Professional Grounds is a drainage expert in Fairfax County, Arlington County, Alexandria, and Washington D.C. Our company is well-known for our custom drainage solutions designed and installed to attain the proper, long-term solution. Our expertise covers more than common residential drainage problems such as standing water, flooding, sorry lawns or storm water run-off. We also specialize in larger projects such as culverts, retention ponds, and negative grade scenarios. Our drainage solutions will provide you with a permanent, no maintenance solution at the lowest price possible.
Having designed and installed drainage systems at thousands of homes and commercial sites in the Northern Virginia area, we have the experience to provide solutions to any drainage issues without installing any adding materials or components that a property won’t require.This approach, along with the volume of drainage work we perform allows us to be one of the most competitively priced drainage solution companies in our area.
Below are just a few examples of the type of drainage work offered by Professional Grounds, Inc.
CATCH BASIN AND DRAIN TILE SYSTEMS
The most widely used drain pipe in our industry is the 4” corrugated ADS pipe (black pipe). It is widely used because of it flexibility and ease of use. It should not be used, but is widely used by other contractors when extending and relocating the water from your gutters. 4-inch corrugated ADS pipe clog much easier than smooth pipes when attached to a gutter and that is why we recommend and use smooth pipes when connecting to a gutter when possible. Catch basins are used when you are collecting an excessive amount of running water after a rain storm. The idea of this is to channel the water underground instead of causing erosion above ground.
SWALE AND CULVERT INSTALLATION
A swale is a natural grass or stone area designed to channel water to a more appropriate area. If possible this is a more desirable option than catch basins and pipes. Culverts are used in conjunction with swales when you need to maintain your slope when a driveway or road crosses your swale. Culverts are made out of solid steel or aluminum.
Dry wells store water underground and slowly leach the water back into the soil to prevent pollution from entering the stream. A dry well can also play a major role in resolving drainage problems when no other solutions are possible.
Regrading is simplest form of re-directing water and often the most cost effective solution to solving drainage issues. Many times it is not possible because of your surrounding properties, but it is an often overlooked solution. Using equipment we can change the grade and direction of water flow at your property with permanent results.
GUTTERS AND DOWN SPOUTS
Home builders always leave the down spouts right next to the foundation which isn’t smart especially when you have a negative grade back to your house. The last thing you want is water sitting at the foundation of the house so it is important to channel the water away from your foundation to a more suitable area that has slope away from your house. It is important to use a smooth drain pipe or the leaves will clog the drain. 95% of drainage “experts” use corrugated pipe for its convenience, but the convenience is for them-not the homeowner.
A French drain is a perforated pipe that is surrounded by gravel and then surrounded by a geofabric material. A geofabric material prevents soil from entering your French drain and clogging it, but allows water to easy pass through. When installed correctly a French drain 20 years old will be just as effective as one installed today. French drains are ideal when standing water is present and perform best when a Bio filtration soil mix is used on top of the French drain. Biofiltration soil is not commonly used by other contractors, but the French drain will be much more effective when it is used.
Channel drains are used in driveway and pool applications when needed. If you garage is below your driveway or a patio connects your house and pool a channel drain will be needed to prevent water from flooding your garage or basement. Shown is an ACO drain that was used on a job in Clifton, VA. This specific channel drain makes it possible for water to slope away from your house and your pool at the same time and safely channels water well away from the house.
Some more of our Residential Design Build services include: