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Concrete and Water Prevention: Drains and Mistakes to Avoid

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how to prevent water from creating concrete damage and other foundation risks in your home or building. Moisture is one of the top culprits in concrete issues like cracks or gaps forming, and preventing it from seeping into concrete is a top method for avoiding these risks altogether.

At Lift-Up Concrete Lifting LLC, we’re happy to offer a wide range of both residential and commercial concrete lifting and leveling services, including assistance with many issues where water is the primary cause. From waterproofing basement walls to improving your drainage capabilities and several other areas, there are a few themes you can look at when it comes to keeping water out of your important concrete and foundation areas. Here are several others to keep in mind, including a few DIY mistakes to avoid if you go this route.

French Drains

For those who have had significant drainage problems in the past or want to ensure there are no such issues in the future, a more complex drainage system is known as the French drain setup. It involves diverting water underground through a pipe that’s set in a trench, which is filled with some kind of gravel or rock to keep it steady.

The pipe involved here will be perforated, allowing it to fill up with groundwater and then move that water away from the home. French drains involve zero moving parts, meaning they require basically no maintenance and tend to work perfectly for years without any issues.

Drainage Swales

Another option for homes or buildings that have significant groundwater or stormwater issues is known as a drainage swale, which directs water away from the home. This refers to an open channel that collects water from hard surfaces, then allows it to percolate into the ground to remove runoff above the surface. It filters out into grass covering side slopes and the bottom of the swale.

Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re taking on certain water prevention tasks yourself, whether it’s basement waterproofing or some other area, there are a few DIY mistakes to avoid:

  • Repairs with standing water: If areas of the home are already experiencing standing water, do not attempt any repairs. This is both dangerous and unlikely to produce high-quality repairs.
  • Forgetful areas: Be sure to consider important additional areas like window well leaks and interior drainage, which can both be areas that contribute to moisture seepage and concrete damage if you forget about them.

For more on how to prevent water from creating concrete issues in your home or building, or to learn about any of our concrete repair services, speak to the staff at Lift-Up Concrete Lifting LLC today.