Yard and Drainage Solutions
Fixing yard drainage problems can help to keep water from accumulating near the foundation of your home and entering the basement and causing the need for a waterproofing system to be installed. We have solutions to keep the water flowing in the right direction (away from your home), by making sure your gutters, downspouts and window wells are working properly. When you have water puddling or pooling in your yard you may find yourself asking "Why is it important to stop or prevent yard flooding?" but we have the answers.
When you have moisture building up your lawn, it's never a good thing. It's going to eventually make its way into the ground and seep into your basement through the cove joint, or through wall or floor cracks. This water can cause serious damage to this space below your home - it will damage a nicely finished basement and could certainly ruin any family heirlooms or important items that are stored down there. Additionally, the added moisture and humidity can lead to the growth of nasty mold and bacteria, which will eventually make its way upstairs into your main living space.
It's also important to keep excess rain water from flooding your lawn if you have a garden or landscaped area. This could kill your plants, and it's also going to be very inviting to mosquitoes. Needless to say, this is not something you want on your lawn, so call us for the most effective yard and drainage solutions for your home!
Yard Drainage Problems
When you have a yard drainage problem, it generally means the water on your property is not draining away quickly enough after it rains or when the snow melts. If you know what problems to be looking for, you can make informed decisions about what needs to be done to resolve them. Please look at the following list of potential yard drainage problems that you could have and you can view more information about the issue, or you can contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
Water Accumulating Near Foundation
If there is water accumulation around the foundation of your house because that is where your downspouts drain or your above-ground extensions get knocked off, it is imperative that you extend your downspouts your downspouts away from your house permanently. Dumping large amounts of water near your foundation can not only cause your sump pump to work excessively, but the splashing and runoff from the downspouts can erode valuable landscaping. Even more crucial, excessive wetting of the soil around your foundation can cause the underlying soil to move unevenly, which possibly can lead to structural problems that require foundation repairs.
Standing Water in the Yard
Below a few inches of grass and topsoil, most of us have very dense clay soil, which is why water stands in the yard, sometimes for days after a heavy rain. This standing water is a nuisance, robbing you of the use of the yard, and creating a mosquito breeding ground.
Standing water can also lead to long term effects such as killing your grass or plants and ultimately working against your home to direct water toward your foundation. It is important to have a proper drainage system in place to control the excess standing water or even look into installing an underground drain.
Sump Pump Discharge Line Freezes
Unless your discharge has a way to always let the water out, it will freeze in the wintertime and cause several problems for you. If the end of the pipe is frozen shut, the water that your sump pump ejects will come right back into the basin and cause your pump to run excessively. This can cause your electric bills to be much higher than necessary as the pump will be running near constantly.
This can also lead to a mechanical failure of your pump from begin overworked which can lead to the water eventually flooding back into the basement.
Yard Drainage Solutions
While the causes of yard drainage can vary from home to home, there are a few products and methods that we have successfully used over the years that can improve the overall drainage that is happening on your property.
Underground Downspout Extensions
Installing a system of underground downspout extensions can help ensure water is not dumping straight into your yard but instead into a controlled area away from the home. The underground downspout extension system we install includes:
- Burying a length of pipe that ensures roof water is far from your foundation walls
- A leaf screen that ensures the underground pipe won't become clogged with debris
- Can be laid under a sidewalk without breaking up the concrete, in most cases
- A LawnScape Well allows water to gently percolate to lawn, reducing erosion
We also offer underground extension for your sump pump discharge lines, which will prevent your sump pump from discharging right next to your house and causing soil erosion or even seeping right back into your basement.
Underground Yard Drainage System
In most cases, if we can locate a neighboring low spot (swale, drainage ditch or storm sewer), we can install an underground drainage system that will help the ground to dry out much quicker after a storm, adding increased utility and value to your home.
A proper discharge line for a sump pump shouldn't end at the foundation wall. If it does, discharged water could easily seep back into your basement or crawl space. The proper solution is to install a discharge pipe that slopes away from the foundation of your home.
A frozen discharge line is common since the temperature in Chicagoland often dips below 32 degrees for extended periods of time. If the discharge line pipe is blocked with debris or frozen water, your sump pump may continue to run but the system won't expel water due to blockage. When a discharge line is frozen and the pump is working continuously, so not only could you get water in your basement but it could cause the pump to overheat and fail.
Perma-Seal uses the specially designed Ice Guard™ which automatically allows water to escape through its perforations when the rest of the pipe on a discharge line is frozen or blocked. There are no valves or hoses to attach, so it is maintenance-free. Additionally, the Ice Guard™ is a secondary protection system that will ensure any volume of water discharging from a sump pump doesn't backup into a basement and is expelled outside.
If you have any of the problems listed above, don't hesitate to contact us and set up a meeting with one of our experts.