Landscape Drainage Materials
There are three primary types of landscape drainage systems. Depending on the type of drainage system you are working with, the landscape drainage materials will vary.
For French Drain Systems, which are rather common, the landscape drainage materials needed include: a standard PVC pipe, plastic perforated pipes, and/or metal pipes.
Another drainage system known as a Combination Filter Fabric or Multi-flow Drainage system requires a different, unique set of landscape drainage materials. These landscape drainage materials include stacked perforated pipes wrapped in polypropylene filter fabric. This sort of drainage system helps prevent the passage of soil into the drainage system but in turn does not allow for high flow rates.
The final common form of landscape drainage is known as a Geotextile Fabric System. The landscape drainage materials needed for this system are a pipe system made of a non-woven geotextile fabric with a high density polyurethane core. This drainage system allows for a high flow rate.
To determine the proper landscape drainage materials for your specific drainage system, contact Intech Anchoring at for a free estimate and to speak with one of our experts.
There are two types of residential drainage systems, surface and subsurface drainage systems. Residential drainage systems provide a way to divert water away from your home to prevent flooding and potential foundation problems caused by water seepage.
Surface Drainage Solutions
Surface drainage solutions allow you to divert water away from your home by changing the landscape or above-ground yard structure. The following are several different surface drainage solutions:
- Diversion Ditches: Ditches can be forged around your property to divert water away from your home and into a trench.
- Open Channels: Open channels connect to your drain pipes or sewer to ensure that water is removed from the area.
- Grassed Waterways: Grassed waterways consist of downhill, grassy channels that naturally drain water and deter soil erosion on your property.
- Sloped Banks: Another surface drainage solution involves creating sloped banks on your property that flow away from your home, taking water with them.
Subsurface Drainage Solutions
Subsurface drainage solutions work underground or beneath the surface to remove water from areas with an excess of water saturated soil. These solutions do not require a change in yard or landscape appearance. The two subsurface drainage solutions provided by Intech Anchoring are as follows:
- French Drain Systems: French Drain Systems involve installing a sloped trench on your property for water to run into. The trench contains gravel and leads to a pipe, which empties the water away from your home. This drain may lead to a drainage ditch, the street, a dry well, or a lower part of your property.
- Hydraway Drainage System: The Hydraway Drainage System is a subsurface drainage solution that is superior to traditional French drain systems because along with being more economical, it has a 70% higher water capacity, allowing water to flow away from your home at a much faster rate.
If you are in need of a residential drainage system solution, contact Intech Anchoring at 734-432-5111 to speak with an expert and schedule a consultation.
A suggested first step is to determine the origin and location of the leak. Visible cracks or imperfections are good to note. Determining the source can help in diagnosing the cause of your basement flooding. Once a cause is determined, remediation and prevention can follow.
Taking inventory of what has been damaged is an important step for homeowners. Often, possessions suffer enough to require replacement or repair. This can be costly for homeowners, especially those who rely on their basements for storage. In the worst cases, heirlooms, photos, and other irreplaceable items are susceptible to water damage, and the consequence of losing such items is immeasurable.
Once exterior conditions have dried up, cleaning a flooded basement can require hours of labor and sometimes even a paid waste management solution. This can become costly and exhausting for the homeowners. Mold and other atmospheric dangers can become of further concern in the case of a leaking basement, which can skyrocket maintenance costs and cause discomfort or illness to residents.
Many homeowners are left to wonder when their basement will leak or flood again. The only way to eliminate this concern is to learn how to prevent further damage. The first step in prevention is to determine the cause of the leak.
Causes of Basement Water Leaks
Foundation Cracks: Imperfections in the structural integrity of your home can invite ground-water from run-off, excessive rain, snowmelt, and local overflow into your home.
Drainage Dysfunction: Saturated soil in your yard leaves water with nowhere to go. Water immobility can cause your basement walls to bow, crack, or buckle. Basements completely below-ground are especially susceptible to such damage.
Hydrostatic pressure: Standing water essentially puts increased weight on your home’s foundation, which renders it more susceptible to future leaks and problems.
Gutter Directivity: Some gutters direct rainwater too close to the foundation of the home, which will leave you with flooding and perpetuate your water problem.
Solutions to Basement Water Leaks
Controlling and properly managing water leaks in the basement is essential to protecting the structural integrity of your home. Consider the following solutions:
• Combat soil saturation and move water away from your home with professional landscaping solutions. This option may be costly for some homeowners and require permits and allowances from city zoning officials.
• Install a sump pump to force the motion of water away from your home. Sump pumps are a viable solution but require backup in case of a power outage.
• For best results, implement a Hydraway drainage system. Hydraway offers proven durability to keep your basement dry and damage-free. It’s 7 to 25 times more effective than its competitors with an 80 percent inflow, and it can withstand 11,000 pounds per square foot!
Intech Anchoring can direct you in choosing products and services to fit your unique circumstances. Visit us at mdti.net or call 734-432-5111 today to schedule a consultation.
Why Do Driveways Flood?
There are several factors to consider that lead to driveway flooding. The yard may slope toward the driveway, for instance. In this case, all runoff from precipitation will flow toward the driveway and form a pool. Alternatively, the composition of the soil may not allow for sufficient absorption. If it is primarily composed of rock or clay, the water will rise instead of soaking in. Read more
Homeowners should be aware that there are several advantages and disadvantages to each type of possible foundation for homes. Consider which of the following foundation types best suits your needs:
Concrete slab foundations
A concrete slab is the concrete footprint that your home sits upon. The advantage of a concrete slab is that it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to install. It does have its disadvantages, though. This form of foundation is more prone to shifting, cracks, or leaks, and the electric and plumbing are often encased within the slab, making repairs difficult. Concrete slabs are not recommended in colder climates because frost can cause the slab to heave, resulting in severe damage. Read more
Spring is finally here, and the first thing to do when the weather begins to warm is landscape your yard. Whether expanding an existing garden or planning new landscaping, here are a few things to consider:
• Map out where power lines, water lines, roots, and other underground problems may be: Call the Digger’s Hotline and your local power company before you dig so they can mark where your underground services are located, such as gas and electric.
With the smell of spring in the air and the heat of summer on its way, many homeowners are planning their summer lawn care projects. But before you are knee deep in fresh soil and flower petals, make sure that outdoor drainage problems do not turn beautiful flowerbeds into muddy swimming pools.One of the most common outdoor drainage issues is standing water. Not only is standing water unpleasant to look at, but it can kill grass and the vegetation. Furthermore, many insects, mosquitoes in particular, are attracted to standing water.
Other problems that can crop up over time include:
• Water pooling around and damaging the integrity of a home’s foundation
• Water damage to basement floors or walls, either from seepage or increased moisture in the basement
• Driveway and sidewalk damage
• Storm water damage Read more