We’re glad and appreciative that you chose Williamson to install your drainage system! Just like rain gutters, drains must be clean and clear of debris in order to function properly. All drainage systems require periodic maintenance in order to maintain proper working conditions. This maintenance is NOT a part of our contract, warranty, or normal service. It is up to the home owner to monitor and maintain the drainage system installed. These basic instructions are good for all drainage systems, even ones not installed by us.
DRAINAGE DO’S: 1. The yard next to your home should slope away from the house for at least 5 feet. 2. When installing rain gutters, pay close attention that the downspouts release water only in areas with good drainage. 3. Your foundation needs water, but too much or too little water WILL create foundation problems. The key to foundation stability is to maintain a consistent moisture level around the home year ‘round. Sprinkler systems help tremendously, but normally do not provide enough water AT the foundation. Therefore, use of a soaker hose is highly recommended, even in conjunction with a sprinkler system.
1. The dirt around your home should not be at the top of your foundation.
2. Trees and large shrubs (like photinias and large hollies) should be planted at least 10 feet away from the home, as these root system drink a tremendous amount of water from the soil under your home, and they also can create breaks in your plumbing system.
3. Gutter downspouts should never empty water into an area where it will be trapped near the foundation – like flower beds with raised edging, low spots, court yards, etc. Pooling water can create uneven foundation movement, and more severe problems like upheavals.