Drainage

Quebec Real Estate

Drainage

Damp soil in the vicinity of a foundation wall will increase in volume once the temperature goes bellow the freezing point, due to the formation of ice. This creates pressure that can eventually damage the wall. To ensure water is not present and to avoid the problem mentioned above, there are four precautions that should be taken:

–          Slop the ground surface around the building to force surface water away from the building;

–          A course grain backfill material around the foundation wall will ensure a fast downward movement of water in the vicinity of the foundation wall;

–          Place weeping tiles alongside the building footings and link them to the municipal rainwater leader thereby evacuating water reaching this point of the foundation assembly;

–          Install gutters along the perimeter of a sloped roof.