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Prevent Home Water Damage With EXTERIOR Basement Waterproofing

Most basement waterproofing companies will suggest installing an interior french drain equipped with a sump pump when you start to see water issues arising in the basement.  Although this makes for a great backup plan, you are inviting water to come in using that method. Lisk Drainage Solutions - Basement Waterproofing This is the outside of the foundation wall.  Can you see why painting the interior wall and installing an interior french drain would be ineffective? Not only are you allowing the water to penetrate your home’s foundation, but you aren’t even dealing with it until after it’s too late – this is called “damp-proofing”.  Installing an interior french drain with sump pump, then painting over the wall block will not fix the deteriorating block, remove moisture, or prevent mold. In fact, it will only become a larger problem in time. Through our exterior basement waterproofing, we will prevent the water from penetrating your home’s foundation entirely.  Please take a few minutes to view the video explanation below.
The difference here is that we are dealing with the water problem from the outside – preventing it from entering your home at all! By excavating down and exposing the house’s foundation, we were able to powerwash the existing block work, patch it up, and apply a rubberized membrane to make the wall water tight. Lisk Drainage Solutions - Basement Waterproofing In this instance, we also diverted the downspouts in the effected area, as well as re-graded the back yard to eliminate negative water pitch. Other instances may call for an exterior french drain up against the house as well, but because we corrected the grading of the yard – and added a retaining wall which included a drainage system, we didn’t need a french drain here. For more information on our basement waterproofing services, please follow this link or simply give us a call at 856-931-5475.

Downspout Relocation. A Viable Water Drainage Solution

When there is a heavy rain, are you experiencing water pooling up near your downspouts? Chances are, that’s because the majority of the rain water is being channeled & concentrated towards one centralized point, and it has nowhere to go.  Sometimes the cheapest & most effective solution is to simply re-locate your home’s downspouts. Some people have roofs the size of a basketball court.  Just imagine a basketball court mounted on the top of your house… slightly tilted so that one corner was the lowest point.  Now imagine water running down the entirety of this basketball court, and funneling down to that one corner.  It’s alot of water for one area to undertake.  Now that the water is being channeled down through a singular downspout, it’s flooding out the exit area by default.  When the grading is bad, that water naturally pools up against the house. When large amounts of water sit stagnant in one area, it takes much longer for it to evaporate.  As a result, the water sits & corrodes, searching for it’s lowest point.  If it happens to be sitting up against your home’s foundation, this can oftentimes result it water finding it’s way into your home. Again, the simplest – and most cost effective – way to help alleviate this water drainage issue… simply re-locate the downspouts.  Check out the video example below.
Effective & Inexpensive Drainage Solution – Downspout DrainageWhen we get a heavy rain… are you experiencing water pooling up near your downspouts? That’s because the rain water is being channeled & concentrated towards that one centralized point, and it has nowhere to go. Sometimes the cheapest & most effective solution is to simply re-locate your home’s downspouts. “Where do I go from here??” Just call
We know the idea of spending money on fixing this issue is not an easy pill to swallow. But when you think about the type of damage the water can cause if it were to get into your house… this is the smartest preventative measure you can make to protect yourself from taking a huge financial hit in the future. water drainage solution - downspout drainage - lisk drainage solutions For a free water drainage solution consultation, give us a call at 856-931-LISK – or simply fill out this form.

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Use Organic Lawn Fertilizer… Not Poisonous Synthetics

Besides the chemical aroma wafting through the air, what is the first thing you notice when a lawn fertilization company treats your property?  That little flag at the end of the driveway warning you not to touch the grass for a couple days.  The flag usually has a picture of a baby or dog with a message that says not to let them onto the grass until the application has had a chance to dry.
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The reason they tell you not to walk on it is because the synthetic materials they are using are poisonous.  These chemicals are being introduced to your property every time a new treatment is applied. Is it really practical to not allow your dog out into the yard for a couple of days?  Probably not.  Does it excite you that you could be tracking pesticides into your home simply by walking across the grass?  Highly doubtful.

 The Alternative

Fortunately, we have the perfect solution to the issue – and that is Organic Lawn Fertilizer! Organic Lawn Fertilizer is made with (you guessed it!) organic materials.  No synthetics, no chemicals, no toxins… no danger! The benefits of using an organic lawn fertilizer far outweigh those of a chemically-based product.  When using an organic lawn fertilizer, the idea is to build up and to sustain a healthy microbe population.  The microbes in your soil naturally feed the lawn.  It’s the same principal as when you mulch the grass when cutting your lawn.  Those clippings are returned into the environment, eventually biodegrade, and they naturally enrich the soil. After years and years of being treated using synthetic fertilizers, the biology of your lawn’s soil essentially needs to be transformed back to a natural state.  This does take time, and it is a process – but fortunately for you, we know the process, and we’ll get you there!
Organic Lawn Fertilizer Review:
  • Fertilize your lawn
  • No risk of poisoning your family/pets
  • It’s organic… so it’s environmentally-friendly!
  • No grace period where you can’t let your children play on the lawn for days.
Switching to organic lawn fertilizer will yield results, and Lisk Landscape Management can be your guiding light!
 

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Lisk Quick Tips: Using Arborvitae Green Giants As A Subtle Privacy Screening

Sometimes, creating a visual barrier on your property can be a difficult task to tackle.  Should you build a fence?  Perhaps you don’t like the idea of a fence – or maybe a fence is simply much too costly for your budget. lisk landscape - lisk quick tips This article is meant to provide you with a way to create a privacy screening on your property in a cost-efficient… and attractive manner! We used Arborvitae Green Giants for the privacy screening on this property.  Check out the video below to see how it all ties together! As you can see in the video, even the simplest of touches can make a huge difference! These Arborvitae Green Giants were selected for a specific reason.  They will eventually grow together with depth and fullness, creating a visual barrier for the customer’s privacy. As you learned in the video, they will grow to be approximately 20-30 feet in height with a 7 foot spread – so this particular yard will have a nice privacy screening in the area in which it was desired. Here’s an added bonus for using the Arborvitae Green Giants as your privacy screen: These plants are evergreens!  What does that mean?  It means that you will experience the full color, density, and privacy screening year-round! This also goes for the Red Tip Photinia that were used.  They will grow densely, and with a nice height for that corner.  Again, it holds the benefit of maintaining it’s beauty throughout the year – as it is also an evergreen shrub.  This particular ‘evergreen’ has a semi-glossy red variegated tip. Keep up with all the the Lisk Quick Tips by entering your email below! Be sure to: Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter

A Pertinent Remedy To A Persistent Water Drainage Problem

In this writeup, we’re going to go over “A Pertinent Remedy To A Persistent Water Drainage Problem”.  This client’s property was experiencing water puddling in various areas of their front yard.  Lisk Landscape was called in to offer an affordable drainage solution, and we are going to review that solution here! Lisk Landscape - Water Drainage Problem Because of the water drainage problem, a channel has been excavated to prepare the ground for 4″ drainage pipe & permeable stone.  As you can see, we prepared the water drainage problem area by digging a ditch.  This ditch will be the bedding that holds the permeable fabric, stone, and drainage piping.  This system will ultimately lead out to a popup installed in designated area of the yard. Lisk Landscape - water drainage problem The above photo illustrates how we plan to carry the water away from the property, and out to the street. Also, it is important to note that as we progress in our water drainage problem projects, we like to maintain a clean work environment so that the customer is a pleased as can be with the end result. The photo shows overturn clumps of grass alongside the excavated drainage channel. This is so that we can replace that grass over the filled hole, preventing any wait time for your grass to return! lisk landscape - water drainage problem We have now installed a layer of fabric, stone, and the drainage piping within the excavated drainage channels. The stone you see will be covered over with another layer of fabric, then back-filled with soil. Once that’s complete, we will replace the overturned clumps of grass, and this drainage water problem is solved!! Please watch the video below for a more in-depth explanation of this drainage system. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook! If you have any questions or comments, we invite you to participate on this page below!

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