Excavation and Re-Grading
D-Bug Waterproofing re-grades yards to slope the terrain away from your house or structure. Re-grading the yard keeps water from running against your house and directs it to a specific area.
In some situations, dirt is added against your house, but some yards may require removing dirt. Either way, D-Bug Waterproofing can solve any grading problem. Re-grading the yard plays a major role in stopping water from entering your basement.
With re-grading, you can correct any mistakes made in the excavation process. You can shape the land to either level out a surface or create a slope to prevent runoff from affecting your structures.
Excavation is the clearing of a construction site to provide workers with a stable base to build from. The process can involve any number of heavy machines to aid in the removal of boulders, trees, mounds, and other debris that prevent building.
Proper excavation is the first line of defense against water damage since you’ll have total control over the topography. In this stage, you can ensure the runoff goes to the desired locations and eliminate problem areas before they start.
In most situations, re-grading also involves the installation of surface French drains and catch basins or storm drains to carry the water away.
An interior French drain system may be needed if water is coming into the lower part of the foundation. The excess water running against the foundation can cause foundation walls to push and bow, which may cause a need for wall anchors.
Stormwater management is the attempt to divert rain and snowmelt away from your home and back into the ecosystem. Without proper stormwater management, every occurrence of heavy rain could result in your basement flooding and your foundation eroding.
A French drain is one of the most straightforward and effective means of diverting excess water from your property. The installation process involves locating areas on your property where water tends to build up the most.
After finding the “problem” areas of your yard where most of the post-rain moisture is accumulating, installers will dig a trench in the area and add a perforated pipe designed to capture groundwater and send it toward storm drains or appropriate bodies of water.
If you’re looking for a stormwater management solution, D-Bug Waterproofing is highly experienced with the installation of storm drain systems along with proper grading of the associated landscape.
Concrete Flat Work
Concrete flat work includes any flat-surface concrete job. For home landscaping projects, this mainly involves driveways, walkways, patios, and steps.
Adding flat work to your property is an excellent way to increase its value since it adds an aesthetic quality as well as long-term functionality with little-to-no maintenance required.
Concrete costs less than other paving materials such as flagstone, brick, or cobblestone. Skillful builders can make regular flat work mimic all those surfaces and more. There are a number of tools that allow you to play with texture and color and get the most out of your flat work job.
For simpler jobs such as driveways, some people will opt to save on up-front costs by using asphalt, but asphalt has a number of disadvantages, including frequent maintenance needs and a shorter lifespan — even when it’s properly maintained.
Erosion and Soil Control
Soil erosion is a common problem for homeowners, but the solution to better control your soil and prevent erosion is easier than you think.
Mulch may be the greatest defense between your yard and erosion. Mulch stabilizes soil temperatures, retains moisture, and adds nutrients in the areas you need it most.
It also comes in a number of different forms, such as compost, pine needles, and rocks. Even newspaper can double as food for your lawn. It’s best to use mulch sparingly and only cover the areas of your lawn that need it most.
Finally, it may be tempting to introduce non-native flowers and plants to your yard, but by sticking to species that are from the area, you’ll be protecting your topsoil and ensuring deep root systems are forming in your yard.
This is the “set it and forget it” approach to erosion and soil control for your yard.
Trust D-Bug Waterproofing
With over 75 years of experience dealing with excavation and landscape grading in southwestern PA, we know what it takes to get the job done. To schedule your free inspection, visit our Contact Us page or give us a call at 1-855-381-1528.