One of the greatest challenges in providing excavation services of any kind is redirecting storm water.
Water is the primary shaper of the landscape. Water will always flow from the highest point to the lowest point, and take the path of least resistance to get there. Getting this fundamental truth wrong on a science test may not be such a big deal; getting it wrong in the landscape can be disaster! As excavation contractors in New Hampshire, site drainage is our number one concern on every project.
Go with the flow. Site drainage and retention ponds are critical in new developments and road construction. Because most of the house lots and new construction developments in southern New Hampshire have a hilly terrain, installing drainage swales and retention ponds are often sufficient to redirecting storm water safely. Drainage swales consisting of rip-rap stone (or similar erosion control material) are cut in to the grade and flow to a retention pond in a natural low spot on the property or development. Drainpipes and culverts are installed underneath driveways during road construction to channel water through.
Occasionally, there is nowhere for the water to go. We will install a catch basin and connect it to a municipal drain system, if there is one available – or install a crushed stone dry well to catch standing water.
Wet basement? Water in the basement is one of those casualties of not understanding this basic law of physics. It only takes a small crack between the footing of the foundation wall to cause water to flow into a basement and do a lot of damage. If you suspect you have a leak in your basement, don’t wait – call us! Because basements are dark and generally moist, mold can begin to grow quickly. A heavy rainstorm can ruin a finished basement, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. More than just a wet basement contractor, Sarette and Son Excavation can redirect the storm water before it reaches your basement by re-shaping the landscape of your property; we can also install a footing drain around the perimeter of your house, then seal the exterior foundation walls to prevent it from ever happening again.