Your home’s ability to drain properly is your first defense gains water problems. Many people overlook some of the most straightforward solutions until faced with the most expensive. In this article, we are going to review the design of your home and why it is so important to take these steps. 

If you have a basement, you likely have one or more sump pumps to keep water out of your home. For the water to collect in a single location for the sump pump to eject the water out of your home, you have a sump pit. This sump pit uses a series of channels in your home’s foundation to collect water, often referred to as drainage tile. As water collects around your home, the drainage tile takes that water and passes it to your sump pit for the sump pump to eject it from your home. After understanding this process, it might be easy to start drawing your own conclusion on reducing a load of water on your home. 

Below is a list of easy items to help reduce the load on your sump pump, and they all include getting water away from your home. 

  • Take all downspouts from your gutters and extend them away from the base of your home. Some cities provide a pipe for you to route this water, so it gets into the Storm sewer more efficiently. The further this water from your house, the less likely your sump pump will need to pump it away. 
  • Keep your gutters clean. If your gutters are not clean and the water is pouring out of the top of your gutters, it doesn’t matter where you are directing the water. Keeping clean gutters means the water is not falling at the foundation of your home. 
  • The surface area of your roof is significant, and when you think of how much water it collects, it quickly becomes apparent how essential gutters are. As we outlined in our previous points, if you are having water problems, gutters may be the first place you look to improve. 
  • Don’t pump the water out of your home to a place where you are going to need to pump it again. Make sure your sump pump is pumping the water out of your home far enough away that it isn’t going to come back to your foundation again. Think of it as bailing water out of a hole into another hole that is connected. Work smarter, not harder!
  • Reduce the number of paved surfaces around your home. Try to keep as much dirt around your home as you can. This will give water a place to go. Paved surfaces act just like your roof; all you can do is route it to another location.  
  • Plant deep-rooted plants around your home. The deeper the roots, the more ground they penetrate, leading to more water absorption into the earth. This shouldn’t be the approach for a short term game plan, but if you’re looking at the long game, this is a good one to have in the arsenal. 

Just remember that preventative maintenance is always cheaper than fixing it after it’s broken. Sometimes the items that you least expect play a role in the bigger picture in keeping your home safe. As always, if you ever need assistance, Tritan Plumbing is here for you. We know these systems very well and are happy to provide tips where we can!  

Have a great weekend!