Water Issues Around Your Home?
Do you have too much or too little water on your property? Shorb’s knowledge and expertise in water management can provide you with solutions to manage these common issues:
Pooling or Standing Water?
These issues can usually be resolved by regrading the soil, or installing a surface drain.
Erosion of mulch and dirt is usually caused by too much water moving too fast. Bare soils should be mulched or thickly planted. Reducing the water’s velocity with stones or re-directing the water, are two common ways of mitigating erosion issues.
If you have water in your basement, the first thing to do: CHECK THE GUTTERS. The second thing to do is make sure the soil around the foundation is properly graded and sloped away from the house.
Plants too wet?
This year, we are seeing lots of plants suffering from too much water. The real problem, is the soils not draining properly (percolating). Especially with new construction, we notice that a hardpan (a layer of compacted, clay soils) traps the water, preventing it from percolating through the soil profile. This trapped water (known as a “perched water table”) displaces the air in the soil, causing the plants to drown. We can easily test the soil, and provide remedial solutions in almost all situations.
Storm water run-off?
Rain gardens can reduce run-off by capturing water from your downspouts – they have the added bonus of being attractive. Permeable paver driveways, patios and paths can also help absorb water on site.