Forever Green

Landscape Construction & Design
Waterproofing & Drainage 
 Edgewater NJ 


This customer contacted us because her home was "floating away". She lived towards the bottom section of a mountain in Edgewater where she was the last block before the Main av which received all of the rainwater from higher elevated homes prceeding up the mountain. In every storm excess rainwater would come down the mountain with foprce and velocity and run onto her property slowly but surely eroding the foundation and destroying structures inand around her home. On two instances a 4' pool she had collapsed because of water that undermined the pool.Her basement routinely flooded and water found its way through the walls of the basement eroding and bubbling the water barrier paint that had been put on. Her problem with water damage was severe and ongoing. It caused her property at times to be unusable. A prior contractor had attempted to install a French Drain as the default response which he abandoned halfway through as being futile. The homeowner wanted to both upgrade her landscaping, make her yard beautiful and at the same time make sure that this water problem was solved.She stated at one point if the water issue could not be resolved she was going to sell her home. 


We started by evaluating the property and determining that water was being allowed to freely run onto the property with nothing to stop it and then once on the property it was being collected and left to accumulate at the very areas that were being hit the most with water damage, mainly by the pool and the foundation. We proposed a series of alterations that would divert the water and and away from the property before ever having to resort to pumping it out. We began with the change in landscaping from a hedge to a fence. (Photos 1 & 2 )Below that fence we installed a masonry curb made from Beligian Block set in Portland Cement that ran the length of the property acting as the first barrier diverting  water from infiltration. (Photo 2)

​On the inside of the property behind the hedges, were dozens of overgrown shrubs and plants that stood in front old piled up stones that made up a make shift retaining wall. (Photo 3) Upon eliminating the shrubs we contructed a new retaining wall from interlocking wall stone and placed a 4" drain that ran behind the wall that collected any and all rainwater that madeits way past the Belgian Block Barrier. The 4" drain was ran some 500' off the property and down to the street below. (Photo 4 )


Finally where there was an old deck, we constructed an elevated patio properly pitched away from the house. Off that patio we installed a trash drain to run the length of the patio that collected any and all water diverted by the patio and tied it into the previously installed drain system that ran out to the street. (Photo 5) In the end the water problem was solved. This homeowner had complete and full use of her yard and never had to conern herself again withthe many many issues she faced with erosion and water infiltartion under the previous design of her property. A Fench Drain and sump pump in the home proved useless as ground water from a rising water table was not her problem. Her problem was solely and exclusively from mismnagement of rainwater run-off in conjunction with the topography of her property and was solved by Forver Green through evaluation, masonry structures and properly installed drains. Constact us today to have us evaluate your water problems.. 








Misinformation 

When it comes to waterproofing and drainage many customers are misinformed and often times work backwards taking the last steps before doing the initial less intrusive, less costly steps first often times failing to correct some of the same issues that remain. 

Many customers who have frequent water infiltration and who end up with water in their basements after a storm or who have a damp basement believe the first course of action and solution lies with the installation of a a French Drain. A French Drain although effective at removing water from a basement should be the choice of last resort, the nuclear option. Installing a French drain means that homeowners have surrendered to water infiltration of their basement to begin with and have accepted the fact that water infiltrating their basement is inevitable. While that may be true in some instances in may not be true in all and the installation of a pump and drain system doesn't necessarily mean your basement will be "dryer". It simply means that the water that infiltrated will be channeled back out in a predictable fashion. That doesn't prevent the basement from being damp and musty as water continues to sit and pool in and around the foundation. Very few  block foundations and concrete footings are absolutely waterproof, including new construction. In fact the uniform building code specifies that newly constructed homes under certain conditions contain a "foundation drain" to process infiltrated water.  (Section R406 Damproofing and Waterproofing).Since foundations can't be depended upon to be bsolute waterproof and a French Drain only pumps out already infiltrated water the focus should be upon diverting and preventing water from entering in the first place. 

Rainwater Run Off 

Allowing water to collect, pool and penetrate to grade level needlessly adds a considerable amount of rain water to the equation. Consider a typical size colonial home with a roof area of 600 sf. A rain storm lasting four hours and a total  rainfall of 1" will divert approximately 300-400 gallons of water from the roof to the gutters. Depending on where the gutters outlet if they outlet at all, rainwater can be driving down to the perimeter of the foundation and pool in and around the footings. Many customers have clogged leaders and disconnected downspouts that channel that water in and around the foundation to pool and seep through and infiltrate  compromised areas of the foundation. If homeowners simply opt to pump out infiltrated water nothing is done to reduce the factors that cause dampness and excessive moisture as water still remains on the outside perimeter and within the porous confines where it found entry through the foundation. Water that infiltarted a basement that becomes the permanent source of dampness and moisture even when pumped out is water  that should have been diverted beforehand. Improperly pitched, concrete, walkways and patios can have the same effect or exponentially add to the gallon problem as well as natural pitches to the nearby ground and topography. 

Exterior 

The first step in waterproofing is to evaluate the exterior of the home and eliminate any and all factors that contribute to water buildup in and around the foundation. All downspouts from gutters should connect to a underground drainage system that diverts water off the property to the street. The pitch of the natural grade of the land when and where possible should be corrected to divert water away from the property. When applicable we recommend to customers installing and erecting structures (retaining walls, curbing, berms)  that act as barriers to prevent water from making its way onto your property. Lastly one of the best ways to divert water away from the immediate area of the foundation is masonry work. 


Masonry & Drains as Waterproofing 

Properly installed masonry work in conjunction with drains can all but eliminate a majority of drainage and water infiltration issues. Masonry is relatively  impervious to water and acts to divert and channel water as it is directed to do. It can be directed to run off to other impervious materials such as asphalt or collected and streamlined out by means of a drain. Even in situations where the grade prevents water from being diverted to the street by means of a drain, a weeping drain station can slowly disperse the water to eliminate it as a problem from infiltrating areas such as attached garages below grade that often have inverted pitched driveways. We have multiple strategies for preventing and diverting water out and away from your home. 


Barrier Wall

In some instances cracks that occur in the foundation walls from settling are obvious open sources of water infiltration that can be seen coming soon after a downpour begins. In these instances and for other applications a barrier wall can be built along the the outside of the foundation in front of the existing wall and backfilled with mortar to make a waterproof barrier to a compromised wall. 


French Drain and Sum Pump

As the last and final option after all water has been diverted away from the foundation and property some home still manage to accumulate water infiltration in their basements due to a high water table. As rainfall occurs the water table in and around that home rises causing the basement areas to sit in a basin of water that inevitably finds its way through the footings seeping out onto the basement floors. Even with additional measures that can be taken to waterproof the interior masonry, often times in these cases an interior French Drain and sump pump is needed that removes infiltrated water back out to the exterior of the home to be carried off accordingly through subsequent drainage. 

Whichever option fits your property best. Contact us for an expert evaluation of your drainage and waterproofing issues. Scroll down below to see the problems faced by some of our customers and the solutions we provided for their waterproofing and drainage issues.  















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Trash Drain 
4" drain pipe 
Belgian Block Border
Belgian Block Border