Odds are that at some point in your life you will experience water drainage issues. Whether it occurs in your basement, in your backyard, or at your place of business, these problems are more than an annoyance – they can be downright dangerous. The following article explores the results of water drainage problems, as well as the solutions at your disposal.
What Can Happen if You Let Water Issues Fester
Water drainage problems, especially when concentrated on peoples’ backyards, tend to be put off. The whole “out of sight, out of mind” mentality comes into play, because most people feel that puddles in the backyard are just that – harmless pools of water. However, any water drainage specialist will tell you the contrary.
Allowing water to collect in your backyard (or basement) can end up causing major problems in the long run. For example, in some situations a yard that is not built up properly will cause water to drain towards the home, rather than away from. The result is water collecting up against the foundation. If you have a concrete slab, this water can loosen the soil around and underneath it, causing the entire home to shift. This will not only inevitably cause cracking in your slab, but it will also result in internal damage to your home, such as:
- Cracked sheet rock
- Bowing floors
- Doors and windows that will no longer shut
- And more
Should you have a basement, look for the walls to slowly give way and begin to crack too. As these walls develop hairline cracks, water will find its way in, dampening your entire basement. Now you will have to deal with a wet basement, which almost assuredly will result in mold growth. And once mold starts growing, the spores will take flight and you will really be in trouble. As you may know, mold remediation is no small task, and it certainly puts a huge dent in your pocket book.
Finding a Water Drainage Professional You Can Trust
When you notice that you have a legitimate Vancouver drainage issue, your best course of action would be to find someone locally who specializes in remedying the issue. Of course, doing so can seem like a daunting task. Here are a few tips to make sure you get connected with someone you can trust to do a good job for you:
- Look for someone with good references. This can take many forms. Perhaps the company will list customer testimonials on their website. You can also ask them for customer references who you can actually call. Some companies will gladly offer these. Either way, positive customer reviews increase the chances of having a good experience with the company.
- They need an informative website. A company that does a good job will put care into their promotional materials. And in this day and age, no marketing materials are as important as a company website. Look for a company that conveys the idea that they are water drainage specialists.
- Make sure they are in solid standing with the BBB. The BBB is the number one resource for checking out a company to ensure they are legit.