When most people think of basement waterproofing, they think of basement drains, crack repair, and sump pump systems. However, there is another factor that plays a large role in basement waterproofing. The grade of your yard. Yard grading is a term used to describe the angle at which the soil moves away from your home. With a properly graded yard, the water that collects around your home after rains and from your gutters is directed away from your home. In an unproperly graded yard, it is common for the excess water to build up around your home leading to a rise in hydrostatic pressure. Our experts at Proactive Structural Solutions knows that having your yard properly graded can be an important part of keeping your home free of basement waterproofing issues. This is why we offer homeowners professional yard grading services if it is determined that the grade of their yard is causing basement waterproofing issues.
In addition to this, there are a variety of issues that occur alongside improper yard grading that can also cause water to enter your basement. These include basement wall cracks, basement floor cracks, and damaged gutters or downspouts. All of these issues can cause you to have a wet basement and need to be remedied immediately if they are occurring.
How to tell if your yard is graded
There is a very simple way to tell whether or not your home is in need of yard grading. This is found out by simply walking outside your home. When you are outside your home, you should look at your yard right next to the outermost wall of your home. If you see that the ground right next to your home is slanted in towards your home, or if you notice a buildup of water sitting next to your foundation, you are in need of yard grading. If you have ground slanting down and away from your home, you are not in need of yard grading. It is important to contact us immediately if you detect any yard grading issues; as this is a relatively cheap fix and can become very expensive if left unchecked. One of our experts would be happy to come out to give you a quote based on your current situation
Why does your yard need to be graded?
Water flows down, following the point of least resistance based on gravity. When your yard is graded improperly, the water will flow towards your home, instead of away from your home. If the water flows towards your home, this will cause the water to saturate the soil surrounding your home, leading to a build-up of hydrostatic pressure against your basement walls. Over time, this will cause wall cracks to form which will cause water seepage into your basement. This cause all sorts of damage to your home, including damage to the support beams, damage to any belongings you have stored, or mold growth in your basement.
How do we fix improperly graded yards?
If your yard is improperly graded, it is important to know the steps which must be taken in order to properly grade a yard. This can prevent other issues from occurring in your home for years to come. When one of our teams of experts comes out to grade your yard, we will take measurements to ensure that the proper yard grade angle is achieved. Once this happens we will add and remove soil from your yard to achieve the proper grade. Once a proper yard grade has been achieved, the water that would have normally collected near your home will instead be directed away from your home.
Contact us for Professional Yard Grading Services
If your home is in need of a yard grading solution, or you want to find out, do not hesitate to contact us immediately. If yard grading is overlooked, you can cause issues to spring up in many places throughout your home. If you wish to contact us, feel free to call 630-447-8207 or fill out our contact form. Once you speak with us, an expert will then come out to your home and give you an estimate. We look forward to hearing from you.