Drainage System Solutions

There are many options to choose from when trying to protect your property from water damage. A French drain is a simple method that carries water away from your foundation and diverts it to a suitable location. Other drainage solutions are more complex, involving pipes or trenches to move water. Drainage solutions are specific to the area around your home so it is essential to discuss your options with a professional before making any final decisions on how you will protect your property.

Keep Dry With Expertly Installed Drainage Systems

Drainage systems are essential to keeping sublevel to remove excess water from surfaces such as your lawn, driveways, or walkways. Without these systems, water threatens to build up and eventually become an issue in your home or facility. Fortunately, We're contractors specializing in waterproofing homes and businesses in NY, PA, & FL.

At Midstate Basement Authorities, we have the experience and knowledge to provide quality drainage systems that effectively keep your property dry. So if you require a system installed externally or internally for the property's sublevel or driveway, we have the expertise and means necessary to do the job at an affordable rate efficiently.

If you'd like to find out how much our drainage solutions will cost, please try our online virtual estimator or call us to start your next drainage system project today.

Protect Your Lawn & Home with Midstate Basement Authorities Drainage Solutions

Excess water can cause many issues regarding your law and home's sublevel. For example, water in and around your home's foundation can cause leaks, cracks, and other damage. At Midstate Basement Authorities, we pride ourselves on providing various quality drainage systems that effectively remove water from your property. For the sake of keeping proprietors educated on the possibilities of waterproofing, we wanted to lay out all of the drainage systems available to our residential and commercial clients.

Our highly trained and knowledgeable contractors have years of experience in the industry. We provide quality service and superior-quality drainage solutions that will keep your property dry and secure for many years.

There are many options when trying to protect your property from water damage. For example, a French drain is a simple method that carries water away from your foundation and diverts it to a suitable location. Other drainage solutions are more complex, involving pipes or trenches to move water.

Drainage issues are specific to the area around your home. Hence, discussing your options with a professional before making any final decisions on how you will protect your property is essential.

Drainage issues are specific to the area around your home. Hence, discussing your options with a professional before making any final decisions on how you will protect your property is essential.

Telltale Factors of Poor Drainage on Your Property

Despite the obvious signs of water damage and poor drainages like leaks and standing water, other underlying issues can affect how your property holds up against the water. If you are unsure whether or not you have a drainage issue on your property, here are some factors to look out for:

Long-standing puddles in your driveway, lawn, or walkways, soggy or dying patches of grass, weed growth, compacted or nutrient-sparse soil, a musty odor coming from your sublevel, sidewalks, or walkways redirecting water back onto your lawn

These are all signs that you need to invest in a drainage system to keep water from your property. One should primarily invest if their property regularly experiences any of these signs or wish to prepare for potential threats of poor drainage.

How to Choose Drainage Solutions

There are many drainage systems to choose from, and knowing which is best for your property can take time and effort. So to make the decision easier on our clients, we'll give some key project factors to look out for when considering getting a new drainage system for your home or business.

Here are some factors you should consider before taking a visit to your local drainage center or choosing professional drainage solutions:

Your budget - Some systems are more expensive than others, and it's essential to consider your budget when making a final decision.

The property size - If the area is more expansive than average, more drainage is required to keep it safe from water damage.

Climate - Some drainage solutions work better in specific environments and seasons than others. You'll want to discuss this with your contractor to ensure you choose the right one for your property.

The type of damage - If your property has a history of water damage or drainage problems coming from a specific location, opt for a more specialized system that addresses the issues at hand.

What To Do When Facing A Standing Water Problem

Standing water can be a significant issue for any property owner as it often leads to structural damage and creates an ideal breeding ground for pests and mildew. The most obvious and common reason you need to address standing water is for the safety of your home and family. On top of that, if left unchecked, the damage and labor costs can add up fast. Fortunately, we offer several practical and affordable drainage solutions that help to clear standing water.

A critical factor often overlooked by most is ensuring that the floor is sloped at the correct angle so that water will flow away from the building or towards a drainage pipe. Another standard solution is installing primary and secondary sump pumps, which can help remove water accumulated in a low-lying area.

Another effective solution that works well with having a sloped floor is installing French drains around a property's perimeter for more severe flooding issues. We equip the gutters with a perforated pipe made of rigid PVC that helps to collect and redirect water away from the building.

Standing water makes a breeding ground for pests and perfect conditions for structural decay, so getting rid of these water issues as soon as possible is crucial. So if you're ready to rid yourself of moisture issues or to prepare for potential future problems, give our contractors a call today.

Different Types of Drainage Systems

Many different drainage system options exist for varying use cases, though they all have pros and cons in different situations. For example, French drains work differently than sump pumps, and both of these systems are unlike downspout and gutter systems. However, they all do the same job of clearing water from your property. So to clear up the differences between these drainage methods, we've described each drainage system in the following subsections below.

Surface Drains

The most common type of drainage system is a surface drain. Surface drains are installed on the top layer of your yard and use gravity to redirect water away from your home. Surface drains are often used with gutters to collect rainwater and direct it to a safe location.

Sub-Surface Drains

Subsurface drain types are a popular type of drainage system. This drain is installed beneath the ground and uses a pipe to carry water away from your home. We use Sub-surface drains where surface drains are not possible or practical. Subsurface drains are also beneficial if you need a hidden, cleaner solution. With this drain type, once the project is complete & the grass grows back, it's impossible to see the drain.

Our Expert Opinion on Curtain Drains vs. The French Drain Pipe

Curtain and French drains are two popular standard drainage systems often used to redirect water away from buildings or areas where it can cause problems. Typically curtain drains are installed around the perimeter of a property; in contrast, French drains are installed perpendicular to the flow of water.

Both systems typically involve a culvert pipe that carries surface water away from the drained area. Yet the primary factor that differentiates the two is that curtain drains are dug only a few inches into the ground to handle surface water. Contrastingly, we dig French drains a bit further to regulate groundwater.

We commonly use Curtain drains to prevent foundation problems by redirecting water away from the foundation. There are also times when we employ it to prevent seepage in basement walls. On the other hand, French drains prevent yard flooding or reduce standing water in a general area. We also install these to divert water away from a pool or patio.

Despite how we use these drains, they can technically be installed in either use case interchangeably with the drainage patterns. However, we'll note that this may decrease the effectiveness or lifespan of the drain. The cost to install a French drain pipe typically costs between $500 and $7,000, depending on the cost per linear foot. The price is generally the same for a curtain drain, though we stress that the exact cost will depend on the project's scope and the contractor's labor cost.

Slope Drainage Systems

Slope drains are a standard drainage system option for those with hilly or sloped properties. Rather than having a traditional gutter and downspout system installed, slope drains are designed to work with the natural lay of the land to direct water runoff away from your home or business. While installation costs can vary depending on the size and scope of the project, slope drain systems are typically more affordable than traditional gutter and downspout systems.

In addition, slope drains require less maintenance and are less likely to clog or become damaged during severe weather conditions. So if you're looking for an effective and affordable way to protect your property from water damage, consider investing in a slope drain system.

Downspouts and Gutter Systems

Most people are familiar with gutters and downspouts, yet to adequately protect their property, many need to realize the importance of a properly functioning drainage system. Gutters channel rainwater away from the property's foundation, and downspouts direct the water away from the structure. A professionally installed downspout or gutter system can help to prevent water damage, mold growth, and other problems associated with excess moisture.

However, gutters and downspouts require regular maintenance and can be susceptible to clogs and leaks. As a result, many homeowners opt for a more reliable and maintenance-free drainage solution: underground downspout drains, also known as French drains. While underground drains are more effective than traditional gutters and downspouts, they can provide years of trouble-free operation before coming close to becoming clogged.

Sump Pump Systems

A sump pump system may be the right option if you're looking for an effective and affordable way to protect your property from water damage. Sump pumps are installed in basements where water accumulates or is likely to pool. They work by pumping water out of your basement using a suction hose or pipe that leads away from your home or business.

Sump pump systems can help prevent flooding, leading to severe structural and other costly property damages. Investing in a sump pump system is an intelligent choice if you're concerned about the potential damage that wet weather could cause to your home or business.

The cost to install a sump pump system will vary depending on the size and scope of the project. On average, you can typically expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $5,000 for a professionally-installed sump pump system. Talk to a local drainage contractor to learn about the various features and benefits of sump pump systems.

Downfalls of the French Drain System

French drains are a type of drainage system commonly used to improve drainage around a home or other building. We typically install these around the perimeter of a property, and they work by collecting water from the soil and directing it away from the foundation. French drains are effective when improving drainage, yet we'll note some pitfalls to be aware of before installing one.

First, french drains can potentially clog over time with improper drainage patterns, which can cause water to back up and pool around the foundation.

Second, if not installed properly, a french drain's drainage patterns can funnel water toward the foundation instead of away from it.

Lastly, if left unchecked, roots, grass, and weeds can take root in commercial or residential drainage systems and cause clogging or damage to the pipes.

We understand that many proprietors may take the installation into their own hands, which we encourage. Though if installed improperly, this can be detrimental to the health of your lawn, soil, and property altogether. As a result, it is essential to consult with an experienced contractor before installing a french drain system.

Contact Us

Contact Midstate Basement Authorities today if you are interested in learning more about drainage systems or need a reliable contractor to help with your next drainage project. We have years of experience helping homeowners and businesses across the country protect their properties from water damage with our practical and affordable drainage solutions. We even offer project consultations 100% free of charge so you can get an idea of the scope, what process you've got ahead of you, and the cost involved.

Let's start your drainage project today; call us or fill out our online virtual estimator today!


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