Landscape Drainage – Surface Drainage
Proudly Servicing the Greater Alabama Area
During a one-inch rain, 1,250 gallons of water fall on the roof of a 2,000-square-foot house. Without proper grading, gutters, and downspouts, some of this water flows into your basement.
Sources of Wet Basements
Rain and rain-runoff are often the source of wet basements and foundation repairs.
To prevent water from leaking into your basement, look to gutters as your first line of defense. While gutters with downspout systems protect your house from rainwater, they can also compound surface drainage problems by concentrating runoff near the foundation.
This water must be moved at least 10’ away from the foundation to prevent wet basement or foundation repairs. Downspouts can be directed into a catch basin and or drain pipe system.
Drywell Solutions for Surface Drainage in Alabama
Water should be carried through a solid drainpipe to a drywell, daylight or to a pop-up emitter. Today’s recycled plastic drywells are easy to handle and work efficiently on many drainage problems.
The same type of system should be used for sump pump outlets. A sump pump installation is never complete until the water is directed away from the foundation so that it will not have to be pumped out of your basement again.
Move the Water Away From Your Home
The sump pump discharge line should be drained to a 3” or 4” solid line, that is buried, and then either run to daylight or to a pop-up emitter. It is very important for this discharge line to empty to a larger pipe as soon as possible, so as to not create back pressure on the sump pump.
Making sure the ground closest to your foundation is graded away from the home is also very important. Clear away sod and plantings, then gently build up the soil to slope away from the foundation. The 10 feet of ground closest to the house should slope at least six inches downward to keep water from seeping into the basement or flooding landscaping.
Surface Drainage is Important
Surface drainage is the single most important application of foundation waterproofing. Unless you have an underground spring or an unusually high water table, the surface drainage portion of your waterproofing system needs to control the greatest amount of water.
So as you can see having the correct drainage system in place is important. We are your landscape drainage Alabama provider. Call us today to schedule your appointment.