Waterproofing often starts on the outside

Do you have any of the following drainage problems?

  • Areas of your yard stay wet
  • Unusable outdoor space due to water buildup
  • Water pooling at your garage door or on your driveway
  • Soil erosion issues around home, driveway, porch or walkway
  • Part of your yard looks like a river during heavy rain events
  • Water intrusion in basement, crawl space or slab foundation

Over time that water will cause damage to your home. A proper outdoor drainage system is important in keeping your home dry. Good drainage systems and proper sealing will go a long way in protecting the interior of your home or building.

If water pools up and stands against your foundation, your home becomes more susceptible to basement leaks, flooding, and water in crawl spaces. Properly grading and draining your yard so that water runs away from the house can prevent damage to your foundation and water from intruding inside. French drains, catch basins, and other drainage solutions can provide an effective barrier for keeping water out. One of the biggest rules is simply to keep water away from the home. Through a proper drainage system, you can help protect your home from water.


Finding a Drainage Expert

Most landscapers claim to be drainage experts, but most don’t really understand proper grading and how houses are built. Proper grading and drainage is more than just sloping the dirt away from your house. You need a true expert in grading, drainage, landscaping and construction to truly fix your drainage and grading problems.

At DriTek Solutions, we are the experts with 30 years of experience in the Atlanta area. We have drainage solutions for your property to make sure the water stays outside and remains where it belongs. If you are having any problems with standing water or water coming into your home, give us a call to schedule a free estimate and we will find the answer!


Our Solutions

 


Grade Slopes

The best defense against water intrusion through the foundation is to prevent water from saturating the soil around the foundation. This can be done by constructing the foundation and grading the site so that water drains away from the house on all sides.


Swales

A swale is a channel that is dug to receive storm water overflow, allowing it a path to flow away from the home. Swales can provide a way to slow water runoff and allow natural draining into the soil on the site. They are typically located along property boundaries along a natural grade. They will also draw in water that would otherwise sit in a flat yard and they can divert water flowing toward the house from an upward sloping yard. Swales are typically planted with specific types of vegetation to reduce erosion, to help remove any pollutants found in the storm water runoff, and to improve the beauty of the design.


Drains

Drains can be installed to collect and direct surface water away from the foundation. Metal grated drains can be installed at the base of driveways that slope toward the house. Perforated drain pipe can be buried in rock-filled trenches upslope from the house. These drains can be piped to carry water runoff underground to a basin or well, storm sewer (is allowed), or another approved discharge point.


Retrofitting Existing Homes and Buildings

Once a home has been constructed and concrete driveways and patios are poured, it is sometimes a difficult and expensive process to regrade the site should water issues arise due to a negative slope on one or more sides of the home. Other options for dealing with water that wants to flow toward the house are to install footing drains, if they don’t currently exist, and to install waterproofing on the exterior surface of the below-grade walls. Swales or other drainage systems can be also be installed.Sometimes a combination of measures is needed to keep the basement or crawlspace dry.


Gutters and Downspouts

A few inches of rain falling on the roof of a house can produce several thousand gallons of water runoff. This runoff must be channeled away from the building foundation to keep the basement or crawlspace dry and to prevent water from seeping into the building interior where it may create moisture problems. If not drained away from the house, moisture can lead to a variety of problems, including mold, indoor air quality problems and weakens the durability of the structure.

As a whole-house best practice, it is important to design the house exterior with climate-appropriate flashing, overhangs, gutters, downspouts, and drainage planes to shed rainwater and conduct it away from the house. Here in Atlanta, GA we live in a mixed-humid climate. A system of gutters and downspouts is particularly important to keep water away from the building foundation in areas with expansive soils, such as here in Atlanta, GA and the surrounding areas.Expansive soils swell when they get wet and can put extreme pressure on foundations, even to the point of causing cracking or uplift of foundation materials. At the very least, when these soils get wet around a building, they can create a trough that collects water, increasing the likelihood of that water seeping into the foundation.


Contact Us

At DriTek Solutions, we are experts at solving all drainage and grading problems. For custom, patented, and permanent solutions from experienced contractors, call us today – 770-963-9393.

We may not be the biggest waterproofing & foundation repair company in Atlanta, but we work hard to be the best. Contact us and let us show you the DriTek Difference. You’ll be glad you did.

If you are in need of solutions for drainage and grading, at DriTek Solutions, we can help. We are experts at drainage and grading and we can fix any drainage and grading problem you have.

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