Let Behncke Construction fix and prevent your common drainage issues.
Drainage and grading are obvious concerns for every foundation.
Downspouts and Gutters - We always recommend homeowners properly maintain all gutters- keep them clean and clear to allow water to flow freely. Another important step is ensuring the downspouts are directed to drain away from the foundation.
Grade - Unknowingly, the grade of the lawn could be causing the worst of your property's issues. Even a neighboring yard could be inadvertently directing water onto your property and causing a drainage issue.
Moisture in Basement - If your lawn or landscape has a slope, or has been improperly graded so that water flows towards your foundation, you may end up with excess moisture in your basement.
Types of Drain Systems
The best solution is prevention.
Grassy swale A swale is an area of the lawn which is carefully graded to direct water. A swale helps dissipate water over a larger area, or directs the water to a bog planting or a drain.
French drain A French drain is the most well-known type of outdoor drainage system. While the specifics vary, a French drain is usually comprised of a perforated pipe which is surrounded by gravel then wrapped in filter fabric to keep mud and particles out. A French drain directs water to a drain rather than dispersing it within the landscape.
Dry well system A dry well is an environment-friendly alternative to a French drain, because it discharges the storm water on-site. Downspouts or drains are directed to an underground storage well. The water slowly filters out of the well and eventually ends up back in the groundwater tables.
Corrugated plastic tubes This is an inexpensive solution for directing water from downspouts. It’s simply a corrugated tube made of plastic which sits over the end of the downspout and can be buried underground to direct water within the landscape to disburse, or to a drain.