Drainage issues are one of the more common problems that property owners face. It’s also one of those problems that’s not readily apparent when you’re looking at houses to buy, so it may not be something you’re aware of until after you’ve lived in your home for a while. Typically, you’ll have one or more of the following:
- Signs of erosion as water surges uncontrolled from the higher elevations to the lower. Over time this will transform the lay of your land.
- Areas of your yard that are persistently soft, soggy, or spongey when you walk on them.
- Patches of yellowish grass and unhealthy shrubs and trees suffering from excess water.
- Or even areas of standing water that remain for days after a hard rain.
All of these are worse problems than you may think, but worst among them is the last one we mentioned, areas of persistent standing water, especially if that water is uncomfortably close to your home.
The simple truth is that few things are more damaging to your home than water, and if left unchecked, some of that standing water will seep into your foundation, causing serious damage.
Things get worse if yours is one of the many homes in the region with a basement. The presence of all that standing water means that the soil it’s sitting on has already absorbed as much moisture as it can, which greatly increases its total weight.
That, in turn, exerts tremendous pressure on the walls of your basement. If action isn’t taken quickly, you’ll start to see cracks appearing in the walls, and widespread leakages. Not long after that, the walls will begin caving in, resulting in staggering repair bills.
Even if the standing water is at a safe distance from your home, it’s still problematic for three reasons:
1) It reduces the amount of yard space you’ve got for planting, landscaping, and entertaining.
2) It’s a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
3) And it’s a breeding ground for a variety of bacteria which are harmful to your family’s health.
The good news is that all of those issues can be fixed by installing a landscaping drainage system on your Silver Spring, MD property.
Here’s something interesting though. Unless you had your home custom built, it’s possible that there’s already a landscaping drainage system on your Silver Spring, MD property. That’s especially likely if a former owner did some landscaping before you bought the place, but if that’s true, then it’s fair to ask how and why you’re having a drainage issue now?
It could be the case that the existing drainage system has simply become clogged or damaged. If that’s the case, then the solution is simple. We locate the existing landscaping drainage system on your Silver Spring, MD property, track down the source of the problem and fix it, and your drainage problem goes away.
We can’t know for sure if that’s the case until we send one of our experienced engineers to your property to survey and assess the situation. Whatever we find, we’ll give you a complete report and make a professional recommendation.
If there’s an existing system we can repair, fantastic! We’re happy to do that. If not, we’ll design and build a landscaping drainage system on your Silver Spring, MD property. Before any work begins, of course, we’ll give you a free, no obligation estimate so you’ll have a firm understanding of what it will take to put the problem in your rearview mirror.
This brings us to another, related issue. How much landscaping do you want, or plan to do on your property? If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got at least a few projects in mind, but be warned: Once you start making changes, you’ll probably get a taste for it and want to do more!
If you’ve got a laundry list of landscaping improvements you’d like to make, you’d benefit greatly from the creation of a master landscape design document.
This document captures all your landscaping ambitions under a single umbrella, which offers a trio of key advantages:
1) It allows you to compare each item on your wish list with all the others so you can make sure that everything you want to do works together to create a unified aesthetic that’s pleasing to the eye. There’s nothing worse than dropping the last piece of landscaping in place, only to find that it clashes with earlier work you’ve done, because that forces you into the position of having to rip something out to rethink, which costs you both time and money.
2) It allows you to prioritize your list and identify dependencies. Take our example above of installing a landscaping drainage system on your Silver Spring, MD property. It makes sense to put that in place before you start planting trees and shrubs strategically so there’s no chance of having to pull them out later to install the drainage system later on.
3) Finally, it allows you to break large, budget-busting projects into smaller sub-projects, which enables you to make steady, consistent progress as you march through the list of improvements you want to make.
Whatever your landscaping goals and ambitions are, we’d love to help make them a reality. Over the last twenty-five years, we’ve built our reputation not only by transforming ordinary yards into stunning showplaces, but also by exceeding the expectations of each client we work with, and we’d love to add you to our growing family. Give us a call today.