Why Grading & Drainage is So Important
Water can cause serious problems. Besides erosion, water can cause foundation damage, lawn damage, and can also drown your trees & plant material if it sits in those areas. Don’t worry! ScapeWorx Can Help You! We have been dealing with water for well over a decade and will provide you with the right drainage solution.
7 Reason Why Grading & Drainage is So Important:
- Prevents Soil Erosion:
- Excess water can cause soil to erode, washing away valuable nutrients and destabilizing land surfaces. Effective drainage controls water flow, reducing erosion and preserves soil integrity.
- Protects Structures:
- Water accumulation around foundations can lead to structural damage, including cracks and weakening of the foundation itself. A proper drainage system will ensure that the water is directed away from buildings, protecting their structural integrity.
- Reduces Waterlogging:
- When the ground is saturated the soil can suffocate plant roots, leading to plant stress, disease, and death. Proper drainage prevents waterlogging, ensuring that plants receive the right balance of water and air in the soil.
- Prevents Flooding:
- Drainage systems are essential for preventing flooding during heavy rainfalls. They manage the flow of water so it moves quickly and efficiently away from your property.
- Minimizes Mosquitos:
- Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which carry diseases such as West Nile virus and the Zika virus. Eliminating stagnant water significantly reduces the amount of these unwanted pests.
- Enhance Irrigation Effectiveness:
- Good drainage will ensure water reaches where it's needed, optimizing water use in lawn and landscape settings.
- Enhances Outdoor Areas:
- Soaked lawns and sitting water are unusable and unsightly areas on your property.. The right drainage solutions will transform these areas into beautiful and functional spaces, enhancing the overall usability and enjoyment of outdoor areas.
Grading & Drainage FAQ's
A: Grading is more of leveling or sloping the ground. Drainage involves the methods and systems used to remove excess water from an area, either on the surface or below ground. While grading sets the foundation for effective water flow, drainage ensures that the water is efficiently directed away from structures and landscapes to prevent water-related issues.
A: Proper grading is crucial because it directs water away from buildings and structures, preventing water accumulation that can lead to foundation damage, flooding, and erosion. Effective grading ensures that drainage systems work efficiently, maintaining the health of the structures & landscapes.
A: Signs of poor drainage include standing water after rain, water stains on basement walls, soggy or waterlogged areas in the yard, and erosion. If you see any of these issues,you most likely will need drainage improvements.
A: French drains, catch basins, or channel drains. Fixing the slope of the land, and creating swales to direct water. Each property is unique so the best solutions vary from property to property.
A: Yes, landscaping can significantly impact drainage and grading. Plants, trees, and garden beds can either help or hinder water flow. It's important to plan your landscaping with drainage in mind, such as by planting water-tolerant species in areas prone to moisture and using landscaping features like rain gardens to manage runoff.
A: While minor adjustments can sometimes be made by homeowners, significant drainage and grading issues often require the expertise of professionals. Drainage contractors can provide assessments & design effective solutions.
A: It's a good practice to assess your property's drainage and grading at least once a year, typically in the spring or after heavy rains. Regular inspections can help identify potential problems early, preventing more serious damage and costly repairs in the future.
In Glen Mills, Garnet Valley, & Media PA we install pop up drains, surface drains, channel drains, chambers, swales, & more... If you are having water issues, Give Us a Call NOW.
We will be more than happy to help you with your problems. We will go over options for grading and drainage and discuss the best solution for your property.
Drainage Projects Can Also Be Decorative!
The picture to the left was a job we did for a family in Garnet Valley on Laughead Ln. We installed natural stone steppers, river rock, and plants. We also re-graded the entire front and back lawn and also added some boulders to hold the dirt back in the retention area.
This property had the township street drains running right through their backyard. There was a 1 ft pipe exposed right behind the steppers we installed. We installed the steppers for functionality and also to hide the ugly pipe. You can’t see it from the picture but we also fabricated and created a concrete channel drain so the water would go underneath the steps, while at the same time providing structural integrity.
The back lawn was also elevated and properly pitched so we could control where the water would end up. The drainage basin was installed so when we had torrential downpours the water had a place to go because of Bethel township's existing drainage system. This work was approved by the township.
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