Solutions for Surface Water Drainage Problems in Mississippi

May, 2014 by Alma Abell

Many foundation problems start out as drainage problems. These problems must be addressed when doing foundation repairs, but it’s even better to catch them before the foundation is damaged. Therefore, you should be on the lookout for issues that can cause drainage problems in Mississippi.

According to , problems with surface water drainage often develop over time. This is often caused by landscaping efforts that are done without giving proper consideration to how these changes affect the slope of the land or the soil just underneath the surface. Having a load of topsoil brought in can cause water to drain towards your house instead of away from it. Planting trees or bushes too close to the house can allow their roots to form drainage-blocking dams underground. Even having a flower bed near the house can cause the soil to rise over time as years’ worth of mulch and topsoil accumulate.

Alas, while it’s all too easy to accidentally change the slope of the land so that water drains towards a house instead of into the street where it belongs, changing it back can be much harder. Re-grading the property would require having people come in with bulldozers or similar equipment to push the soil around, which means that the lawn will be destroyed. If you have an underground sprinkler system, it will also be a casualty. Therefore, foundation experts usually suggest installing other drainage systems that won’t cause such disruption.

Catch basins are a popular solution to drainage problems in Mississippi. They are essentially permanent holes that are covered with gratings. These basins are connected to each other with underground piping. Another pipe at one end of the group leads to the place the water needs to go. This system works well when the ground is uncovered by any kind of hard surface.

For areas that are covered by concrete or asphalt, such as driveways, a channel drainage system can be installed. This type of system involves putting channels into the surface that direct water to a PVC transfer channel. The final channel sends the water away to an area where it can’t do damage.

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