Swampy Yards

A swampy backyard is a cause for concern for many homeowners. Not only is it unattractive in many cases and hard to mow, but stagnant water is also a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other disease-spreading insects. In addition, poor drainage renders your yard unusable during rainy periods of time. We first need to determine what is causing water to accumulate in your yard before looking into potential solutions. It could be excess roof water improperly draining, highly compacted soil that retains water on the surface, or your yard may be located near the drainage of other surrounding properties, leading to a constant accumulation of water. There are several drainage solutions Pittsburgh French Drains & Excavating can implement to turn your backyard into a place where your friends and family can spend quality time together.

I would highly recommend this company. They were extremely prompt and their bid was very fair. They completed the work ahead of schedule and even did more than we had discussed before placing my new French drains to help my swampy yard. Cory still honored his original estimate and provided a very personalized experience. I’m very impressed with the quality of the work. The yard is drying up quickly. Thank you Cory for saving my yard!

Erik Happ
  • a swale in a yard in Pittsburgh PASwales- Swales can be created to help ensure proper drainage, minimize runoff, or capture storm water. In simple terms, they are generally shallow ditches that have gently sloping sides. Depending on their function, they may run along the contour lines of a hillside and may have a berm on the downhill side of the ditch. They rely on gravity to move water and are designed to direct the water where we want it to go.
  • French Drain/Drainage FieldIf your property is slightly elevated above other surrounding lands, you can install a perforated-pipe as part of your yard drainage fixes. A perforated pipe laid into the ground with proper gravel can draw water by gravity and carry it away from the yard.
  • Dry Well- A dry well is a covered hole filled with gravel or similar material. It serves as an endpoint for your drainage system. Water is directed to the dry well, where it filters down through the gravel and is distributed deep into the soil.
  • Lawn Grading- Water can accumulate from roof runoff and other areas around the property if your backyard tilts inward towards the home. We can create a gentle slope pointing away from the house that will enable runoff to drain away from the property.
  • Leveling– There is a good chance that you have—or will have—standing water in your yard if your property lies at the foot of a hill and your region gets a lot of rain. You can also suffer from having low spots in particular areas of the yard where the terrain slopes down.
  • Sump Pump – Exterior sump pumps take unwanted pooling rainwater in your backyard and drain it to a location safely away from your foundation. Outdoor sump pumps can accomplish this in two ways. First, they can collect excess rainwater in one area and pump that water into a storm sewer. Alternatively, they can allow it to percolate naturally in a safe area of your yard.
a catch basin
A catch basin.
  • Catch Basin –catch basin is a large underground reservoir that collects and disperses runoff water. They’re a versatile drainage solution that can be used as a standalone solution or as part of a larger system. Depending on your needs, you can get a catch basin in different shapes and sizes—grates included. You can typically find catch basins installed in areas where water accumulates in a yard or directly beneath a downspout. They are then connected to a drainpipe that runs the water to a ditch or other safe outlet.
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