4 Visible Signs Of Drainage Issues
Small drainage problems are a deal easier to fix than the ones that took their tie developing and turning into full-scale plumbing disasters. The good thing about any damage in the plumbing system, or any fixture for that matter, is that they start small and gradually develop into digger and more destructive ones as the time passes and they are neglected. Also, the repair cost of a small damage is a deal cheaper than the full scale ones. Early remedies and solutions keep the damage from spreading to the neighboring fixtures and keep the expenses low. Talk about killing two birds with one stone. In order to keep the damage small, fix it earlier before the problem gets time to develop. To do that, you have to be able to identify which is a damaged pipe or if there is any damage in the first place. To help you with that here are a few signs you might want to watch out for:
1. Gutters That Gush Out
Check if your gutters hold a cacophony of dead leaves and twigs. If the gutters stop working and the debris are there, then that is the very problem of your plumbing. The leaves and twigs create a blockage when accumulated and are not flushed down properly. Make it a habit to always clean the gutters, especially when you have trees and veining vegetation that are near or directly above the gutters. This problem can cause numerous plumbing and structural damages. As a solution, use a ladder to get on top of your roof and then proceed to push or fish out the blockage from the pipe.
2. Dumps From The Downspouts
If you are living in one of those houses that have a short downspout, you might want to reassess your plumbing fixtures, this one to be specific. Short downspouts dump water into the soil with too much force that the water is nudged into seeping into the soil and once it reaches the foundation, it can soften it enough to cause major damages. To remedy this, you might want to consider building adding an extension to your gutter to carry it at least 5 feet from any building and plumbing fixture that it can possibly damage.
3. Water Stain In The Basement Or Anywhere Directly Above A Pipeline
Check for water stains on your floor. In a way, this is not such a bad occurrence. Having patches of water marking the floor will help in locating the exact location of the leaking and damaged pipes. However, not every water mark is a sign of a leaking pipe because this issue is often also caused by the groundwater or surface water. In building the foundation and flooring of your home, remember to put a 6-inch sole for every 10 horizontal feet.
4. Random Cracks Start Appearing
Keep a vigilant eye on cracks and damages that appear at random places and moments in your home. There could be a magnitude of different causes of that crack but when it reaches a quarter of an inch, make sure that you monitor the damage. To solve this, at the earliest sign of the crack, it probably is yet to penetrate the interior of the wall which is why this is the perfect time to use hydraulic cement or polyurethane caulk to seal it shut. If the crack is wider than the specified size, immediately inform or consult a professional to assess the amount of the damage.