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Residential Drainage Improvements
We provide solutions for multiple drainage concerns, generally these can be grouped into the following 2 groups;
Exterior drainage concerns and Rainwater management
- Erosion prevention
- Downspout drain lines
- In-ground box drains
- Catch basins
- French drains
- Curtain drains
- Concrete work
- Dry creek beds
- Wet weather spring solutions
- Hard scape installations
We specialize in evaluating and providing solutions to water drainage issues. Commonly the symptoms of these issues may include wet basements, excessive outdoor erosion, landscape saturation, and or moisture inside the house or under the foundation.
Our goal is to address and correct the real issues by controlling, groundwater and roof/downspout water before it causes damage(or adds to subsurface saturation) . In most cases this is accomplished through grade corrections and or the installation of high quality drainage systems.
Solutions for Wet basements, crawlspaces, and other sub-surface water.
Many homeowners are dealing with sub-surface water issues. The following information is provided more in relation to these sub-surface issues, which most often appear as water entry into basements or crawlspaces.
Many of the calls may start with “I think my house is built on a spring”. The symptoms may include water entry into the basement, sump pump operating frequently, yard saturation, constant erosion, or other similar complaints.
Most of these issues stem from improper (outdoor) rainwater management. The poor management of this rainwater leads to ground water, saturated soils at foundations, which leaks into basements and crawlspaces, and the like.
Generally there are 2 ways to deal with these issues; Inside or Outside.
It is our preferred method to provide corrections from the outside (this is what sets Advanced apart from other “waterproofing” contractors). We prefer greatly to resolve water problems by dealing with the actual problem (from the outside of the structure), which is to eliminate the problem at its root, and provide for as much of a permanent solution with a non-mechanical system (very low to zero maintenance) as possible. It is a common occurrence (and generally our goal) that our work will “dry up” any sump pumps which may be already existent and active at a property.
Too often, these water issues are dealt with only on the inside of the structure, essentially allowing the water entry to continue, then collecting the water via an interior drain system, and pumping it out via a sump pump. This method is somewhat of the industry standard, but treats the symptom only, and does not provide adequate corrections for the underlying problems on the outside. This type repair allows the water entry to continue, which will often get worse, and then pumping it out, via a mechanical pump which may break down and will require maintenance. Sometimes these pumps become very active, with constant water leaks becoming more of a “water flow” over time. Other issues (such as humidity, foundation problems, etc) may continue or get worse as the source of water has not been removed.
In most cases, water entry into a basement or crawlspace is not due to any kind of natural “spring” as one might think of. There is usually a much simpler explanation for wet basement problems than a spring or cavern beneath the house. The problem typically is related to surface drainage, soil saturation and basement construction, which creates localized ground water, which then applies a constant hydrostatic water pressure against the foundation walls and slabs, which can seep into or around the structure for weeks after a rain.
Few, if any, basements are truly waterproof, at least not in the sense that they can remain dry while surrounded with water-saturated soil. To remain dry, basements need a properly designed and constructed surface, and sometimes sub-surface drainage system to intercept water and drain it away from the structure, preventing the water from ever reaching the basement walls or floor.
In some cases, sump pumps can be added to help alleviate seepage problem. Sump pumps can be very effective in preventing wet basements. However, they are mechanical devices that operate on electricity. If they fail, or if electrical service is disrupted, the result can be wet, or even flooded, basements. A generator or battery backup may be recommended. Again, because of all these mechanical requirements, and the maintenance involved with each, it is our goal, whenever possible to remove this same water saturation by dealing with the surface water issues on the outside of the structure.
The above information is provided for general information, and is our opinions, based on our experience and studies. Most drainage projects are unique in their own way, and require a thorough and proper diagnosis on your property to generate a proper solution.