Dallas, TX (PRWEB) March 05, 2013
Often over looked and under used, drainage swales are simple and inexpensive foundation maintenance options that Advanced Foundation Repair, a foundation repair company in located in Dallas Texas, often recommends.
“We are often asked what the definition of a swale is,” says Fred Marshall, owner of Advanced Foundation Repair. “A drainage swale, also known as a vegetated swale or grass swale, is just a fancy term for a wide shallow ditch that is designed to carry away run-off water from rain, sprinklers, and so on. From a landscaping perspective, short swales are barely noticeable because they are both wide and shallow.” Fred Marshall goes on to say, “Drainage swales are often the easiest drainage system to install and can help prevent the possible need for expensive foundation repairs and are nearly maintenance free.”
The first place to start is to see if a drainage swale is needed. One easy test is to check one hour after a rain fall. Look to see if there is a standing pool of water no more than 10 feet from the home’s foundation. Standing water can cause soil to expand which can cause undo pressure on foundations. Excess pressure on the foundation may cause foundation damage that requires expensive foundation repair.
Once installed, drainage swales are virtually maintenance free as they blend in with the grass and are easy to mow. Watch the video on how to install a drainage swale or follow these few swale design tips for DIY homeowners:
Advanced Foundation Repair offers home repairs from the foundation up including foundation repair, plumbing and general construction services. Advanced Foundation Repair has specialized in foundation repair needs of Texas homeowners for over 100 years. Advanced Foundation Repair specialists’ reputations for prompt and honest service assure customers reliable service. Find additional home owner tips and DIY white papers at http://www.foundationrepairs.com.