Soil tests rule the design
Drainage systems are an integral and necessary part of any foundation system. The purpose of the drainage system is to prevent water from eroding the foundation and the supportive earth below and thus damaging the home. It does this by collecting, intercepting and diverting water away from the structure.
- Try to locate the drainage system around the perimeter of your home and note where cleanouts are located and where the system “daylights” to the exterior or terminates, possibly in a “dry well” or sump pump.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Public Health Service, have expressed concern over the presence of radon gas in homes. Prolonged exposure to high levels of indoor radon or its progeny may affect the health of residents. If you are concerned about the presence of radon gas you should have your home tested by a qualified resource.
- 1x per year: Inspect and operate any sump pumps at least once a year.
- 1x per year: Inspect the perimeter of the footings and note any cracks, settling, spalling, standing water or deformation of the foundation walls.