Landscaping Drainage 101

Landscaping and Exterior Drainage for Your Birmingham, Alabama Home

Why You Have Water in Your Alabama Yard

Surface Drainage Birmingham, AlabamaBirmingham and all of Alabama have significantly higher average rainfall than the rest of the United States, so water buildup can be a prolific problem for Birmingham homeowners and something that many homeowners will experience at least one. A variety of factors and contribute to water buildup in yards, but a few of the most common include:

Heavy rainfall: When an area of land endures substantial rainfall, the ground becomes heavily saturated and is unable to absorb any more water. Because the water cannot be absorbed further, it collects and pools in the yard.

Septic System Failure: Septic systems are designed to collect liquid waste from inside the home and redirect it. When these systems fail, waste can back up into your home or backyard, depositing large quantities of standing water.

Sloping property: Homeowners with low lying properties often experience extended water buildup as water from nearby properties with higher elevation spills down into their yard.

Gutter Exits: If you notice water collecting near your downspout exits, it is likely because the ground is sloped toward your house as opposed to away from it.

Not only does water buildup in your Alabama yard make it unpleasant to walk on, but it can also cause serious problems for your home and foundation. As we discussed earlier, pooling water means that the soil has been fully saturated and cannot absorb additional moisture. Heavy saturation greatly increases the soil’s hydrostatic pressure, so the soil will begin to push against the floor of your foundation, allowing water to permeate inside. When water infiltrates the home, it often manifests itself in a musty odor, mold and mildew, rotting of wood structures, and even the destruction of the floor and drywall. If left undetected or untreated, you could be facing expensive and time consuming repairs.

Landscape Drainage and Other Exterior Drainage and Waterproofing Solutions for Your Birmingham, Alabama Home

yard drainage AlabamaFortunately, you can nip water problems in the bud and prevent further complications by enlisting the help of Grout Tech, the foundation repair and water management experts in the Birmingham, Alabama area. We can work with you to determine and execute the best course of action in addressing the problem of water buildup in your backyard.
A few of the most common and effective solutions:

Surface Drainage System: This includes properly placed gutters, grading around the house, and drain pipe systems surrounding the foundation and is used to prevent water from pooling around the foundation.

Interior Drainage System: This method is used to redirect water that has seeped inside the house to the outside. If you have a basement, we can install a reliable and high quality basin or battery backup sump pump and ensure that it is properly directing water away from your home into a location that will not cause buildup.

Full Waterproofing: Proper waterproofing necessitates excavation so that all potential issues can be exposed and addressed individually. We begin the process by cleaning the foundation walls and spraying or rolling on a polymer waterproofing product. After this has dried, the coating will be masked with a dimple board product to enable improved downward water flow. We will then install an appropriately sloped drain pipe system to eradicate any future problems with pooling water.

Proper waterproofing is an extensive process that will pay dividends with respect to the elimination of water buildup. If you are experiencing water buildup in your Birmingham, Alabama backyard, do not wait until your foundation becomes affected too. Be proactive and call the Alabama foundation repair and water management experts at Nichols/Grout Tech today!

Waterproofing considerations with Spring Around the Corner

Plan Ahead and Protect your Alabama Home with Waterproofing

Before the snow melts from winter and the spring showers come, protect your Alabama home and basement by getting your basement waterproofed. When spring rains add inches of water, it will find the easiest path flow, and that is usually along your home’s foundation, down into the basement. Just a few inches of water in a basement can cause a lot of damage.When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly the risk of damage increases. Water damage can increase the risk of mold growth, creating a health hazard to you and your family.

Plan ahead and get the work done now, before more damage can occur. Signs that indicate it’s time for waterproofing are:

  • A musty odor coming from your basement
  • If you see a white, chalky residue, this indicated that dampness is trapped in your basement walls
  • If your basement walls are sweating with moisture

If you have any of these signs that your basement is in need of waterproofing, the professionals at Grout Tech can waterproof your Alabama basement before the spring rains come.

Interior Waterproofing Solution for Alabama

Grout Tech offers interior waterproofing solutions for basement waterproofing. A sealed interior drain tile system is one of the most important aspects of basement waterproofing and moisture control. This interior drainage system uses a perforated drain pipe that is installed inside the perimeter of the footing. This drain pipe connects to a sump pump system.

Another interior waterproofing system is a water channel. It is used for new construction and retrofitting. It sits on top of the footing to create a pathway for water to flow from the wall, across the footing and into a drain system. This provides added strength to the channel to prevent collapsing and warping along the wall. This water channel can be used on block or poured concrete. The benefits of the water channel are:

  • Easy installation
  • Durable design
  • Large dimples to prevent clogging
  • Protects against cold joint leaks

The water channel system and all of the interior waterproofing products that Grout Tech uses are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer of basement waterproofing products made in the industry.

Sump pumps are used for basement drainage. These sump pumps remove water that interior waterproofing in Alabama with sump pumpshas accumulated around and under the foundation and discharges it away from the foundation. The sump pumps that Grout Tech uses, made by Earth Contact Products, are designed to be the most energy efficient and highest performing and longest lasting sump pumps made today. You can rest assured that this sump pump system will last for many years.

Sump pumps are your first line of defense against water getting into your basement. It removes the water that collects in the sump basin and removes it away from the foundation.

Exterior Waterproofing Solutions for Alabama

Exterior waterproofing stops water from collecting around the foundation. Moisture is transferred from the outside of the building to the basement interior. Products needed for exterior waterproofing include:

  • Waterproofing membrane
  • Dimple drainage board
  • 4″ perforated drain pipe
  • 4″ drain pipe fittings
  • ECP sump basin
  • Combination primary/back-up sump pump
  • Dump pump discharge freeze guard

Grout Tech uses Earth Contact Products for all of their exterior waterproofing solutions. When your Alabama home is in need of exterior waterproofing, contact the professionals at Grout Tech. We have the solutions to your basement waterproofing needs. Whether you are in need of interior or exterior waterproofing for your Alabama home before the spring rains start, we can help. Don’t hesitate to call and get your waterproofing done now.