NDS Certified Professionals
Just recently, we received our Certified Professional Drainage Contractor (PDC) status from NDS. This title indicates that Greenworks has completed the NDS Professional Drainage Contractor course and passed the associated evaluation. We’ve demonstrated experience and knowledge in drainage installations, not just in general but specifically within our operating region of New Jersey.
Got That Squishy Yard?
Spongy, moist lawns result from old, dead grass material building up, creating a thick “thatch” layer. This compromises your yard’s ability to gather air, water, and fertilizer, leading to less healthy plants and further moisture issues.
Thatch in lawns is most common in yards with acidic and compact soil. However, it can also be caused by a variety of factors such as excess nitrogen, diseases, and pest problems. The materials become spongy and retain moisture from watering, rain, and runoff.
To protect your plants and home from diseases and nutritional deficiencies, you’ll need to remedy your “spongy” lawn quickly. That often starts with assessing the state of your yard’s moisture and drainage system.
How to Tell If You Have a Yard Drainage Problem
The most obvious warning sign of excess moisture in your yard is standing water. After it rains, your puddles should disappear after a day or two. If not, your yard is likely too packed with dead materials and roots to properly eradicate standing moisture.
As a Certified NDS Drainage Contractor, we know how to assess and diagnose moisture and drainage issues in your yard. Call GreenWorks right away if you notice:
Standing water on the driveway or pooling water at the foundation.
Soft/squishy areas of the yard or areas with poorly draining soil.
Downspouts that discharge underground to no apparent discharge point.
Basements and crawl spaces that are intermittently moist.
Standing water in the yard, on the patio, or around the pool area
Our Top Drainage Solutions and Products
1. Catch Basins
These drainage catch basins, also known as yard drains, capture large amounts of surface runoff water. They’re designed to be functional and decorative, so they won’t pose as an eyesore on your property.
Even better, they’re environmentally friendly and made from 100% recycled materials. Each catch basis can last for up to 50 years.
2. Flo Wells
Flo wells, also known as dry wells, are best for handling large volumes of water in a small area. Typically, they’re used to filter stormwater naturally through the subsurface. This reduces the number of pollutants present while also replenishing groundwater tables and discharging stormwater on site.
3. The NDS EZ-Flow
This gravel-free French Drain can be used in yards, basements, and crawl spaces in conjunction with retaining walls, curtains, and foundation drains. The NDS EZ-Flow consists of a perforated pipe with a lightweight “Poly-Rock” aggregate in a soiled sock.
Poly-Rock™ is an engineered polystyrene peanut with flow channels that allow 30% greater water flow rates over gravel. This product is long-lasting with an estimated 100-year material lifespan.
4. NDS Pop-Up Drainage Emitter
Our last product, the NDS Pop-Up Drainage Emitter, is especially easy to use and maintain. It serves as a final discharge point for water drainage and prevents small mammals, such as mice and squirrels, from entering and clogging your system.
The patented spring-loaded cap allows water to exit and closes to secure the pipe. This allows you to use the product in conjunction with sump pumps.
Struggling With Excess Moisture and Water in Your Yard?
Draining and managing water in your yard can be time-consuming and complicated - but we know how to make it simple.
We’re not your typical environmental contractor. Our goal is to promote a safe, healthy environment for you and everyone around you. We are well-versed in the local challenges NJ homeowners face, and we’re here to ensure your home is well prepared to face pollutants, mold growth, compromised air quality, and other environmental risks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Very! Moisture drives all biological processes in a built environment, and the way moisture moves through a home can help explain what is going on. Take older / historic homes, and the moisture issues can be very complex.
Simply sink a large, sturdy plastic bucket in the ground that has a lot of small 1/2 inch holes in it. Pack the area around the bucket with gravel and line the area to keep fine dirt out. Water will collect in the bucket where a mechanical pump will sit. As the water level rises, the pump will engage and remove the water. The bigger the bucket, the less your pump has to engage, thus extending the life of your pump.
From $35/LF to $75/LF depending on site conditions, mechanics and access.
Poor yard drainage isn’t just unsightly - it can cause a range of minor and major issues.
You may notice small issues right away, such as dead grass and standing puddles. However, the moisture can also lead to water-saturated soils that kill your turf grass and cause trees to suffer from root rot. The increased moisture compromises the soil oxygen levels, which harms plant life.
Furthermore, moss and mold, mildew, and wood rot thrive in moist environments. While your plants may start to die, increasing moisture can help fungus thrive. The last thing you want is to have these spores compromise your home’s outdoor and indoor air quality.
Within 24 to 48 hours of landing on a moist surface, mold spores begin to multiply. If you’ve noticed any mold or mildew growth in your yard, you need to act quickly to prevent the problem from escalating.
Mold isn’t the only organism that loves moisture - so do mosquitos. Standing puddles can quickly lead to an increase in mosquito activity, which can result in annoying bites as well as the spread of diseases such as:
- West Nile virus
- Eastern equine encephalitis
- Western equine encephalitis
- La Crosse encephalitis
- Yellow fever
Although outbreaks of such diseases are rare in New Jersey, they have occurred in some U.S. states. It’s best to tackle standing water issues in your yard immediately, likely by installing an NDS drainage system.
One of the most common questions we receive is, “How do I calculate the water volume I need to manage?”
It’s certainly one of the most important aspects of installing an NDS drainage system. Fortunately, our NDS-certified contractors are here to do the calculations for you. We’ll size up your system and accurately calculate stormwater runoff. That way, you can pick the perfect system and solution for your yard’s needs.
Underestimating runoff water flow can be dangerous. The more runoff water flows over your hard surfaces, the more harmful pollutants it can pick up. These pollutants can include anything from trash to soap and dirt and pesticides, fertilizers, and bacteria.
To keep our yards and waterways safe, you need to understand and deal with your water flow fully. Talk to our environmental team today to calculate potential stormwater runoff and eliminate risk factors, such as flooding and pollutants.
We’re a family-owned Environmental Advisory and Environmental Construction firm, and we’re experts in identifying environmental problems - including outdoor moisture issues.
Furthermore, we’re experienced at providing cost-effective, powerful solutions to residents throughout New Jersey. We know how to handle local water sources and drainage system requirements.
As an NDS Certified PDC, we have access to the top high-quality drainage tools. So whether the problem is in your backyard, basement, or crawl space, we’ll help you manage the issue with top-of-the-line solutions.
All of our remedies are based on real science and local environmental challenges.