A Garden and Outdoor Patio Go Hand-in-handA Garden and Outdoor Patio Go Hand-in-hand

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A Garden and Outdoor Patio Go Hand-in-hand

I love to garden, and when my family moved into a new home, I was very excited at the thought of getting to plan a brand-new garden! We moved to a completely different climate, so there was a learning curve to finding out which flowers and plants would thrive in the new location. Thankfully, the project was a success, but I realized that our family didn't get to enjoy the beauty of our garden without an outdoor living space to lounge on in the backyard. We soon found a local contractor with amazing ideas on how we could turn out yard into a beautiful, outdoor oasis. I enjoyed helping him plan and watching him build our new backyard patio, and I actually learned a lot during the process. I am eager to share what I have learned with others on my new blog!

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How Excavating Services Can Improve Your Property's Drainage To Eliminate Standing Water And Marshy Areas

Do you have persistent problems with standing water on your property? You may need to improve your home's drainage system—unless water is properly diverted away from your home, the soil will begin to saturate after heavy rainfall and cause pooling water on the surface.

The quickest way to correct your home's drainage problems it to call excavating services. They can change the way the soil on your property is situated in order to ensure that water flows away from your property, and can install trenches to speed up how fast groundwater drains away. Read on for more information on how excavating services can improve your home's drainage.


The best way to improve drainage on your property is to dig trenches and install French drains. French drains are essentially plastic pipes with holes in them that are covered by pea gravel. The pea gravel speeds up the flow of water through the ground, which then enters into the drainage pipe through the tiny holes. The pipe carries water away from your property and into a nearby municipal storm water drainage system. French drains can optionally be covered with a layer of sod—this allows you to plant grass on top of them and hide the pea gravel.

French drains need to be installed so that the pipe is underneath the frost line. Otherwise, water can freeze in the pipe during the winter and cause it to burst. Excavating services can rapidly dig a trench on your property that's deep enough to prevent the pipe in the French drain from freezing. French drains can be placed anywhere on your property that's not near buried utility cables, but they work best when they're placed in areas with a low grade—this is where water on your property naturally flows.


After excavating services dig a trench on your property for a French drain, you'll be left with quite a bit of extra soil. This is where the earth moving services provided by excavating services can be utilized. The extra soil can be used to fill any valleys on your property in order to level them with the surrounding land. This prevents water from collecting in the valleys and creating marshy conditions, which will rapidly kill grass and serve as a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes.


The final step to improve your property's drainage is to grade it properly. Ideally, your home should be the highest point on your property—a gentle slope downwards away from your home prevents water from collecting near your foundation. When water pools near your foundation, it can potentially cause damage—the high hydrostatic pressure can force water into cracks in your foundation, worsening them. If your home has a basement, then the hydrostatic pressure of the water can force it through the basement walls and cause your basement to leak.

Excavating services will move soil around your property in order to create a very gentle slope downwards away from your house. This diverts water away from your foundation while still supporting future landscaping—if the slope is too steep, then water will drain from the soil and into your trenches much too quickly, causing the soil to become too dry to support grass growth.

Trenching, leveling and grading all work together to improve the drainage of your property. If you frequently notice water pooling near your home's foundation or encounter difficulty growing grass due to marshy areas on your lawn, call excavating services—they have the heavy equipment necessary to rapidly change the grade of your land to one that supports proper drainage.

For more assistance, contact Bob Mahoney Excavating.