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While A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair is always here for you if you need foundation repair in Nashville, it’s always better to try to prevent foundation damage in the first place! One of the best ways to keep your foundation in tip-top shape is by keeping water drained away from the home foundation.

Good drainage is important because the soil supporting your foundation needs to stay at a consistent moisture level to prevent settlement, heave, or differential movement. When water is saturating the soil around your foundation, it can cause that soil to move around, which can damage your foundation.

In today’s blog post, we’ll be sharing five things you can do as a homeowner to help keep water drained away from your foundation. Continue reading to learn more, and if you are in need of foundation repair of any kind, including foundation cracks, leaky basement, or basement cracks, contact us today!

Surface Drainage

Surface water is that water that accumulates during a good Nashville thunderstorm. It’s not always there, but when it is, you need to make sure that it is draining properly. The ground around your home should slope away from the house. Walk around your property and see if there are any spots that are sunken and could collect water near your home. If so, these could be a problem area for you and that surface water could eventually lead to a wet basement and need for foundation repair.


Your home should have clean, well-functioning gutters. Gutters are vital to maintaining the health of your home, however, they’re something we often forget about! Your home’s gutters protect the foundation, prevent basement flooding, as well as prevent staining to the exterior of your home and stopping mold and mildew growth. Gutters should be free of debris and water should flow smoothly.

The downspout should discharge the water at least 10 feet away from the foundation. If you notice that your downspouts aren’t long enough, or there simply isn’t enough room to discharge the water that far from your home, you can invest in a rain barrel to collect the water. You’ll soon see how much water could have been seeping into the soil near your foundation!


If you are planting trees on your property, be sure to take your foundation into account! Trees should be placed no closer to the foundation than their eventual height. This will help prevent tree roots from filing the perimeter drains. It also helps the tree from sucking up all the water in the soil, which can cause the soil to settle and crack your foundation. If you already have mature trees close to your home, just be aware that they may cause problems and have your foundation inspected as needed.

Add a French Drain

The phrase “French drain” may sound intimidating, but it’s actually a relatively simple drainage solution. It’s basically a flexible plastic drain pipe that you put under your lawn to help channel water away from your foundation. The next time it rains, identify where you have standing water. Then, use a shovel to dig a trench in that area that leads to a place where water can more easily drain. Line the trench with gravel and put in a French drainpipe. Make sure that the trench is deep enough that the top of the pipe doesn’t reach the ground level, and then cover the pipe with dirt and additional gravel so that it blends in with your yard. Many homeowners wrap a French drain all the way around their home so that any water that gets too close to their foundation will be channeled away.

Schedule Foundation Repair in Nashville Today

We hope that you are able to utilize some of these foundation drainage tips! If you ever need foundation repair, we’re the foundation contractors for your project. There’s nothing we love more than a job well done and a happy client. We utilize cutting-edge methods and materials to not only repair your foundation, but also ensure that your home will be able to stand strong for years to come.

Contact us today to get started with a free quote on foundation repair in the Nashville area. We’ll solve your foundation problems in no time!