5 Signs Your Home Has a Drainage Problem

Nov 16, 2021

A clean and tidy house is a healthy house. So if you notice a little puddle in your basement where eventually a whole lot of mold will start to grow or a lake on the front porch that wasn’t there when you first bought the place, then we have to break it to you: your home has a drainage problem.

Now, a puddle or lake isn’t the only sign of bad drainage. You could have drainage problems in your house for years that may go unnoticed. If you are living in an area where you get a lot of rainfall, then you need to look more closely. Do it for the well-being of your investment.

Here are five signs to look out for:

Basement Puddles

When you walk into your basement one fine day after it had rained the previous day and notice a puddle or water stains on the basement floor, then you have a problem. This means that there is water seeping into the basement and it needs a professional’s attention.

Soil/Dirt Runoff

On a rainy day, if you notice soil or dirt runoff on your driveway or walkways, this means trouble. The water should be flowing the other way and you need to call for service.

Overflowing Gutters

If the gutters on your house are overflowing. There could be leaves, dirt, and other debris blocking the gutter and causing drainage problems. If you do not get an expert to clear out the blockage, the water will find somewhere else to go.


If your house has been standing for a while, then it is natural that it will settle over the course of time. Tiny cracks will start appearing around the house which may not be bad news. But if you notice bigger cracks, then you have got a problem. It is even worse if the cracks are noticeably growing; in which case it is a ticking time bomb. This means there are severe foundation issues arising that need to be addressed soon.

Outdoor Puddles

Lastly, if you notice puddles around the house that have not dissipated or drained a few hours or a day after it has rained, this is an issue and needs to be taken care of. This means you have drainage problems bigger than you anticipated.

We have already read how standing water in the basement can be an issue. Mold growth is a hazard around the house and you need to steer clear of it. Look for these signs around your home and get a professional right away! Contact The Crack Doctor for all your foundation repair, wet basement, and drainage issues.

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