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Calculating the Importance of Gutters and Drainage

How you can protect your home in North Carolina with proper water management of your drainage and gutters.

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The weather controls so much of our homes’ longevity. States that experience actual seasons, like North Carolina, have to endure snow and heavy rainfall, which can be a welcome reprieve from hot, muggy summers. However, if you live in an area that’s at risk of flooding, you may need to rethink the design of your drainage to prevent damage to your crawl space or basement. 

We’ve created a guide to help you explore all options for enhancing your property’s drainage. We delve into learning how much rainwater your home’s catchment area might collect, what repair costs would look like after the damage has wreaked havoc on your home, and what you can do to prevent water damage. 

Rainwater and How Much of It Falls on an Average-Sized Home

calculating rainfall accumulation on a single-family home

Have you ever wondered how many gallons of rainwater your lawn absorbs? Water can potentially ruin your foundation if rain runoff isn’t properly diverted to water-absorbing soil and away from your foundation. 

Before you think of ways you can increase your home’s value, imagine all of the outside elements caused by extreme weather that can reduce the value of your home over time. 

Based on the chart above, we’ll review how much rainwater falls on the roof of a 1,600-square-foot home. 

  • 1” of rainwater will amount to 997 gallons of water
  • 5” of rainwater amounts to 4,984 gallons of water
  • 12” of rainwater amounts to 11,962 gallons of water

To put that into perspective, one gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. The combination of rainwater, snow, and melted ice can be a major source for foundation damage. 

While rain is great for making your shrubbery and landscaping happy, it wears on your foundation in different ways. A downpour of rain can accumulate on your landscape, seeping into the soil. If the soil becomes saturated with water, the groundwater becomes pressurized, resulting in pressure cracks in basements. 

Any leaks in your home should be addressed immediately. What could have been a minor fix may turn into a costly repair. 

Repair Costs for Water Damage

cost of water damage, repairs and flood cleanup

How much does it cost to repair water damage in your home? Use the chart above, illustrating the 1,600-square-foot home as a frame of reference. The value of the home is $350,0000. 

  • 1” of water entering the home amounts to $26,807
  • 1’ of water entering the home amounts to $72,163
  • Damaged foundation could cost $105,000

When you weigh the pros and cons of spending money to waterproof your basement or crawl space, consider how much more money it will cost to make repairs once the damage is done. This list of reasons for investing in waterproofing your home is long. It would be a lot more cost-effective to install gutters, downspouts, and basement waterproofing than repairing the damage. 

Water damage can become pricey in repair costs alone. Consider also the cost and time it takes to clean up the water, remove the debris, and go through any personal items ruined in the flooding. 

Beyond structural damage, flooding can lead to mold growth, termites, pests, and lingering musty-smelling odors. If you experience respiratory problems, the home can become unlivable, depending on how severe the condition of mold and moisture is. 

Here are troubling signs to look for in your crawl space

  • Crawl space damage
  • Termites
  • Mold or rot
  • High humidity

When it comes to your basement, you might detect more conspicuous signs of water damage

  • Leaking windows
  • Large wall cracks
  • Floor cracks

If your home has reached the point where it may need foundation repairs, here is what to look for when you survey your basement:

  • Settlement sinking
  • Bowing walls
  • Sagging floors
  • Cracks on walls and floors

Dry Pro understands the burden of costs that come with foundation repairs. If you need assistance with financing your repair project, Dry Pro offers financing options. The application process is quick, you’ll receive flexible payment options, and you can schedule the project at a time that is convenient for you. 

Schedule your free inspection in southwestern North Carolina today. 

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