Every yard has some sort of slope to it. A yard with no grade or a minimal grade will result in standing surface water that collects or pools in the grass.
A negative grade that slopes toward a home or building is even more problematic. Re-grading a yard to create a positive grade that slopes away from the home and directs stormwater toward an overland flow/central underground system is ideal.
From drought and heat in the summer to snow and heavy rains in the fall and winter, the weather in Massachusetts can cause significant shifting in the soil around your foundation. Proper drainage ensures more even soil conditions throughout the year, helping prevent lifting & settling of your foundation.
At Paiva Landscape we have several options for improving the water drainage around your home and foundation.
Installing rain gutters not only protects your home’s landscaping and siding, gutters also prevent damage to your home’s foundation.
When downspouts fill with leaves, sticks and other debris, this can cause clogs and result in water creeping under the roof and sometimes, into the foundation. Clogged downspouts can also lead to ice dams in the winter.
That’s why it’s important to be cleaning out your gutters and downspouts, specially in the fall. You should clean your gutters at a minimum of once a year. You should do it more often if you have overhanging trees and after a big storm.
Adding underground drains can assist in redirecting surface water or ground water away from an area. These trench drains should ideally be installed in areas where excess water is pooling.
Modern stormwater management approaches aim at rebuilding the natural water cycle, i.e. storing runoff water and then releasing it into the ground. The stored water is released at a controlled rate so that the water gets absorbed in the soil easily.