Yard Drainage in Burr Ridge

Let’s face it: the weather in Burr Ridge and its surrounding areas can be brutal. No sooner than you’ve dug out from the latest snowstorm, you may be cranking the air conditioner as the heat of spring and summer sets in. Most of us wouldn’t trade the convenience and excitement of Chicagoland for the world, but it’s no secret that Burr Ridge homeowners can experience some pretty significant weather extremes over the course of a typical year.

No doubt your Burr Ridge home is your haven from the hustle and bustle of daily life, whether you’re a commuter, a parent in charge of the never-ending school run, or anything in between. If you’ve worked with Ware Landscaping to beautify your little slice of heaven, you are well aware of our dedication, commitment to getting things right the first time, and the overall value that we can provide.

We want to be your one-stop shop for help with anything that involves beautifying and solidifying the space around your home, whether that is a simple weekly visit for lawncare to the installation of a full outdoor kitchen. But did you know that one of our top competencies is protecting your Burr Ridge yard and home from drainage issues?

When you look out your window after a storm or once the snow melts, do you see mushy, wet, muddy areas that take days to recede and dry out? This is a common result of certain types of soils or improper grading of the property that could go back to the time when the home was originally built. Unfortunately, if left unrepaired, this problem can wind up damaging trees and shrubs and even affect the foundation of your Burr Ridge home depending on the extent of the issue.

The Dangers of a Yard Full of Puddles

Of course, no one wants to see standing water when they look at their yard. It’s unsightly, and it prevents the enjoyment of your outdoor space, which you work so hard to be able to enjoy with your family and friends. Wet, muddy areas are not only ugly, but they also contribute to a never-ending mess when kids and pets track dirt into your home from their outdoor adventures. In the winter, standing water can create a slipping hazard when the water freezes. In the heat of the Burr Ridge summer, these puddles can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, ruining the outdoor fun that you’ve been looking forward to all winter.

But the problem of excess moisture gets even worse. Did you know that standing water can affect the foundation of your home over time? As excess water fails to find an outlet, your home’s foundation can become weakened as water seeps in. Your family’s health can even be threatened as water enters holes in the foundation and mold growth begins, which can go unnoticed for years.

What is a French Drain?

A French drain consists of underground piping (surrounded by rocks to encourage drainage) that ferries excess water to a location safely away from your home. In addition to protecting the structure of your home from water damage, a French drain prevents soil erosion and keeps your plantings rooted and stable, which is especially important given the extreme weather conditions that affect Burr Ridge residents on a regular basis.

Our Process

Arguably, the most important step in our process is to evaluate the cause or causes of your drainage problem. And more often than not, we see multiple contributing factors to standing water. After all, if you don’t know the source of the problem, how can you correct it so that you don’t experience the same problem one or two years down the line? Our experts know how to track down every source of poor drainage so that the job is done right the first time. We offer you a free first visit so we can diagnose the problem as well as meet with you in person at your Burr Ridge home to reassure you that we are the right ones for the job.

Once we get started on installing the drain, our first step is to dig a trench for the underground water removal system. We choose the location based on a number of factors, including distance from your home and the location of any existing plant life and hardscaping features. Based on decades of experience, we know the right length and width that will ensure that excess water is funneled away properly and completely. To ensure precision, the grade of the trench is measured and guided by a laser.

Next, we lay a state of the art system that includes gravel, piping, and protective fabric into the trench. As long as the conditions of your yard remain the same, this system should last indefinitely. Catch basins are placed to ensure that water can drain into the system even with the heaviest rain or snow storm.

Finally, we grade your yard and place sod over the areas we’ve rehabbed, ensuring that no one will know the work has been done besides you—unless, of course, they comment on how beautiful your new yard looks!

We stand behind our work with a ten-year, no questions asked guarantee. If you see standing water on your Burr Ridge property within that time frame, we will fix it for free.

Pitfalls of Trying to Resolve Drainage Problems on Your Own

Unfortunately, some of our best customers are those who have attempted to install a French drain on their Burr Ridge property—and failed miserably. While you can find DIY instructions for nearly anything these days online, things can quickly go haywire when you wind up doing more harm to your property than good.

Here are just a few things our customers have reported when they’ve tried to install a French drain on their own:

  1. They couldn’t get the water to flow downwards and away from their property. Not every yard has the ideal grade to encourage perfect water drainage—in fact most don’t—and it’s a big job to get this right. Your yard may have uneven spots or look like it has an effective downward slope, and you only find out after you’ve invested time and money that your drain isn’t draining. Installing a trench and pipe under these conditions only creates further unevenness that must be repaired by professionals.
  2. They mistakenly hit a power line or other utility when digging. Weekend DIYers often forget that vital arteries that serve their home’s electrical, sewer, and gas lines are situated in their own backyards. Damage to these systems can cost tens of thousands of dollars in damage, or even cause electrocution in extreme cases. Any kind of extensive digging in your Burr Ridge yard is best left to the pros.
  3. Their drains are not properly constructed, so they just don’t work. Even under the best of conditions, it’s not easy to get every aspect of the French drain right if you don’t have experience in constructing them. It’s important to use the right gravel and piping, to line the trench properly and securely, and to cover the drain with the right kind of soil. That’s a tall order for a layperson! You wouldn’t repair your home’s boiler or ask your neighbor to pull your tooth, right? Once again, the value of your Burr Ridge home is best protected by professionals when it comes to installing effective drainage.

Burr Ridge Residents Choose Ware Landscaping

Burr Ridge residents know Ware Landscaping as a local, family-run business with a personal touch. We value every relationship with every family we work with in Burr Ridge. We treat all of our customers as friends, and we think it shows.

Ware Landscaping operates out of Naperville, so along with our Burr Ridge neighbors, we enjoy everything that the area has to offer. Whether we’re enjoying one of the world-class restaurants that the city has to offer, communing with nature in the expansive Oak Grove County Forest Preserve, or enjoying a barbecue or family party at home, we value the Burr Ridge community and are proud to serve you. We look forward to assisting with your landscaping and drainage needs in the near future!