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Getting Started With Drainage Control

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Drainage and erosion are a natural processes. Do not panic. Every property has some degree of surface and groundwater flow. You will never be able to control these drainage's entirely. So the goal of absolute drainage control is usually not technically feasible nor is it usually necessary. The practice of drainage control is really the practice of managing flows to the point where they are not contributing to accelerated erosion and landsliding.

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Surface and ground waters influence slope erosion and stability. Each year wet weather stresses many vulnerable properties to their points of failure which causes severe erosion and landsliding events around WNC. These notable occurrences can usually be traced to the following issues: recent changes in the surface conditions around a property; accumulated small slope stability weaknesses that go undetected or unattended; or poor drainage system performance on a property.

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Drainage and erosion are a natural processes. Do not panic. Every property has some degree of surface and groundwater flow. You will never be able to control these drainage's entirely. So the goal of absolute drainage control is usually not technically feasible nor is it usually necessary. The practice of drainage control is really the practice of managing flows to the point where they are not contributing to accelerated erosion and landsliding.

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Perhaps you've heard this question before; Spring is here, and so are the incessant heavy rains. I have several places near my house where water ponds. This can't be a good thing for my house, as I constantly am battling water in my basement and part of the house that has a crawlspace under it. My lot isn't really that flat, so I'm at a loss as to what's going on. Do I have to call a professional to solve this issue, or can I just add soil to fill in the low spots? What are my options?

 

Surface drainage is the removal of water that collects on the land surface. A surface drainage system consists of shallow ditches and should include land smoothing or land grading. This type of system is suitable for all slowly permeable soils and for soils with fragipans or clay subsoils. The rate at which water is removed by surface drainage depends on several interrelated factors, including rainfall, soil properties, and cropping patterns. A surface drainage system should remove excess water within 24 to 48 hours.

 

When protecting the value and usability of your property from water damage your goal is to capture excess water, move it away from your home and then disperse or store it in a safe manner.

 

A drainage problem is a serious problem that requires the right solution. If you do not immediately address water drainage issues you expose yourself to property damage, reduced functionality of your yard, health issues and “surprise” repair costs later.

 

The Wrong Solution, the “Quick & Dirty” Solution: Many homeowners believe they can solve their drainage problems by simply moving dirt (grading) or digging shallow trenches. These temporary fixes do not effectively solve the problem and can actually make the problem worse.

 

The majority of homeowners report that they are unhappy with the results of temporary solutions – and end up trying another approach within 12 months.

 

SGT Structural Repairs offers drainage system solutions to solve the following problems:

  • Water in Yard

  • Downspout Runoff

  • Water on Driveway

  • Water in Basement/Crawl Space

  • Water in Planter Area

  • Water on Walkway

  • Water on Patio/Pool Deck

  • Neighbor Runoff