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Services for Your Poor Subsurface Drainage

If excess water on your property is causing flooding, damage, and other problems, you need an effective solution. The right subsurface drain could direct water away from your yard, preventing your grass from dying and plants from getting destroyed. The Lake in the Hills drainage service professionals of Daybreaker Landscapes can help you find the right solution to your subsurface drainage issues. We will work hard to meet your needs and provide the same quality care we would for our own properties.

Subsurface drains serve multiple functions. They consistently and quickly drain excess amounts of water from certain parts of a property, intercept water runoff from different sources, and collect water for other drainage systems. Your lawn is a visual representation of your home or business. It can increase your property value, add curb appeal, and provide a beautiful oasis for you and your guests. Without proper maintenance, flooding could ruin all the hard work you put into keeping your yard in pristine condition.

Don’t wait to learn about the subsurface drainage solutions that are perfect for you. Our representatives are available 24/7 to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. Call Daybreaker Landscapes today at (815) 596-0070 for a free quote.

What Is a Subsurface Drainage System?

A subsurface drainage system removes excess water from the surface of a property using pipes, tubing, tile, or another material installed directly beneath the surface of the ground. If you’re in an area impacted by heavy or consistent rainfall, a subsurface drain might be the best solution for preventing flooding, erosion, and other damage caused by a buildup of water on top of the soil.

Four main subsurface drainage systems are available depending on your specific needs:

  • Interceptor drains
  • Mole drainage
  • Corrugated and PVC slotted subsurface pipes
  • Groundwater pumps

Interceptor drains are effective at catching the downhill flow of water from a higher area of the property to a lower part. Installation at the base of the slope is best to catch excess water running down beneath the ground’s surface. Slopes typically contain a more permeable soil type than flat areas, forcing the water to the surface. Installing an interceptor drain below springs and spring lines can also work to collect spring water.

Mole drains are more suited for heavy soil if there’s clay subsoil near a moling depth between 400 millimeters to 600 millimeters. Soils containing high clay content can prevent groundwater from moving downward. After installing a mole channel, it can hold up for years and continue to direct excess water away from the problem areas on the property. However, installing mole drains in permeable soils or clay types with slacking or dispersive characteristics is not recommended.

If the ground on your property contains sandy pockets, uneven surfaces, stones, or excessive distances to the outfall, forming moles might not be an option. Instead, using mole drains over collector pipe systems could better serve your needs.

Heavy soils requiring extended mole drains of over 80 meters would need subsurface pipes installed. These pipes should be between 60 meters and 100 meters. During installation, gravel or washed sand fills the pipe trench, and the drains are placed. This system collects excess groundwater into the mole drains and moves it quickly to the outfalls through the subsurface collector pipes.

Gravel mole drains are unlined channels or leg slots containing washed sand or with a small diameter of gravel around the outside. This is a good solution if:

  • The mole drains have a short lifespan;
  • Circumstances aren’t ideal for subsurface pipes; or
  • The property contains slaking soils, allowing the mole channel to keep its shape after installation.

Groundwater pumps remove water from aquifers to maintain the water table at an appropriate level underground or even to decrease the water table. The pumps draw groundwater down and out of the area having drainage problems. The height of your property’s water table, soil type, and aquifer depth will determine how effective this system will be at controlling excess water in your yard.

Common Signs That You Might Have a Drainage Problem

There are signs that could signify poor drainage on your property. Many happen immediately after torrential downpours or a severe storm. Some are less obvious and could take a while to notice. You should address subsurface drainage issues as soon as you realize there’s a problem. If you don’t fix it promptly, it could lead to soil erosion, structural damage, flooding, and other challenges that will take time and money to repair.

The most common signs you should look out for are:

  • Wet or soggy lawn
  • Water streams during heavy rainfall
  • Puddles that take a long time to dry or don’t evaporate after it rains
  • Foundation damage or a cracked basement
  • Flooding of your yard
  • Mulch from a garden or plant bed that has washed away
  • Soil erosion
  • Water leaking into a basement through the walls
  • Water collecting on hard surfaces, such as a patio or walkway

Water is essential for grass, plants, and flowers to flourish and stay healthy. However, too much water can cause your greenery to die, resulting in a dilapidated and unkempt-looking yard. Daybreaker Landscapes can visit your home or business to look for signs of poor drainage and work to find the solution that would work best for you.

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Homeowners and business owners should have properties they can be proud of and show off to their guests. When subsurface drainage problems arise, you might not know the right course of action to take. At Daybreaker Landscapes, our landscaping team can design an effective drainage system and install it on the parts of your yard that will most effectively collect and drain water away. We want to ensure you’re able to enjoy your outdoor spaces without the hassle of constant upkeep or repairs.

If you’re interested in discussing subsurface drainage solutions with an experienced and knowledgeable professional, call Daybreaker Landscapes right now for a free quote. We’ll discuss your needs and implement a plan to get the job done within your budget and time constraints. Call us at (815) 596-0070 today.