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Ideally, a combination of topography, sunlight, and soil porosity should allow standing water in your yard to either drain away or evaporate. However, issues like dense soil, high water tables, or flat topography can cause standing water to pool up after heavy rains, turning your lawn and garden into a muddy swamp.
At A1 Sewer & Drain Services, our experienced local Bergen County drainage contractors can help you find effective solutions for your yard drainage and standing water problems. French drains, culverts, and other options can safely move water away to a location where it can evaporate or join a stormwater drain. For a free consultation and cost estimate, call us today at 201-645-0888.
Problems with Poor Yard Drainage in NJ
Standing water in your yard is a problem. Very few plants are adapted to waterlogged soil, and most grasses and landscaping plants will suffer from oxygen deprivation, root rot, and death when exposed to swampy soil conditions for too long. Standing water is also where mosquitos naturally lay their eggs. If the standing water is too close to your foundation, it can seep inside, creating ideal conditions for mold growth and damaging structural components.
Managing Standing Water with a French Drain in NJ
French drains consist of a perforated pipe in a trench lined with gravel, with a gradient from courser gravel on the inside to finer soil on the outside (which prevents soil from clogging the pipe). French drain installation on your property can stormwater and groundwater into a dry well, a low-lying area, a drainage ditch, or a nearby storm drain. French drains are installed with a slope of 1” per 8 feet, allowing water to flow downward naturally via gravity. They’re especially useful for keeping water away from your basement, where it could seep inside and cause mold growth and other problems.
Culvert Pipes for Landscape Drainage in NJ
Culvert pipe installation can also help prevent inadequate landscape drainage and standing water. A culvert is installed to allow water to flow past a barrier, such as a driveway, railroad crossing, road, or even a small stream. Culverts can be made from reinforced concrete, or from several different varieties of corrugated metal. Minimum size requirements for culverts can vary according to local building codes, but culvert pipe ranges in size from as small as 12” in diameter, to as large as 144” (12 feet) in diameter. The pipe is laid inside a trench, where compacted stone is placed around it. Flared sections at the inlet and the outlet, helping to diffuse large outflows.
In some areas of New Jersey, culvert installation on your property may require a permit. This is to help protect riparian environments, wetlands, and other natural areas that could be disturbed by nearby culvert construction.
Existing culvert pipes may also need to be replaced. A typical culvert pipe can last anywhere from 25 to 100 years, but their service lives can be reduced by local factors like soil pH, sulfide and chloride content in the soil, and other considerations.
Drainage Contractors in North Jersey
At A1 Sewer & Drain Services, our experienced local drainage contractors, based in Fair Lawn, provide sewer and drain services throughout Bergen County, Morris County, Union County, Passaic County, Essex County, and Hudson County. We’re always available for same-day service, including a free cost estimate. Call us any time, at 201-645-0888.