How to Prevent Water from Pooling Around your Foundation

Brad LackeyFlood Damage, Water Damage, Water Damage Prevention

Home Foundation

When there is extra water on your property due to rain or melting snow, it can cause major damage to the foundation of your property. It is important to have a way to prevent water from damaging your foundation and causing leaks and structural damage to your home or business.

Home Foundation

Water pooling around your foundation can lead to major issues like indoor flooding and structural damage which is why it should be avoided. The damage may start as small leaks, but the spreading water can eventually cause significant water damage inside the property. The cracks will also expand which increases the risk of foundational damage which can be expensive to fix. You always want to avoid water pooling around your foundation to prevent further damage and to prevent it from causing structural damage which can negatively affect the value of your property.

There are various reasons why water may be pooling around your foundation, and it may be causing damage to your home. Here are a few:

Badly designed landscaping

If the landscape of your home is designed to cause accumulation of water near your home, that may cause it to collect near your foundation. This may include hills and other designs that cause the flow of water to be flowing toward your home. You should avoid this type of landscaping design so that you do not experience damage to the foundation.

Poor water drainage

If your drainage system is not effective and the water does not drain properly, water can pool around your home. Also, if your drainage system is not working properly due to a blockage, it could cause the water to pool around the home. If you suspect a blockage in your drainage system, make sure to have it inspected so that you can get it fixed and get to the water to drain properly. If there is a small blockage, you may be able to fix it yourself, however, if you are unsure which part of your system is blocked, you may have to consult a professional drainage maintenance company to help you.

Issues with the downspout

If your downspouts are draining water too close to your home, it is time to get them extended or add a catch basin that will keep the water away from the foundation of your home.

Downspout Draining Water

How to make sure water drains away from your home to avoid damage

If you notice water pooling around your home, it is important to act quickly and get it repaired before further damage is created, such as structural damage. Here are some ways to avoid damage due to pooling water around your foundation:

Figure out the cause of pooling water around your home

You should always check the grading around your home. It needs to slope away from the home. If your landscaping design does not allow for this, it needs to be changed. Next, check your drainage system for any obstructions such as leaves or sticks. Finally, check your downspouts to see if they are far enough from the home so they don’t cause the pooling of water near the foundation of your home.

Make repairs if needed

No matter what type of repair is needed based on what type of damage is found to be causing pooling water near your foundation, it needs to be repaired right away to avoid further costly damages.


Here are some repairs you can make to prevent water from pooling around the foundation:

  • Check and adjust downspouts

Make sure that the downspouts are not too short. They should be drained at least ten feet away from the foundation.

  • Clean your gutters

You should regularly check if your gutters are clogged with anything. If they are clogged, make sure to remove any items causing the clogging so water can freely flow through them.

Clogged Gutter

  • Your grading may need adjusting

If the grading of your landscaping slopes towards your home, you need to adjust it. You may have to reach out to a professional landscaping company to help you with this.

Call the Professionals

If you are unsure what to do about the pooling of water near your foundation, reach out to a professional water damage restoration company. They will have the proper experience and knowledge to advise you on what to do if water is pooling near the foundation of your property.

If you’ve experienced water damage at your home or property, make sure to reach out to ServiceMaster by Restoration Contractors today for professional water damage restoration. We’ve been serving Fort Wayne and all Northeastern Indiana homes and businesses since 1975. Our highly skilled technicians will restore damage you may have experienced from pooling water around your foundation to prevent it from spreading and causing your property further damage. Whether water damage was caused by rain, floods, burst pipes, or leaky appliances, we’ve seen it all.  Reach out to us today for all of your water damage restorations needs at (260) 420-1502.