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Dryer Vent Cleaning: When, Why & How?

Your dryer vent allows the hot air from the dryer to pass out of doors, however over time the vent dryer can become clogged with lint resulting in...

on Nov 16, 2019

Why You Shouldn’t Do Home Improvement Projects Yourself

We live in a cost conscious society where everyone is looking for bargains and rock bottom prices, but at what cost?  Years ago, manufacturers...

on Nov 13, 2019

How to Paint High Ceilings

The first thing to do is to get the right tools for the job. Start with the basics and move on to the more serious things you need- cloths to catch...

on Nov 12, 2019

HVAC Tips: How Often Should I Replace My HVAC System?

When it comes to your home, one of the most important components that you probably don’t think about often is your HVAC system. It keeps you...

on Nov 8, 2019

Advantages and Disadvantages of Green Roofing

Green roofing is made up of a vegetation layer that is planted on top of a waterproof system installed on a slightly-sloped or flat roof. Green...

on Nov 8, 2019

The Importance of Drainage in the Landscape

by Guest on Apr 30, 2012

Drainage is one of the most overlooked landscape concerns ...until the persistent puddles and declining plants make it necessary to do something about it, we often ignore the need for good drainage.

Drainage problems can be caused by seasonal high water tables, ponding of surface water, poor soil permeability or a combination of these conditions. At some homesites, the high water table may exist for long periods - this will require good subsurface drains around the outside foundation walls to keep the house dry. Consult with local professionals and codes for specifics.

Further from the house, areas of poor drainage can be improved with an underground collection drain called a French Drain. This drain collects water from the saturated soil and takes it (downhill) to an outlet.

If surface ponding results from natural low spots or poor soil permeability, diversion ditches or gentle swales can channel water off the lawn and driveway. During the installation of a landscape, the grade should drain away from the house at a minimum of one foot in 100 feet.

Gutters and downspouts will also help with drainage problems; water from the roof can be emptied into dry wells (large hole filled with rock) or diverted to a subsurface drain.

Specific measures for insuring adequate drainage will depend on site characteristics...evaluate your soil type(s), topography,water table and climate for the best solutions.

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