All Posts   Posted:   March 10, 2016

PROBLEM:

Insufficient and problematic street drainage catch basin allowing water to flood the customer’s landscape and reach the house.

SOLUTION:

Install an aggressive drainage system while being aesthetically pleasing due to the fact it had to encompass the entire front yard landscaping.

 

This customer came to us with a somewhat unusual situation of a street sewer in front of her home incapable of accommodating the typical heavy rains we get in late fall and winter.  It got much worse when the leaves would fall, impeding the flow of water even more.  At times the sewer would overflow and all that extra water collected from the neighborhood street would jump the curb, flooding her front yard landscape, shooting down the driveway to the front door and house foundation.  The HOA was not in any hurry to install a larger street sewer, so lining the driveway and bunkering the front door with sand bags had been her only line of defense.

This was obviously not a permanent solution and we were contacted to address the problem.  It was determined the flow of water across her site could become extremely heavy, so a very aggressive drainage system capable of absorbing very high volumes of water over short periods of time was necessary.  The problem was the area requiring this massive drainage system was the front yard full of plants. 

Using the existing topography of the area, there were a series of berms and valleys that would eventually become attractive dry creek beds throughout.  We were able to utilize these features by exaggerating their profiles and create deeper basins to accommodate a web of large 4” perforated drain pipe, multiple catch basins for rapid absorption at key locations and overall increased depth to handle huge flows of runoff if the pipe ever became overwhelmed.

Once the dry creek beds and drainage system was established, new plants and accent boulders were introduced to further enhance the effect of a natural creek setting.  Our customer now stays dry, even in the most aggressive down pours and street runoff situations the Pacific NW can muster.

PROBLEM:

Insufficient and problematic street drainage catch basin allowing water to flood the customer’s landscape and reach the house.

SOLUTION:

Install an aggressive drainage system while being aesthetically pleasing due to the fact it had to encompass the entire front yard landscaping.

 

This customer came to us with a somewhat unusual situation of a street sewer in front of her home incapable of accommodating the typical heavy rains we get in late fall and winter.  It got much worse when the leaves would fall, impeding the flow of water even more.  At times the sewer would overflow and all that extra water collected from the neighborhood street would jump the curb, flooding her front yard landscape, shooting down the driveway to the front door and house foundation.  The HOA was not in any hurry to install a larger street sewer, so lining the driveway and bunkering the front door with sand bags had been her only line of defense.

This was obviously not a permanent solution and we were contacted to address the problem.  It was determined the flow of water across her site could become extremely heavy, so a very aggressive drainage system capable of absorbing very high volumes of water over short periods of time was necessary.  The problem was the area requiring this massive drainage system was the front yard full of plants. 

Using the existing topography of the area, there were a series of berms and valleys that would eventually become attractive dry creek beds throughout.  We were able to utilize these features by exaggerating their profiles and create deeper basins to accommodate a web of large 4” perforated drain pipe, multiple catch basins for rapid absorption at key locations and overall increased depth to handle huge flows of runoff if the pipe ever became overwhelmed.

Once the dry creek beds and drainage system was established, new plants and accent boulders were introduced to further enhance the effect of a natural creek setting.  Our customer now stays dry, even in the most aggressive down pours and street runoff situations the Pacific NW can muster.