It’s essential to control and remove stormwater in your yard and away from your home. Wet spots in your yard are a nuisance and an eyesore at the least. At the worst, drainage problems in your yard can cause your basement to leak or your foundation to erode. Grass will die if it’s underwater for too long. You can’t mow over wet areas, and everyone tracks mud into the house.
Drainage solutions can provide an effective barrier for keeping water away from and out of the home. Through a proper grading & drainage solution, you can help protect your home from water.
Whether you have erosion problems or standing water issues that need to be resolved, it’s essential to find an expert and trusted company that can solve all of your grading & drainage issues. In the Atlanta & Athens areas, that’s DriTek Solutions!
Stormwater Drainage Problems
Standing or Pooling Water
Standing or pooling water issues in your yard are usually seen in the following ways:
- Areas of your yard stay wet after it rains
- You have unusable outdoor space due to water buildup
- Water pools at your garage door or on your driveway or walkway
- Dead trees, grass, or plants
- Mud never seems to dry up in your yard
- Water intrusion into your basement, crawl space, or slab foundation
Erosion in your yard is actually quite serious and is usually seen in the following ways:
- Dead trees, grass, or plants
- Exposed roots
- Landscapes changes, such as more rocks or hardened/denser ground
- Mulch and/or soil streams when it rains
- Gullies or small rivers when it rains
- Exposed foundation structures
Wet Basement or Foundation
Wet basement, crawl space, and slab foundations are usually seen in the following ways:
- Basement leaks or flooding
- Crawl space leaks or flooding
- Dampness, moisture or humidity in basements, crawl spaces, or slab foundations
- Mineral deposits (efflorescence) on basement or crawl space walls
- Mold and mildew
- Bad odors in basement or crawl space
Stormwater Drainage Solutions
Complete Underground Solutions
There is a difference in the way you should handle excess water around your home and yard, depending on whether the problem is with surface water or subsurface water. In some cases, both surface and subsurface drainage systems will be needed in order to solve your drainage problem.
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. On existing homes the best solution is sometimes installing a complete drainage solution in the yard which includes a combination of some or all of the expert solutions listed below.
We are experts at drainage and grading and can plan and install a complete drainage solution to solve all of your yard’s drainage problems. We use only the highest quality PVC pipes that stand the test of time and, if maintained properly, won’t clog or deteriorate.
Downspout Extensions & Rerouting
In a 1-inch rain, 1250 gallons of water fall on the roof of a 2,000-square-foot house. Without proper gutters and downspouts, the water is directed toward the perimeter of your foundation. Downspouts without extensions can deposit large amounts of rainwater in a small and concentrated area. Gutters and downspouts commonly cause problems with both drainage and foundation structures because the landscaping and soil near a house can form a basin for water.
Downspout extensions & rerouting allows water to drain in a controlled manner and away from your home. Downspouts can empty into a subsurface drain or into outlet spreaders & discharge water in a thin layer of a grassy area away from your house foundation.
We are experts at extending downspouts as a part of a proper drainage solution. We use only the highest quality PVC pipes that stand the test of time and, if maintained properly, won’t clog or deteriorate.
Catch Basins & Dry Wells
Catch basins catch, hold and filter runoff water from your lawn and around your house. They help with proper drainage and catch debris, which helps prevent pipes from becoming clogged. They can serve as a rainwater reservoir during periods of heavy rain and this allows the yard time to drain correctly. Catch basins also serve to prevent basements from flooding for this same reason.
A dry well is a large well filled with gravel or rocks that catches excess water and holds it while it soaks into the ground. They are very effective on large yards and when excessive water runoff is a problem. We can install precast dry wells of various sizes or build them to suit your property’s needs.
We are experts at installing catch basins and dry wells as a part of a proper drainage solution. We use only the highest quality building materials and PVC pipes that stand the test of time and, if maintained properly, won’t clog or deteriorate.
Channel & Trench Drains
A channel drain (also called a trench drain) is a linear drain that collects and moves water through an underground drainage system. It collects and distributes water over a large area. These are most commonly in needed front of garages or on walkways and patios. They are sort of like a gutter on the ground.
Channel drains can be constructed of many different types of materials, such as chemical-resistant plastic or concrete. The grates can be sturdy plastic, galvanized steel and even decorative & colored iron.
The benefits of channel drains are numerous. They are easy to maintain and an effective long-term solution for removing water. They control water flow after heavy rain and reduce soil erosion. They are customizable for many applications and finishing desires. And they can be easily connected to complete underground drainage solutions, if needed.
Channel drains can withstand everything from pedestrians to tractor trailer traffic loads. This makes them a perfect solution for both residential and commercial applications. We are experts at designing and installing channel drains in any situation or environment that you need one.
French drains are extremely versatile for solving all kinds of drainage problems, both inside and outside your home. French drains allow water to drain as it moves through soil and gravel. Exterior French drains can be installed around the foundation and tied into the rest of your drainage solution and help decrease the amount of water pooling around the base of your home.
They essentially spread water over a large area through a buried perforated pipe. French drains can either stand alone or be combined with a dry well as a part of a complete underground drainage solution.
Your home may have had a French drain installed when it was built, but it was either incorrectly installed or has deteriorated, and that is causing your drainage problem. French drain materials have evolved over time and we only use the highest quality building materials in ours.
It’s best to have an expert, such as DriTek Solutions, inspect and install a french drain so that you can be sure that it will be long-lasting and function properly.
Dry Creek Beds
A dry creek bed is a gully or trench, usually lined with rock or stones and landscaped with plants to look like a natural area. Dry creek beds are perfect drainage solutions that are known for preventing soil erosion by reducing water runoff.
Dry creek beds are quite versatile and can be incorporated into virtually any landscape situation. They can stand alone or use drains and wells to further solve your drainage problem. And they have become popular solutions because many people really like the way they look in their yard.
A dry creek bed, when properly designed and installed, can channel water away from a low spot in your yard or redirect water runoff into a rain garden or a dry well. They serve to solve drainage problems and be pleasing landscaping features at the same time.
We have years of experience and expertise in designing and installing dry creek beds in various settings, from small yards to large industrial areas.
Landscaping & Hardscapes
Often we find improperly designed and/or installed landscaping and hardscapes causing drainage problems. If there is little to no landscaping present in erosion areas, that will only make a drainage problem worse as the soil needs something to keep it in place. Improperly designed and installed hardscapes can actually direct water toward, rather than away from, your home. Or you may find that water pools or ponds on your driveway, walkway, or patio.
Retaining walls are both functional and beautiful and built for a variety of reasons. They keep plants and soil in place and prevent sliding and soil degradation. They can also be used to terrace a yard, providing more usable space for your and your family. Retaining walls provide support to the soil and inhibit runoff, which reduces erosion. Because drainage pipes and channels can be built into them, they are also effective forms of flood control.
We provide complete expert landscaping design and installation services, including sod, flowers, trees, and all types of hardscapes. We also build retaining walls in all sizes and shapes and we can customize them with many types of materials.
Proper grading is essential for both correct yard drainage as well as keeping your home’s foundation dry and structurally sound. 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 grading the yard so that water drains away from the house on all sides. It’s important that the soil be graded properly, which is more than simply sloping away from the house.
Often times, during construction the soil around your home has been backfilled without the correct compaction and then it settles. This is especially true under porch and patio stoops where water can pool near your foundation and cause damage. Other times, especially with older homes, construction trash pits have been buried and as the trash decomposes you are left with a sink hole in your yard t hat is both unsightly and potentially dangerous.
We are experts in grading & construction and can help you with any grading issues, even when they involve your porch, stoops or sink holes.