The Importance of a Proper Drainage System

Fain fell across New Jersey last week, and there’s rain in the forecast in the future. Along with the awful flooding throughout the state, especially in places like Bergen and Hudson counties, the rain also brought a lot of fear into minds of residents.

New Jersey homeowners know, whether they’ve had property damage in Hurricane Sandy or been the victims of flooding, that water is the number one enemy of homes.

Water damage can cause major headaches, and the worst part about it is that you sometimes can’t see that you have a problem until it’s too late. That’s why it’s utterly important to have a proper drainage system that keeps water from building up.

If you’re not convinced of the need for a drainage system, here are some of the things water stuck on your property could cause.

Unstable foundation

Without proper drainage, water will run to the lowest part of your property, which is usually the foundation of your house. This could create cracks and even cause a house to collapse in time.


Believe it or not, improper drainage can encourage the presence of termites, which are attracted to the moisture that may accumulate in the foundation. This could cause major problems, including structural problems, if it’s not taken care of in a timely manner.


There are many major problems that can arise from having moisture in the basement due to poor drainage, including mold. Mold can grow after a flood or over time and stay unnoticed for long periods because people tend not to go in their basement frequently. Certain molds are very hazardous to your health.


Some of the more minor issues related to improper drainage on your property can result in superficial problems as well. Lawn fungus becomes a nuisance because there’s not enough air flow and it creates the perfect condition for fungi.

If you suspect that you’re not sure whether you have drainage problems on your property, we wrote a post about how to tell if you have drainage problems by looking at key things in your house and yard.

Give us a call at 974-601-1114 to discuss your options and to find out how we can help you.