Do you need drainage contractor? If you have a wet basement, standing water, a spring, or a swamp or a river running through your yard, you may want to hire a professional. The experts at Moyers’ Lawn Service and Landscaping have been correcting drainage problems for over 35 years. Just to be on the safer side of things, call Moyers’, your professional drainage contractor, today at 301-251-9822 or request a Free Estimate from our website.
A soggy lawn is aggravating, but a flooded basement or crawlspace is expensive and potentially destructive. Fixing a wet basement doesn’t have to be expensive. Before doing anything to complicated make sure to always fix foundation and gutter drainage issues first. Having the correct slope and gutter drainage will naturally move the water away from the foundation.
The first step in repairing your drainage problem is to figure out why your yard, lawn or garden has a drainage problem, and then develop a plan on how to best fix it. Look at all of your downspouts to analyze the amount of water your yard is expected to absorb. Check the amount of soil along the foundation of your house. Do you have the required slope to encourage proper water flow away from the house? Is there standing water in your yard? Also, what other areas is water invading your yard? For example, maybe you have a river of water that originates from your neighbors? It is important to fully understand the problem before coming up with a solution.
Foundation Drainage: The first step in correcting foundation drainage issues is to determine if the soil around your home has the proper slope. Ideally, the ground should slope away from the house at least 6 inches over 10 feet. If there is insufficient slope you may need to add soil along the foundation, resituate soil in adjacent areas, or you may need to re-grade adjacent areas to provide the desired slope. Correcting slope does not always involve adding soil. Make sure not to pile up too much soil around the foundation of your house. If there is too much soil along your foundation it may need to be removed. Sometimes soil needs to be removed from adjacent areas to create the desired slope.
French Drains and Drywells: If your yard is very flat and the foundation wall is not tall enough to allow soil to be added, you may need to install a French drain. This system works by removing water from unwanted areas, like your foundation walls, and moving the water through pipes into a French drain or drywell some distance away to a safer location allowing the water to percolate into the ground.
Downspout Drainage: The idea of correcting downspout drainage issues is a matter of getting the water away from the house and spread out over an area of yard that can absorb it. Sometimes it may be that you have too much roof area draining through a single downspout, or two down spouts very close together, you will want to consider altering your gutter and downspout arrangement to add more downspouts or rearrange the ones you have. Ideally you want to move that water at least 3′ away from the house as quickly as possible.
Rain Barrel: You may wish to consider collecting some of the water from downspouts into a rain barrel and then slowly drain the barrel over the next day by having it hooked to a hose leading to a garden or flower bed. It is important to install an overflow pipe on your rain barrel for those very rainy days. Also, you want to make sure you do not allow the water to stand too long in the barrel which prevents mosquito problems.
Drainage Systems: There are many components of a drainage system. For most projects you will need plastic drain pipe, otherwise referred to as drain tile, gravel, and a lot of digging. In addition there are many styles of connectors, drain basins, and fabric used to create an effective drainage system.
If you have a river running through your lawn you need to figure out the source of origination and why it flows where it does. Does the river begin on your property or your neighbors? What is feeding the river? Is it flowing across an area that causes any problems for you? Is there a natural depression or swale that the river follows? Does it drain to a ditch, the street, or create a swamp in your yard? Be careful not to export you water problem to others. You may want to manage some of the drainage issues on site. This will help to benefit your lawn, trees, and plants will be healthier if you have created a store of rain water in the subsoil for your plants to access in dry times. Only after all other options to improve your drainage and keep the water in your own soil should you send the excess off-site.
Improving your soil can help to improve standing water. If your top soil is mostly clay, or is very compacted, your drainage will be greatly improved by amending the soil with compost, gypsum, or other organic matter and mixing it in by hand or with a rototiller. If you have a bed where the plants are drowning in water, then one solution might be using raised beds to raise them above the occasional water-logged situation.
Hire Moyers’ Lawn Service and Landscaping, a local area drainage correction expert, to solve your drainage problems. Moyers’ uses right tools and equipment to detect all drainage related problems and provide individuals with a better solution. Call the trusted of experts of Moyers’ today at 301-251-9822 or request a Free Estimate from our website.
Gravity: Gravity is a friend and a resource you should use. Water flows downhill, not uphill. Water will flow through loose gravel easier than through tight soil. Water will flow through a pipe easier that through gravel or soil. Drainage is improved when water can easily flow from wet areas to drier areas.
Drainage Materials: Remember that there are two types of drain pipe: perforated and solid. Perforated pipe has many holes punched or drilled into it to allow water to enter and exit the pipe. In any drainage system design there is often water flowing in through the perforations in a soggy area at the same time there is water flowing out of the perforations in a drier area. Solid pipe is used in a drainage system to carry water past areas where you do not want to add more water. Most drainage systems use both types of pipe or tile. Other materials used are 45 and 90 degree T connectors and fittings used to connect pipe to downspouts or other pipes.
French Drain: A French drain acts much like a perforated pipe in that it collects water from wet areas and distributes water to drier areas. French drainage systems often contain one or more pipes buried in the gravel trench to speed up the water flow.
Drywell: The purpose of a drywell is to allow water to enter the deeper subsoil faster and easier. It is simply a hole dug downward into the subsoil and filled with gravel or a sleeve. A small drywell can be dug with a posthole digger. A large drywell may use a drum or a precast concrete cylinder as a sleeve.
Moyers’ Lawn Service and Landscaping offers drainage solutions, installation, repair, and service in Montgomery County, Maryland. We are experts at grading and drainage corrections. We install river rock, dry creek beds, window wells, drainage systems, French drains, and drywells. We will customize a solution to meet your needs. So why delay. Stop the aggravation and call today at 301-251-9822 or request a Free Estimate from our website.
Drainage Job Testimonial
Rosie from Gaithersburg, Maryland contacted us because she had water overflowing onto her patio and near the edge of her swimming pool. She needed help from Moyers Lawn Service and Landscaping to find solution to her drainage problem.
After completing the job we were happy to receive the following email from Rosie:
“THANK YOU FOR THE EXCELLENT JOB! You sent the best crew ever. Look at their lovely work. I’m confident this will take care of the problem.”
Another email came from Rosie regarding some additional follow up work – “Once again, the best crew from Moyers Lawn Service and Landscaping made my retirement garden dream come true. Thank you, not only for the excellent work, but also for the personal touch, and knowing how nature touches us all. Till next time,”