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  • Writer's pictureMike O.

Water pooling outside your home?

Water pooling next to a home can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor drainage in the surrounding area, clogged gutters or downspouts, or even a leak in the foundation of the house. It's important to identify the cause of the problem so that it can be properly addressed.

Here are some steps you can take to try to identify the cause of the water pooling:

  1. Check the gutters and downspouts. Make sure they are clear of debris and that water is flowing freely through them. If they are clogged, this can cause water to overflow and pool next to the house.

  2. Inspect the grading of the surrounding area. The ground should slope away from the house, with the slope increasing as it gets further from the foundation. If the ground is not graded properly, water can pool next to the house.

  3. Check for leaks in the foundation. Look for cracks in the foundation or basement walls, as well as signs of water damage, such as water stains.

  4. Check for leaks in the plumbing. If you suspect a leak in the plumbing, you may want to hire a plumber to inspect the pipes.

  5. Check for underground water source. Look if water is coming from underground source, if yes then you may want to hire professional to dig out the source and resolve it

  6. Check the windows in the basement. If the windows are not properly sealed, water can seep in and cause pooling.

Once you have identified the cause of the problem, you can take steps to address it.

If the problem persist or you are unsure about what to do, it's always a good idea to consult with professional.

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