Erosion and runoff are two of the most common causes behind homes facing shifting and slide failure. Torrential or prolonged rains pose the biggest threats to such properties.
Preventing them can be a challenge without a fully functional and effective hillside drainage system. Neglecting the drainage of your hillside home may lead to much more extensive and costly repairs in the future. The unique and diverse landscape of Los Angeles often requires homes to be built along hillsides. While hillside properties are very desirable for multiple reasons such as the peace and quiet and breathtaking views, certain concerns arise when you are a hillside property owner. One of the main concerns is drainage complications that can lead to water intrusion into your home, flooding, and severe property damage.
Some of the common signs of bad drainage in your hillside property include movement of topsoil caused by heavy rain, erosion, oversaturated soil, soggy vegetation, and pooling of runoff water in undesired places around your property, such as directly under gutters or downspouts.
If you notice any of these telltale signs of a poor or failing hillside drainage, take immediate action to prevent the problem from getting out of hand. Book a consultation with Alpha Structural for an inspection of the drainage of your hillside property. Our hillside drainage specialists will perform a thorough assessment to determine whether or not your property requires the installation of a hillside drainage system, and if so, which kind.
Delaying the installation of an efficient drainage system customized to suit the unique needs of your hillside property can only lead to profound and irreversible damage to it, threatening its structural integrity.
Faulty water drainage will not only result in a disheveled landscape but may also eventually damage your foundation. This would necessitate a much more lengthy and expensive procedure for repair. If you have a good hillside drainage system in place, it will preserve your landscape. More importantly, it will ensure that your hillside home has a secure and stable foundation. It will benefit the residents of the property as well as protect the property value.
Installing hillside drainage differs greatly from any other kind of drainage both procedurally and in terms of the time and skill that it calls for. While flat land drainage is quite easily manageable through the construction of shallow ditches that lead the water to the main drain to avoid puddle formations and pooling around the property, hillside drainage is a bit more complicated than that.
The ideal drainage system for a hillside property facilitates water to flow downwards and away from the structure. It also prevents surface runoff from flowing into your property from upslope by creating diversions. Successfully installing a fully functional hillside drainage system demands great attention to detail and substantial technical prowess that the hillside drainage specialists here at Alpha Structural can offer.
Several different methods can be employed to install a well-working drainage system on your hillside property.
The process that is best suited to the drainage needs of your structure would be determined by the slope of the land it is built on, the landscape, the drainage issues it faces, and so on. Our assessors will design a custom drainage system to address your concerns. This preserves the landscaping of your yard while effectively directing excess water away from the building. Proper grading of the land also promotes good drainage, preventing water from pooling around the building or flooding basements. The team of drainage experts at Alpha Structural put their hard-earned technical know-how to good use to reduce both the scope and duration of work to its minimum while still ensuring top-notch quality and maximum value.
A foundation is more than just the bottom floor of your property. It is the base that supports everything you work so hard to protect. At Alpha Structural, Inc., we treat each project with that level of responsibility and respect. That’s why families and businesses across Los Angeles choose us to protect the structures that protect them. If you want your foundation built to the Alpha Standard, contact us today to schedule an inspection.