Drainage solutions are something that homeowners seldom think of, usually not until it is too late.
The recent hectic, snowy winters (along with our introduction to the polar vortex) and torrential rains in the spring can wreak havoc on your property and make it all but impossible to maintain your landscaping.
We suggest addressing these problems before you find out the limitations of your property’s drainage capabilities the hard way.
One heavier than average rainfall can leave all of your hard work under water or even worse, washed away.
There is one, more urgent drainage matter, that should be taken care of immediately. If you are getting water in your basement or crawl space, you should make it a priority to eliminate this problem right away.
Basement Flooding Issues
Many homeowners (especially in low lying areas) have encountered a flooded basement or crawl space at one time or another. There are a couple of things that a lot of these homeowners don’t realize about the water that is collecting in their homes.
First of all, even the smallest amount of water collecting in your basement can cause health issues. A damp basement promotes mildew and the growth of mold spores. Among other things, these mold spores can cause the occupants of the home to develop respiratory ailments. Over an extended period of time this can develop into very serious health problems.
If your home has a finished basement then you may already be all to familiar with some of the drawbacks of not having adequate drainage for your home.
If your finished basement takes on even the smallest amount of water, this can quickly become a big and very expensive problem.
For homeowners who are planning to remodel their basement, you should seriously take into account your home’s drainage system’s ability to keep your basement dry. Before you begin your planned project it is a good idea to consult with a qualified professional who can offer you a solution to your drainage issues.
To manage the flow of exterior water run off, your home is most likely equipped with a sump pump/pit system. This system works by utilizing a pit that is installed at the lowest level of your home (usually in your basement).
This pit is an area for excess ground water and rain water run off to collect. This is necessary because of water’s ability to “find it’s way” into the smallest cracks and crevices in your homes foundation and basement floor.
The second part of this system is the sump pump. This pump is fully automated. Once supplied with electricity, it will operate autonomously. It is also equipped with a built in float that activates the power supply when the water reaches a predetermined level in the sump pit.
Once activated, the sump pump will pump the accumulated water from the pit. Even if your basement doesn’t leak, condensation can accumulate on the interior of your foundation walls.
Some older home’s sump pits and sump pumps are constructed of brick and mortar. Over time these brick and mortar pits can deteriorate from the constant presence of water. Braen Supply has a wide range of sizes of sump pits and sump pumps available for pick up or delivery.
A simple phone consultation with one of Braen’s experts can help to determine the best sump pit/pump combination to fit your home’s drainage needs. When you call, you can also schedule a time for Braen to deliver your new drainage solution right to your home.
The proper drainage solution for your yard or landscaped areas begins with a landscape fabric. As the name suggests, this fabric material provides a barrier between your landscaping and the earth below. This fabric inhibits weed growth. Many people make the mistake of using plastic sheeting in place of landscape fabric. Although it will serve as a great weed barrier, it’s benefits end there. Unlike landscaping fabric, plastic does not allow water and air to pass through it and can contribute to the accumulation of water.
Landscape fabric is usually used in collaboration with other supplies offered at wholesale prices by Braen Supply to construct a variety of effective outdoor drainage solutions such as:
- Retaining Walls
- French Drains
- Footing Drains
- Curtain Drains
- Septic Fields
New Jersey Drainage Solutions
Inside or out, when you decide to address the capabilities of your home’s drainage system, consulting the expert sales people at Braen supply should be your first step. With over a decade of experience dealing with the drainage problems of New Jersey homeowners, the employees of Braen are the best at what they do.
Braen Supply carries only NDS products, which are the most reliable drainage supplies available on the market today. Being one of New Jersey’s largest purveyors of drainage supplies allows Braen Supply to offer a complete line of drainage solutions at the area’s most competitive prices.