Drainage Solutions in Tampa & St. Petersburg
Prevent a Flooding Basement with Backyard Drainage Solutions
Backyard pools and Florida homes—there’s no better combination. Unless, of course, you’re talking about the kind of “pool” that only appears after tropical storms and torrential downpours. If your backyard floods every time it rains, you might be in need of exterior drainage solutions.
When poor grading, too many plants, and inadequate water diversion frequently cause water to pool around your home, serious foundation damage could be just around the corner. Investing in proper drainage systems is the best way to prevent flooded crawl spaces, basements, and damaged foundations. The Tampa-based yard drainage contractors at LRE Foundation Repair, offer a wide range of exterior drainage solutions and can help you find a system that solves your specific drainage problem - whether it’s a French drain, percolation trench, or simply better downspouts.
For a free inspection on a yard drainage system, contact us today. As drainage contractors, we offer an on-site evaluation at no obligation in Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas.
Drainage Problems and Solutions
Why is My Yard Flooding?
The first step in finding a solution is discovering the problem. When an LRE Foundation Repair yard drainage contractor visits your home, they’ll start by diagnosing your precise drainage problems. To give you an idea of what those could be, here are some common drainage system problems:
Yard grading is designed to slope away from the home in order to divert groundwater away from the home. Poor grading is considered to be any yard slope that encourages water to lay stagnant after falling—causing large puddles—or to drain towards your home—causing water pressure to harm your foundation walls.
Too Many Plants
Having a large number of plants around your foundation can be dangerous, and not because their roots have the supernatural ability to grow through foundation walls. While it may seem like plants would help control water by absorbing it through their roots, root systems actually draw water and hold it to be absorbed slowly over time. Roots can also cause dense soil, making it more difficult for the soil to absorb water.
Inadequate Water Diversion
Gutters are essential for collecting rainwater from your roof and diverting it away from your foundation. Without them, water would fall to the soil surrounding your home’s foundation. However, downspouts that don’t extend far enough away from the home can be counterproductive and cause soil near the foundation to become oversaturated.
How to Drain Water Away From My House?
If you’re experiencing any of these drainage problems, LRE Foundation Repair can help you find yard drainage systems to protect your landscaping and your foundation. We offer the following exterior drainage solutions:
A French drain can help solve a variety of drainage problems. It disperses water over a large area through a buried, perforated pipe. The EZ-Flow French drain solution is a subsurface drainage alternative to a traditional stone-and-pipe drainage system. This French drain system is ideal for retaining walls, foundation and footing perimeter drains, and landscape drains. The gravel-free EZ-Flow French drain system outperforms traditional systems, saving time and money.
Learn more about French drains from LRE Foundation Repair
Roof water can cause severe water damage without proper drainage. A gutter and downspout system helps drain water away from your home's foundation. The RainChute, RainChute EZ, and LawnSpace Outlet downspout extensions help prevent roof water from pooling near the foundation. Choose from above-ground, underground, and recessed extensions.
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Trench Drain/Channel Drain
A trench drain, sometimes referred to as a channel drain, is a surface drainage solution that prevents water from entering your house through doorways and stairways. The drainage system collects water and drains it to a perimeter drainage system and sump pump. A trench drain can help prevent water damage to your basement or garage, keeping your home safe and dry.
As Tampa area drainage contractors, we often get questions asking what the difference is between a French drain and a trench drain because of the similarity in their names. Despite the fact that the names sound close to identical and that they’re both exterior drainage systems, these solutions are completely different. A trench drain is designed to remove surface water and a French drain is designed to remove groundwater that has already saturated past the surface. French drains capture the groundwater while a trench drain works to quickly remove surface water before it can soak.
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A catch basin is placed in the ground near areas of standing water to improve yard drainage and help prevent damage to the home and property. Excess water and sediment drain through a grate in the top of the catch basin. The water collects and drains into an underground drainage system.
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A percolation trench is a shallow excavated trench filled with gravel or crushed stone. A percolation trench, similar to a French drain or dry well, is used to control stormwater runoff to prevent flooding and erosion. A percolation trench is commonly used to treat runoff from sidewalks and driveways.
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Get a free inspection on a yard drainage system
If you’re interested in having an exterior drainage system installed to help protect your home’s foundation and your landscaping, contact LRE Foundation Repair for a no-obligation consultation and free inspection today, offered in Tampa and throughout Central Florida.