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Get water from where you don't want it to where you do can be tricky. There are many products available to make it easier.

Water runs downhill

Water in the wrong place can do a lot of damage. Water running into a window during a storm damages carpet, furniture and items in the floor. Cleanup is messy and hard work then comes the drying out. Those of us that have experienced a flooded basement don't want to see it again!

Ponding or slow drainage from the foundation area of the home can be even more damaging. With our expansive clay soils, I've seen basrement floor, driveway and even whole foundations heave (rise) 2, 3, 4 and even more inches.

It used to be that our homes had minimal if any drainage away from the foundation. Sprinklers and turf ran right up against foundation. Homes were further apart and big trees sucked water up as fast as it fell. There were exceptions though as basements often smelled musty and damp.

Today with subdivisions building on flat farm fields and home density being more intense draigage has become qiute challenging. Your new home might have some very intense grades when you begin your landscape. These grades in many instances have been achieved at great expense in order to recieve a drainage certificate from the town. Typically these grades are what you have to work with if you want a dry basement. Home warranties might be waved by alteriing this grade, Check with your builder for details.

Often the slopes are so intense that you cannot walk from the front yard to the back yard, let alone push your mower!

Before we start I want you to know my bias for surface drainage. I like to create and maintain drainage by way of running water above the surface. When I have to use pipe, catch basis or sumps I keep them to a minimum. I am

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Drainage 101

Correcting grade or use buried drainage

Bury downspouts

Catch basins