Lack of effective drainage can be destructive to any property. Uncontrolled water run-off easily penetrates wall foundations and erodes soil and other landscaping. Steps to proper drainage typically include proper connection of all downspouts to drainage pipelines. This eliminates drainage problems at the foundation of residences or buildings and prevents the puddling of water. We can also incorporate drainage lines to carry water to catch basins and/or away from the buildings. Additionally, landscape grading can be a valuable and effective tool in managing run-off water.
We have found that properly amending Bentonite into the existing soil at house foundations helps create an impervious surface. The Bentonite material, in a dry powder form, is tilled into the soil for a depth of four inches. Bentonite is a highly expansive clay that swells to fifteen (15) times its original volume when it comes in contact with water. This creates a relatively impermeable barrier that will not allow surface water to percolate through the soil to reach the house foundation. This will also help prevent hydrostatic pressures from accumulating next to the house foundation wall.
We have a Senior Geotechnical Engineer on staff that specializes in all aspects of drainage and erosion control. These areas of expertise also include:
- Dry Stream Beds
- Stone Drainage Swale Areas
- Waterproof Foundations (Residential & Commercial)
Ask us about our drainage solutions for hard surfaced areas or relieving hydrostatic pressures in your retaining walls. Let Private Landscape address your drainage issues to ensure a dry indoor and a more stable outdoors.
Sink Hole/Trash Pit Remediation
Private Landscape is adept at remediating sink holes/trash pits. These typically occur when a contractor has buried trash and other debris within your property. This practice of burying on-site debris was prevalent in Georgia before the mid-1980’s. In the late 1980’s, counties began advising against the practice, and by the early 1990’s, Georgia legislation banned it. Homeowners with land that was developed before the mid-1980’s may encounter the unfortunate consequences of these trash pits. It begins with a slight depression in the landscape and over time, the weight of the soil and plant material can cause the area to collapse. Adding more soil to these depressed areas is a short-term remedy but long-term mistake, as it will only cause the hole to sink faster due to the additional weight. The only true remedy for a sink hole/trash pit is to completely dig out the accumulated debris, refill and properly compact the hole, then create a new level landscape area.