Storm Drains, Catch Basins
& French Drains
Rain Runoff Takes Its Toll
Southwestern Pennsylvania has seen increased rainfall in recent years. If your lawn becomes a pond after each storm, your landscaping a muddy mess, or your basement fills with water, it’s time to call D-Bug Waterproofing.
D-Bug has been serving the needs of residential and commercial customers in the Pittsburgh region since 1939.
Most people think of us as “that basement waterproofing company,” but our skills are all about the control of water from weather events, whether than means the pool in your parking lot or the river of rainfall that’s moving your yard down the street.
From gutter lead offs and French drains to storm gratings and catch basins, we have the solutions to keep your property in good shape and your basement dry, regardless of the weather. We even grade landscaping and install retaining walls to keep your property looking its best, maintaining great curb appeal in spite of the weather.
A catch basin is like a big floor drain installed outside on your property. It’s a concrete box under a storm grating that fills with water and debris during a storm.
A lead-off pipe exits the catch basin a couple inches from the bottom (depending on size), and this means debris settles to the bottom while water exists the catch basin from the lead-off.
Properly placed, catch basins stop the flow of water and debris before they can pick up damaging momentum. Depending on the lay of the land, they can also be useful in intercepting waterflow before it stresses your foundation or floods your basement.
From time to time, the accumulated debris must be removed from your catch basin.
An outside surface French drain is a ditch dug 8 to 30 inches in depth. The ditch is dug and graded to the surface in the area where we want to drain the water. A surface French drain is designed to drain the water from low lying areas or catch run off water before it reaches your home or business.
D-Bug lines the trench with a fabric to keep the dirt separate from the gravel. The fabric filters the water through and keeps the dirt out to prolong the life of the surface drain.
After the dig is graded and the fabric is in place, we install the French drain pipe. In most residential applications four inch pipe is sufficient. We then fill the ditch with gravel to grade level.
However, most surface French drains require a lead off pipe. A lead off pipe is a solid pipe that is piped underground and graded to the surface in a desired location
For both catch basins and French drains, our crews haul away any excess dirt unearthed during installation.
Why Call D-Bug Instead of a General Contractor?
Western Pennsylvania is a land of hillsides, rain, and winter freeze-thaw cycles. These are the same forces that cause foundations to leak and basements to flood. At D-Bug Waterproofing, over 75 years of service and experience have taught us how to control water with these forces in mind.
Retaining walls, foundation repairs, and basement remodels — we know the best materials and the proven techniques to ensure you receive the most for your investment.
At D-Bug Waterproofing, we know more than almost anyone else about. Call us at 1-855-381-1528 or visit our Contact Us page today.