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The Importance of Proper Drainage Around Your Home’s Foundation

Most people see water pooling around their home’s foundation and shrug it off. How serious could a little water be, anyway? As it turns out, a lack of proper house foundation drainage can be a hugely worrying issue for your property and everyone who calls it home.

If you want to keep your property stable and livable, experts like Virginia Foundation Solutions cannot overstate the importance of proper foundation drainage. Read on to learn more about how to keep your property’s foundation in good nick.

Why Is Proper Drainage Around Your Home Important?

Poor drainage around your home can lead to critical and expensive foundation repairs, among other issues. Luckily, effective foundation drainage solutions can mitigate the following risks:

Prevent Water Damage

Is water pooling near your home’s foundation? It may enter the basement and crawl space, increasing moisture levels, mold growth, and structural and foundation damage.

Preserve Structural Integrity

Eventually, foundation pooling can compromise your home’s structural integrity, beginning with small cracks, settling, or shifts. Be on the lookout for any of these signs, and if they appear, don’t wait to call foundation repair services!

Reduce Soil Erosion

Water drainage issues mean soil displacement. As the soil erodes, it creates voids and further instability, worsening your property’s foundation issues. Proper house foundation drainage measures prevent this instability, especially if you catch the problem early.

Deter Pest Infestations

An often overlooked aspect of water drainage is its influence on pest control. Certain pests, like mosquitoes and termites, thrive in stagnant water. Encouraging water flow can make your property less hospitable to these preventable infestations.

Effective Types of Foundation Drainage Solutions

If you’re beginning to worry about your home’s condition, there are several types of foundation drainage options available. Consider what works best for your space.

Gutters and Downspouts

A robust system of gutters and downspouts is the first line of defense against ongoing house foundation drainage. It’s best to keep your gutters clear of debris so that they can channel water easily. A clogged gutter will overflow, allowing water to fall right into the foundation. 

Can your downspouts redirect water at least six feet away from your home’s foundation? If not, consider downspout extensions.


Does your yard slightly slope away from your home’s foundation, allowing water to flow down and away? The goal is that any water within a ten-foot radius of your home will flow away from the foundation. 

If there’s any uncertainty, why not work with a foundation repair or landscape professional to ensure your property is properly graded?

Swales and French Drains

Installing swales or French drains can effectively redirect water away from the foundation. These systems catch water and are highly effective.

Swales are shallow ditches that sometimes resemble dry creek beds. French drains are basically trench drains.


Waterproofing sealants on your basement, crawlspace, and foundation walls help block moisture from entering these areas. However, this is only the first step in effective basement waterproofing.

You may also want to consider exterior waterproofing and drainage systems to keep your home dry, including installing a sump pump.

Interior or Exterior Drain Tile System

Lastly, you might consider drain tiles: 

  • An interior drain tile system goes right underneath the basement floor. 
  • An exterior system goes around the exterior foundation of your home.

Both of these house foundation drainage systems catch excess water and redirect it to a safer spot.

Prevent Long-Term Damage to Your Home’s Foundation

Protecting your home’s structural integrity starts with ensuring proper house foundation drainage. Thankfully, the tips above are usually enough to put meaningful safeguards in place. Even so, if you notice foundation cracks or other signs your home has drainage problems, you’ll want to take swift action.

Call Virginia Foundation Solutions at (757) 340-0917 for foundation repair in Newport News and the surrounding areas.

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Quality materials and workmanship. Matt answered all our questions, even after hours, and Miguel and his crew were efficient and resolved all issues immediately. A very satisfied customer.


Professional and courteous at all time. Crew was on site for 4 days in terrible weather and never missed a beat. Kept us informed, did what they planned and kept the areas near and clean. A really great crew.

Hal Luebke

VFS crew did a wonderful job. They worked effectively together to complete our project. They used care in making sure our lawn was not ruined and they cleaned up their work area when completed.

Mary Routten

Work was completed as promised. Purple crew was prompt, professional, and considerate of our home. Zero complaints

S House

I highly recommend this company. They had the best price, quality work and it was completed on time, which is rare these days. It’s not easy so I commend the crew on their hard work!

Donald Marx

Everything looks GREAT and the finished crawlspace was better than we expected. The RED crew did a great job and left the entire worksite cleaner than it was when they arrived.

Mike Shaffer

We recently used VFS to install an interior french drain and sump pump in our finished lower level. The "purple crew" was assigned to our job and they were fabulous!!! They were timely, neat, respectful and hardworking. We are very happy with the job they did.

Howard Bloom

The yellow crew (Willy, Marco, Oscar, and Patrick) were VERY professional and hard working. They kept us informed every step of the way. The clean up at end of the workday was exceptional. The best part is my foundation is fixed and our crawlspace is the cleanest crawlspace I have ever seen.

Scott Withdrew

The workers were very professional, experienced and knowledgeable. They left the crawlspace with reinforced support beams. A supervisor checked their work in the afternoon.

Rick Ruscak

VFS did a great job on our house’s foundation in double quick time and when they left our yard was cleaner and tidier than it was when they came! Thank you all. The masonry team also did a wonderful job. The damaged brickwork looks as good as new. Well done!

Alan Stephenson

Newport News


We loved working with this company. All of the workers were friendly and helpful. They were very particular about their work and showed professionalism and organization. They did a great job; we are so thankful for their help.

Daphne Jonas



Professional and kind staff, started on time, finished on time, good clean up, and next best bid was 40% higher using same materials. Highly recommend!

Ron Bianchi



VFS was on time, clean, polite and thorough with good workmanship.

Lois Horton

Newport News


Great customer service. Fantastic work under the house along with follow through to ensure everything was complete. Our Moisture and Termite inspector said it was the best "under house" inspection he'd done!

Larry Bianchi

Virginia Beach