Are you worried about the funny smell in your basement? Is there moisture on your foundation? The estimated annual rainfall in Vancouver is 146 cm. That's a lot of water. A wet basement is one of the most frustrating, expensive and destructive problems a homeowner can face. If you have an older home, you might want to consider changing your old clay drainage system to PVC before it fails? Here's what you need to know to make an informed decision.
What Is a Perimeter Drainage System?
Perimeter drainage is the first line of defense for the prevention of water leaking into your home. A pipe system is buried around the perimeter of your home. It's designed to route groundwater away from your home's foundation to the municipal drainage system.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
As is the case with many things, perimeter drainage systems have evolved over the years. It is in the homeowner’s best interests to know what kind of system they have buried, out of sight, around what is typically their largest financial asset.
Is My System at Risk of Failure?
Typically, homes that are more than 30 years old have a drainage system made of clay or concrete. Newer buildings use perforated PVC piping. When clay and concrete piping reaches a certain age, it becomes brittle and more porous. That makes it more susceptible to cracking and breakage. There's also a danger of root infiltration from nearby landscaping and trees. When this happens, the drain tile can’t reroute the groundwater effectively. Water builds up and pools underground at the foundation and footings of your home. The water then leaks through your foundation or under the slab and into your home. That can cause localized or catastrophic flooding, which may not be covered by home insurance.
What Are The Signs of Perimeter Drain Problems?
Pooling water in your yard or around your foundation may be a sign of a problem. When the pools get larger, rather than draining away, that might indicate damaged perimeter drain pipes. Cracks in your foundation walls are something to watch. Water-stains on your basement walls are another sign. When water seeps into your basement, it's not good. If you notice a bad smell and there is moisture in or on your foundation, it's time to call an expert.
Be Proactive With Regular Inspections
If you have an older home, it is important to have your drain tile inspected and possibly cleaned regularly. A reputable drainage contractor will advise you whether your drainage system still has some life in it. It might be advisable to replace it before your old system breaks down. Preemptive actions can save stress and damage to your property and belongings. You will protect the asset that you have worked so hard for.
Get an Assessment From The Experts
The team at Budget Drainage are perimeter drainage specialists. We are family-owned and operated with a longstanding team. Our reputation is based on integrity, expertise, and a true interest in putting the customer first. Call us today to have your old perimeter drainage system inspected. We will give you a trustworthy opinion on whether we think your system is in danger of failure. 778-231-6960 Whether your project is big or small, we drain it all.