Living on a Slope: Remedies for Wet Basements and Runoff

dangers of delaying plumbingA house perched on a slope is an architectural gem. Sloped lots offer incredible architectural opportunities and unparalleled downhill views. Not to mention those expansive panoramic windows, terraced landscaping, and walkout basements.

But nothing can be that perfect. In Colorado, living on a slope comes with many geological risks, one of which is a surface water runoff which can flood the basement or cause soil issues. But there are many hillside homes that do a great job mitigating these risks.

Hydrostatic Pressure

To curb these risks, it requires an analysis of the existing soil structure along with a deep understanding of the natural forces that affect the integrity of the soil. The general idea is that the steeper the grade, the stronger the hydrostatic pressure will be. This presents a challenge to homes that have a basement or a foundation built using the wrong materials.

Rain and wet weather will saturate the soil around the basement and foundation, and as the pressure builds up, it forces water through cracks or seep into the concrete. But a good drainage system and sediment filters around the foundation perimeter will do the trick. It also pays to install a waterproofing membrane.

Landscaping Solutions

However, most of the work goes beyond the home. To really protect the home and mitigate risks, the external environment must work in your favor. Landscaping is the most effective way to control the stability of the soil and prevent erosion on a slope.

Slopes need strong trees and deep-rooted plants. A mixture of native perennials, grass, bushes and trees, mulch, and ground covers will keep the soil intact and stop most surface activity. To prevent water from running on the slope, there should be proper drainage.

For rocky and sandy slopes, jute netting will safeguard the landscape from failure. Erosion mats made of wire mesh and coir netting fastened in place with slope anchors also effectively hold the soil and plants in place.

Microclimates and high hydrostatic pressures are a fact of life in Colorado, and seasonal maintenance is essential for survival. To prevent water-related damages to your hillside home, our experts will get the job done for you. Contact us today and learn more about our plumbing services in Colorado.