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Drainage Controls Proper yard drainage is highly important to protect your home and maintain your outdoor living spaces. Even a small amount of standing water could have a way of becoming larger problems when ignored. At Seattle Landscaping, we design and install yard drainage solutions to alleviate flooding, standing water or soggy areas around your home. We fully assess the drainage issues affecting your property. We will provide the solutions to solve drainage problem in your lawn and garden and preventing runoff water from getting into your yard, crawl space and foundation or basement. Drainage caused by elevations: Commonly, houses in the Northwest experiencing drainage problems are houses built on low lying land with exposure to rainwater runoff from higher ground during heavy rain. Keeping water from coming to the foundation, eliminates the potential of leaking through the foundation walls into the basement. Standing water at the foundation level could cause the foundation to deteriorate prematurely. Also, standing water is one of the leading causes of root rotting diseases to lawn and garden as well as creating mud, reducing access into to lawn and garden areas. Each situation is different. The solutions may include one or more of the following: Re-grade the problem area, altering the elevation to encourage proper run off, create outlets allowing storm water runoff to appropriate locations, or installing a drainage correction systems. Yard Drainage Problems: Clayey soil is the main cause of yard drainage problem. A garden with drainage problem will suffocate the root systems and kill the lawns and plants. Even when standing water is not present, soggy soil has a direct affect to the roots of the plants. If the roots of a plant are weak then the plant will be vulnerable to various diseases and will not grow well or die. The main culprit for standing water in the lawn is the clayey soil or compacted soil. In particular, clayey soil or compacted soil prevents water from moving through the ground. Also, improper soil grading can cause puddles in the lawn. If the yard is not graded properly, the water will sit for days until it evaporates. As a result, the grass stops growing because it cannot maneuver its roots through the dense soil for nutrients and air pockets and it effectively suffocates under the standing water. A good yard drainage should be able to eliminate rainwater in two ways, one is seeping to the ground and another is running off the yard. The solutions may include one or more of the following: Soil amending, excavating and replacing new topsoil, re-grading the problem area, altering the elevation to encourage proper run off. If you need this service, our drainage installation service is required on-site analysis for diagnosing drainage problems. Wet Basement: There are two type of wet basements, one is caused by runoff rain water from above the ground that leaks through cracked foundation or cove joints during heavy rain. Other type of wet basements is groundwater naturally discharges from springs on a frequent even when it's not raining. If it is a case, you might need to consult a wet basement contractor who specializes in spring water. There is usually a much rain water for wet basement problems than a spring beneath the house. Runoff rain water can get in the basement through cracked foundation walls due to poor soil grading along the foundation. To solve the problem, we re-grade the soil along the foundation areas, altering the elevation to encourage proper runs off, create outlets allowing storm water runs off away from the foundation, and or installing water proof membranes along outside the foundation if needed. Another potential source of wet basement problem is clogged drain pipes or downspouts. Many older homes, in the past drain pipe systems were made out of clay or concrete and have joints at every 16”. Due to soil settling, the pipe have a much higher level of failure resulting in flooding of basements and crawl spaces. When the old clay and concrete drain tiles collapse, or its joints shifted out of alignment, roots and dirt clog the drain; the basement has no drainage protection and the basement floods. To solve the problem, we replace it with PC pipes and divert the water to an appropriate locations or a dry-well. Damaged or clogged gutters can lead to water overflowing out of the gutters. Water spilling over gutters can also cause leaking basement and eroding soil. To solve the solve the clogged gutters problem, homeowners might need to clean or replace the gutters. It is better to address the wet basement problem as soon as it discovered before it becomes a much larger problem. As times passes mold and mildew begins to grow and this might affects your quality of life in the home. For more information about drainage controls or requesting an estimate, please contact us.
Drainage Controls Commonly, houses in the Northwest experiencing drainage problems are houses built on the lower elevation with exposure to rainwater runoff from higher ground. During heavy rain, water may be running down the slope and spilling onto properties. Keeping water from coming to the foundation eliminates the potential of leaking through the basement walls into the basement. Standing water at the foundation level could cause the foundation to deteriorate prematurely. Also, standing water is one of the leading causes of root rotting diseases to lawn and garden as well as creating mud, reducing access into to lawn and garden areas. Lawn & Garden Drainage: A yard with drainage problem will suffocate the root systems and kill the lawns and plants. Depending on the kind of problem you have, our solutions to eliminate the problem could be re-grade the problem area altering the elevation to encourage proper run off, create outlets allowing storm water runoff to appropriate locations, or installing a drainage correction systems. We offer many different types of drainage systems, including French drains, channel drains, atrium drains, and swales are other possibilities. All of our drainage systems are either hidden, or blend in with the landscape. For instance, creating a running stream with cobble rocks. Leaking Basement: There are two type of wet basements, one is caused by runoff rain water from above  the ground that leaks through cracked foundation or cove joints during heavy rain, and other is groundwater naturally discharges from springs on a frequent even when it's not raining. There is usually a much rain water for wet basement problems than a spring or cavern beneath the basement. If your basement water is coming from the spring water. You might want to contact a basement contractor to install a sump pump system. If your basement water is coming from heavy rain, you might want to contact us. According to basement experts, repairing a foundation cracks from the inside is slim chance of success because of hydrostatic pressure, and repairing from the outside is more successful but costly because it requires extensive excavation and landscape repairs. As landscapers, our solutions to eliminate a leaking basement could be, re- grade soil along the foundation area altering the elevation to encourage proper run off or and installing water proof membranes along outside the foundation. Our solutions are better, because keeping rainwater off the foundation is preventing the foundation to deteriorate prematurely. If you need this service, our drainage installation service is required on-site analysis for diagnosing drainage problems.
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