Annapolis, MD, sits close to the edge of the coastal waters. It receives medium to heavy rainfall, with a lot of it pooling in low areas. As such, you may find that you need Annapolis drainage solutions provided by “Team Paradise” from Paradise Landscape and Hardscape, LLC. Our Annapolis drainage and irrigation solutions focus on some of the most common standing water and pooling water problems that residential and commercial properties experience here in Annapolis. The following examples are just some of the many drainage solutions Team Paradise provides.
Landscape drainage differs from our other service, hardscaping. Both can help you remove excess water from your property, but actual drainage solutions address the problem by removing the water in multiple ways. You may decide that you need more than just one type of yard drainage, depending on how the water collects and stays in different areas of your yard.
Properties close to a road and far from the city’s main sewer lines can benefit from drainage ditches. These are generally constructed by grading and sloping your yard downward toward the road, while excavating three- or four-foot deep ditches on either side of your driveway. A culvert pipe may be used to keep the overflow of higher water accumulation from coming up onto the driveway. Sometimes a drainage pipe is connected to the culvert underneath the road so that water can flow down into the ground.
Think of channel drains like the eavestroughs on your house. Water flows into the channels and runs along until it can empty somewhere else. These are not to be confused with French drains, which are a different product altogether. Channel drains are also called trench drains because you dig a trench to collect the pooling water and move water into the trenched area.
Channels are dug into the soil. The yard is graded so that the water rolls down into the metal or plastic channel placed into the soil channel to collect the water. Then it all rolls through this channel to a location that disperses the water from your yard.
Property owners love French drains for yard drainage because you don’t see these drains after the soil covers them and landscaping is done around them. Like trench drains, a channel a few inches wide and several inches deep is dug into the soil. A perforated pipe is placed in the bottom. A filtering mechanism goes over the top of the pipe to prevent soil and rocks from getting into the pipe. Then a layer of gravel goes over the top of that before the soil is replaced to make a nice, uninterrupted looking yard.
As water seeps through this mostly invisible drain, it sinks down through the gravel, down through the filter, and into the perforated pipe. The water collects here and either is released into the soil underneath, or allowed to flow through the pipe and out into the street or into city sewer systems. Our team of drain experts can discuss with you how your location and drainage needs affects the way in which your French drain will flow and empty.
If you live within city limits of Annapolis, and your home or commercial property is connected to city sewer lines, you can opt for yard drains. These are underground pipes that feed into the local sewers or empty into the bay or ocean via a concrete and metal drain. The drain opening is placed into the most troublesome of pooling and standing water spots. Grates cover the round drain holes so that no one can get stuck or lose a pet down the drain.
Draining to Irrigation
People who are eco-minded can make water drainage work for the environment via irrigation. Water collected is pulled into a system of pipes and spray heads that can water your lawn during dry periods or just to keep your yard lush and green without the excess water. Drainage to irrigation systems have to be custom-designed to fit the needs of your property and work to your benefit, but the results are pleasing.
A big cause of pooling water are downspouts that aren’t long enough to remove water away from your house or building. Adding much longer drain spouts on the ends of the downspouts directs water further away, averting the problem of pooling water. You can also add drain spouts that irrigate the landscape by collecting water, unfolding when they are full and watering the yard via their perforations in a controlled release method.
Retaining walls are a nice segue into hardscaping as a form of drainage control. These walls prevent water from collecting and pooling, pushing the water away from areas where it might ordinarily pool. The walls are a good idea if you live even closer to the bay or ocean in Annapolis and experience seasonal flooding.
Annapolis hardscaping contractors like Paradise Landscape and Hardscape, LLC, know how to use stone and brick structures to keep water away. Team Paradise constructs patios, retaining walls, and other stone and brick structures that not only deal with your water problems, but also serve other functions and look beautiful. Our team of hardscape design professionals can assess the water problems in your yard, and then look at ways in which hardscape design can solve two problems with a single, functional, aesthetically pleasing solution.
Hardscapes increase your home value, as many people love patios and built-in walls to protect their homes and their yards. If you walk around your neighborhood in Annapolis, you will see many examples of Annapolis hardscaping, probably some of which we have done in the past for your neighbors! The prettier, neater, and drier the yard, the more home value your property will have.
Contact Us Today for Your Drainage and Irrigating Solutions
Paradise Landscape and Hardscape, LLC, would love to hear from you! Our experienced and dedicated team of designers and solution providers will meet with you, see what issues you have, and provide you with recommendations and an estimate for the recommended solutions. The best time to call us out is just after a storm so that we can see where water is pooling on your property and what exactly is causing it. Then we can provide the best solution possible.
However, we can come at any time to look at the situation and provide an estimate regardless if you have visibly standing water or not. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We will schedule a date and time to meet with you for a free consultation.