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5 Small Upgrades that can Drastically Improve your Curb Appeal

First impressions matter. Whether you’re going on a blind date or trying to sell your home, a strong first impression can make all the...

on Oct 15, 2018

How to Better Prepare for Bathroom Remodeling

There are so many things you can do – and projects you can try – to improve the bathrooms in your house. Renovating the bathroom is a...

on Oct 12, 2018

Should I Replace My AC If It Experiences a Refrigerant Leak?

A refrigerant leak is one of the most common issues of an air conditioning system. Freon or R22 is the predominant refrigerant used in almost all...

on Oct 10, 2018

6 Pro Tips for Cleaning PVC-U Windows

Cleaning windows is a chore that some homeowners do not look forward to doing since it can be a tedious, physically demanding task. However, if you...

on Oct 8, 2018

How to Get Rid of Rats Outside

According to the University of Arizona, effective methods of roof rat control include exclusion, habitat modification, trapping, and poison bait....

on Oct 7, 2018

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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