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Drainage & Grading Project for Basement Flooding

Drainage & Grading Project for Basement Flooding

In the area of Minnesota including Rochester, Red Wing, Zumbrota, and more, we have a higher water table. If you have a basement, you know that higher water table means that you may have issues with water pooling in your basement if the original drainage and grading weren't done properly. At Hills Landscaping, we've developed comprehensive drainage and grading solutions to address those issues so that you can get back to enjoying your basement and not worry about flooding when rainy or snowy weather hits.

Recently we had the chance to come up with a solid drainage solution for one of our customers, Vicki Zook, who had been fighting with this very issue for over 20 years and spent a lot of money on band-aid fixes that didn't help.

"I was unable to find a landscape professional that was willing to take on the complicated issues associated with residential drainage," Vicki said. "The good news is that there is finally someone in the area that is willing to take on the challenge—Hills Landscaping!"

Check out some more information, photos, and video from this recent project below.


Steps We Took to Keep Water from Entering the Basement

Basement drainage project excavation and cover up in Rochester, MN.

Upon arriving to evaluate the problem, we found that water was still entering the basement even though the previous contractors had added tar to part of the foundation and added drain tile. This drain tile had become plugged because they used sand and pea rock...

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How Drainage & Grading Can Address Basement Flooding Issues

How Drainage & Grading Can Address Basement Flooding Issues

Basement flooding can be a serious issue, especially when it happens continually. Many places will attempt to fix the issue by addressing the flooding itself rather than the cause of the flooding. When your home’s grading and drainage is incorrect, it can cause continual basement flooding, and neglecting to address these issues will never fix the problem.

Proper drainage and grading are essential to preventing a flooded basement. With drainage systems, land clearing, and proper grading, your basement can be better protected against flooding. Here is how drainage and grading can address basement flooding issues in Rochester, Red Wing, Zumbrota, and the surrounding areas.


Proper Grading Prevents Water Pooling

Grading refers to the level of the ground around your house and plays a very important role in water drainage and redirection. To prevent water from flowing toward your home’s foundation and pooling up, your property’s grading should be sloped away from your house. When the grading of the land around your house is not sloped properly, it does not divert water away from your house but rather causes water to pool up around your home’s foundation. When water collects around the base of your home, it can seep through and into your basement, causing flooding and water damage. Many professionals recommend a slope of five percent for successful and proper grading and water drainage. Proper grading will ensure your basement...

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Our new website has been launched live!

Our new website has been launched live!

We would like to announce our new website has been launched! We are very excited about new and existing customers being able to find us online, learn about our services and get in contact with us.

Come back often for great lawn care and landscaping information!

Part of our new website is a blog that we'll be utilizing to provide you with lawn care tips, reminders and other great lawn and landscaping information. We encourage you to join in and comment on our posts with your questions, opinions and requests.

The new site will continue to grow!

Since we just launched the website, there are many things we'll be adding into the future. When you see or talk to us, let us know what you think! Your feedback is important as we strive to offer the best lawn service possible.

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