Through regular scheduled maintenance, our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. can help ensure your existing buried landscape drain pipes are free and clear of foreign debris and remain fully functional for many years to come.
We not only routinely clean existing buried downspout drain systems, but possess the skills needed to repair, modify and install new underground drains as well. From color-matched custom residential aluminum downspout modifications to complete landscape drainage improvements, we can successfully divert excess downspout water runoff to an alternate on-site location.
PRO-TIP: Always keep buried sump pump drain systems independent of nearby buried downspout drain pipes. Never connect the two to a single outlet point! Buried downspout drains have a tendency to clog over time when not properly maintained, especially those not protected from entry of leaves, tree branches and seed, roofing shingle sediment and other debris.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions or service requests you may have. We greatly appreciate the opportunity and look forward to being of assistance. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
Deciduous and Evergreen Care: Bush trimming, select pruning, shrub and hedgerow rejuvenation (partial or complete).
New Plant Material Installation: Perennials, annuals, shrubs, ground cover, bushes, trees and new lawns from seed.
Drainage Solutions: Buried extended down spout drains, debris filtered drain inlets, surface and sub-surface water capture and conveyance, buried sump pump outlet relocation, etc.
Residential Soil Grade Modifications: Perimeter slope adjustments along foundation, problematic plant relocation/elevation/complete removal, strategic soil berm placement, lawn replacement, etc.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any lawn or landscape related questions you may have. We stand ready to assist and look forward to being of service any way possible. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
Has your air conditioner condenser shifted or become sunken over the years? Is soil, mulch and other debris now infiltrating the base of your condenser? Do you need to raise the soil level where your air conditioner condenser currently sits to improve on-site drainage? If any of these or similar issues pertain to you, please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. to schedule an on-site property evaluation, we can help!
Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. will stabilize/elevate your existing condenser pad or replace it all together with a new and improved model. **Please Note: A qualified HVAC contractor will be needed to first disconnect your condenser’s electrical and coolant lines so we can improve the base pad area, then return later upon our completion to re-connect the unit (additional fees apply).**
Our on-site property evaluation will include the following:
Determine cause of original base pad failure (poor or nonexistent sub-base material previously used, negative drainage situation found, foundation settling occurred, old pad not structurally sound, etc.)
Assess surrounding landscape areas to determine best long term strategy for new condenser pad placement (away from mower and grass trimming equipment), adequate pad elevation (3″+/- above grade), determine any/all surrounding drainage improvements needed, etc.
Discuss new pad type and size, make note of who client will select to decommission the existing unit, timing of new pad installation and set date to have HVAC contractor return to reactivate applicable equipment.
Keep your air conditioning equipment in great condition and extend it’s lifespan by elevating it above soil grade and out of standing water prone areas. Please be sure to contact Pacocha landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions or service requests you may have. We are very happy to help any way we can. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
We are very fortunate to be in a line of work that permits us to see and inspect hundreds of unique buried residential drainage systems per year. While I am certain that every buried drain was originally installed to solve a water related problem, sometimes the so-called “drainage improvement” only makes matters worse.
The issue we find is when leaves and debris find their way into a buried drain pipe. The longer the buried drain pipe, the bigger the clogging problem can be!
Once debris enters your aluminum downspouts (via unprotected rain gutters above) and flows freely into your direct-connected buried PVC or corrugated drain pipe, unless cleaned regularly, will result in a clogged pipe (partial or complete).
So if you have no plans to install leaf gutter guards or to completely remodel your existing clog-prone buried drain system, try installing one of these simple grated downspout cleanouts (installed between your aluminum downspout outlet and buried 4″ PVC pipe inlet) to help solve your problem.
This inexpensive drain pipe modification will do a great job of keeping leaves and large debris out while also providing a removable/accessible service point of entry to use high powered air blowers or a pressure washer to clean any/all remaining sediment from buried drain pipe (as routine maintenance plan requires).
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any residential drainage challenge you may be experiencing. We will do our very best to help any way we can.
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Whenever planning to install new or modify an existing buried downspout drain, you need to be very aware of solid debris that can easily enter your buried drainage system and cause future problems. Whether it’s leaves, small branches, tree acorns/seed, asphalt roof shingle granules or any other debris that can enter your downspout by way of unprotected/uncovered gutters, a buried downspout drain system will eventually fail unless certain precautions are taken.
Here are 5 tips to ensure a trouble-free buried gutter downspout drain system.
1). Create an air-gap below your downspout (between downspout outlet and catch basin inlet). It is always a good idea to leave a bit of space (1″ to 4″+/-) between the end of your downspout and entry point of buried drain system to allow water to escape downspout if in the event your buried drain system becomes inoperable. We have seen many poorly designed buried downspout drains over the years that were direct connected (no air-gap) and eventually became clogged due to a lack of regular maintenance or by having no debris protection (atop roof gutters and/or atop buried drain inlet).
2). Reduce entry of large debris into buried drainage system by installing a grate covered catch basin at inlet point (ground level). Not only will most large sized debris get stopped from entering buried drain system via catch basins grate cover, but smaller sized debris that manages to pass through will settle to bottom of catch basin (instead of inside pipe) where it can be easily removed at some point in the future.
3). Add a catch basin filter for extra protection against unwanted small granular sized debris from entering into buried drain pipe.
4). Clean sump base of catch basin (and optional filter) annually to ensure long term buried drain system success. Most downspout catch basins can be easily cleaned out by simply unscrewing the top grate cover and shoveling out or vacuuming any/all settled debris that has accumulated in sump of catch basin.
5). Occasionally inspect top of catch basin (once per month recommended) to ensure the grate cover is free and clear of debris.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any exterior residential drainage improvement needed at your Chicagoland area property. Thank you for visiting our site and we look forward to being of service to you!
If proper site drainage is lacking at your property and continuous rains routinely cause the ground to become fully saturated, standing water will almost certainly occur.
Especially across low lying lawn and poorly drained plant bed areas, if surface water is left to stagnate for long periods of time, non-tolerant plants may fall victim to the negative effects of excessive soil moisture (root decay/wet-feet).
Here are a few ways to relieve standing water at your property.
Redirect existing roof downspouts and/or sump pump outlet pipes to flow toward alternate non-problematic areas (if possible).
Raise the soil grade within low-lying flood prone areas.
Install an underground drainage system to properly relocate, store and/or further improve the natural process of ground water percolation.
Fine tune your irrigation system to prevent over watering (soil type and natural rainfall frequency dependent).
If you suspect a neighboring property is the direct cause of your drainage problem, begin a direct discussion with it’s owner and/or the local government to find a beneficial solution.
If poor drainage cannot be improved for whatever reason, consider planting species that can tolerate wet soil conditions.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions you may have. We greatly appreciate your time and look forward to being of assistance to you in the very near future. Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!
When installing an extended underground downspout or sump pump drain, it is always a good idea to direct excess discharged water away from your foundation and into a water safe area several feet away (open lawn area, french drain, dry well, etc.).
A great way to finish off the open outlet point of a buried corrugated or PVC drain pipe (directed to an open lawn area – in particular) is with a pop-up drainage emitter cover. Unlike a standard round grate type drain cover which may allow soil and small debris to flow back into the buried pipe, a pop-up emitter is a clean looking alternative that remains closed until passing water pressure forces it open. They blend nicely into any lawn area (green color) and are the perfect outlet cover for any 3″ to 6″ diameter buried drain pipe installation.
The beauty of a buried landscape drain system is that it remains normally hidden from sight while automatically relocating excess stormwater that runs off a roof, large paved surface or any other impermeable area. Most residential drainage systems revolve around single or multiple buried drain lines that range in size from 3″ in diameter on up to 6″+ diameter (4″ drain pipe being most common – excess storm water dependent). Not only are there different pipe diameter sizes to consider, but also different materials as well. Depending on site conditions, amount of water to relocate, distance to extend across and location of pipe outlet (to daylight), one will need to choose between flexible plastic or solid PVC pipe. The most widely used types of drainage pipe are plastic corrugated, plastic corrugated and perforated, PVC solid, PVC solid and perforated.
One major problem with buried residential drainage systems that relocate water from an unscreened and unfiltered water source (downspouts connected to gutters with NO overhead leaf gutter guard protection in particular) is that debris can easily make it’s way into the buried pipe(s) and create clogs. As the buried pipe(s) become clogged, water flow at the outlet point can be reduced to a trickle and/or become stopped entirely. As you can imagine, without routine inspection and a thorough underground drain pipe cleaning (via vacuum, forced air or high pressured water jet), unnoticed clogs may lead to other serious problems around your property. Common problems like standing water, leaky basements, ice damming along roof edges, overly saturated plant material or even washout of nearby mulch or once compacted pavement base materials can be experienced when water flows into areas where it is not welcomed.
A solution for clogged buried drain pipes has recently become available and is manufactured by a company called NDS. They have created a simple catch basin filter that comes in two different sizes to fit their common 9″ and 12″ square shaped catch basins. Catch basins are commonly used under existing downspouts to funnel water underground to/through attached drain system. The NDS catch basin filters are removable and cleanable. They efficiently prevent dirt and debris from entering/clogging your underground drainage system.
The damage done to a mature lawn or landscape (in particular) after a major sewer repair, drainage improvements or new flood control system has been installed can be minimal or quite extreme. Plant material, lawns, irrigation systems, retaining walls, pavement and low voltage lighting can be damaged or completely destroyed when underground construction takes place near by. Other matters like extreme soil compaction and severed mature plant root systems are very common issues as well. Depending on the initial soil excavation depth, size of equipment used, property location, type of underground repair performed and amount of construction spoils left behind will normally dictate the cost of landscape restoration services required. One of the main cost drivers (besides labor and materials) of residential landscape restoration work (post sewer/flood control improvements) is the amount of excess stone/debris that is left behind. When hiring an underground repair contractor it is always a good idea to be aware and to discuss who exactly will be responsible for the cost of removing excess fill/debris (off-site) if needed. If the excess fill material that is left behind is somewhat desirable (soil or sand) and lacks large pieces of unwanted stone, bricks, concrete, etc. than it can be easily re-purposed/relocated on-site to reduce overall restoration costs. Some examples of how to use these excess materials may be to elevate a low lying plant bed area, create a new raised planting bed or to fill-in multiple low/sunken lawn areas that are in need of repair. In addition, please keep in mind that it is very likely that ground settling will occur after deep soil excavation work has been performed. Depending on how well the underground contractor compacted the back-filled soil/stone will determine the amount of ground settling to be experienced in the future (1-3 years post landscape repair). Please contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. to assist in evaluating and providing the necessary lawn and landscape restoration services for your Chicago or surrounding northwest suburban residential property.
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