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7 Signs You Have a Drainage Problem

Drainage issues can befall any property at any time, but it can be difficult for the untrained eye to spot when a problem has arisen or a potential problem has reared its ugly head. In this article, we will detail the 7 most common signs that you have a drainage problem and give you tips on how to go about getting them repaired.

Overflowing gutters

If you notice that water is streaming from over the edges of your gutters, it is an indicator that there is a blockage in your gutters. It could be dead leaves, or it could be mud or debris, but it needs to be rectified as quickly as possible. If left untreated, the overflow can damage paint, rot sidings and weaken the structure of a building. Simply clear the gutters of debris and blockages, and they should flow as normal again. In the worst case scenario, it could be that your gutters are of improper size and pitching, which means they need replacement.

7 Signs You Have a Drainage Problem

Cracks in foundations

Small cracks in foundations occur over time as the house settles, but sometimes bigger cracks can appear, and these are the ones that you need to pay close attention to.  If you notice large cracks in the foundations of your property, contact a professional structural engineer and have them inspect your site.

Mildew in the attic

If you notice mildew or mould in the attic of your property, it can indicate drainage issues below. It can mean that moisture from your drains is rising up the property, which can cause serious damage. Locate the source of the spread and then take action – contact a professional to clean and remove the damp.


If you notice that soil, silt and other debris is appearing on pathways, seemingly of its own accord, it could be a sign of a drainage issue. If your soil does not drain adequately, rainwater runs off and carries the aforementioned debris and dirt with it, which makes the garden look untidy. Contact a landscaper who can create a berm, which can direct the water away from the house.

Water stains in the basement

Depending on the location of the water stains, the drainage issue can be quite severe. If the water is high on the foundation wall, it means the water is coming from an overflowing gutter, which is the best case scenario. If the water forms a line around the basement, there could be a fluctuating water table, and an interior drainage system may be required.

Flaking and deposits on walls

Efflorescence – a white or gray crust that appears on walls is a sign of evaporating water. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind some minerals, and big patches of these is indicative of ‘spalling’. If you notice these patches, you probably have a drainage issue and you should seek professional assistance.

Downspout problem

If you notice that huge amounts of water are gushing down the side of your house, it could be a drainage problem this is a problem that needs to be rectified as quickly as possible. For every 25mm of rain that falls on 1,000 square feet of roof, 2271 litres of water run off it. If the water is dumped too close to the house, it can seep into the foundations or even into your property, causing a lot of damage. You can add extensions to your down pipes to help carry water further from your property.

Jet Rod are the drainage experts, providing services for commercial and domestic clients in Macclesfield, Crewe, Manchester, Warrington and Stockport. If you would like to know more, please feel free to get in touch with us today.


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