation Cracks: Regularly inspect your foundation for cracks and seal them with appropriate waterproofing materials to prevent water infiltration.

Landscaping: Avoid planting large shrubs or plants very close to the foundation, as their roots can disrupt the soil and create pathways for water to enter.

Drainage Swales: If your property has natural low points or areas where water tends to accumulate, consider creating drainage swales or berms to redirect water flow away from the foundation.

Porous Pavers: If you have a driveway or patio near the foundation, consider using porous pavers or permeable surfaces that allow water to drain through rather than pool on the surface.

Waterproofing: Apply waterproof coatings or sealants to the exterior of the foundation walls to create a barrier against water penetration.

Inspect and Maintain: Regularly inspect your home's exterior and drainage systems, especially before and after the rainy season. Clean gutters, remove debris, and fix any issues promptly.

By implementing these measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of water damage to your foundation and ensure the long-term stability and integrity of your home. If you're unsure about the best approach for your property, consider consulting a professional foundation specialist or a qualified landscaper for personalized advice.