Whether you are looking for full drainage system installation or excavation alone, we have you covered. As an experienced land developer, we employ a team of excavators whose duties include removing deficient drainage systems and equipment, as well as digging the groundwork for new installations. All demolition and excavation work is handled by our certified professionals in accordance with BC Worksafe regulations. Please visit our Excavation Page for more information.
Our Septic Systems are specifically designed for high performance, economical and sanitary waste management. Our technicians are fully certified under Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC’s requirements. We will visit you on site, provide a detailed estimate, then bring a set of drawings for your approval. Materials are chosen for each job to suit your specific needs. We also provide a number of Septic repair and maintenance services, and our administrative staff is waiting to answer any questions you may have.
Surface drains are shallow ditches that lead water into the main drain or away from the structure. Their purpose is to allocate moisture and prevent pooling or flooding. They are dug in a parallel form around buildings, walkways or driveways and are essential in combatting moisture buildup as a result of BC’s heavy stormwater.
Subsurface drains, also known as ‘French Drains’ are installed underneath the soil to remove its excess moisture and keep it from becoming bogged down. When the roots of grass, trees, flowers or plants sit in water for too long they deteriorate from overwatering. During installation of subsurface drains, our excavators dig deep ditches and place pipes far into the ground. In addition, we install collector drains to divert the water from the pipes. Lastly, sump pumps are utilized in the piping to keep the water moving.
Downspout and Gutter
We specialize in gutter systems of all scales for residential or commercial projects. To carry water from the gutter system of one elevated area such as a roof to the ground, downspouts are installed. Generally, they are made of copper, aluminum or steel and play an essential role in any drainage system. Because gutters and downspouts are installed to the exterior of a building or home, professional installation is essential in making sure they will withstand the test of time and move the water from point A to point B successfully.
Water always takes the path of least resistance – that’s why slope drains are so effective. Slope drains can be installed in or above ground. With the aid of pipes positioned in a slope, water follows gravity away from the structure. They usually consist of metal, steel, concrete or plastic and are protected by a sturdy grate to prevent damage from people walking or driving over it, or on the ground above it.
FOUL WATER DRAINAGE
Foul drainage carries the unclean water from toilets, sinks, basins, baths, showers, dishwashers and washing machines. The above-ground pipework is referred to as sanitary pipework; the underground pipework is referred to as foul drains and foul sewers. Foul water drainage systems differ from stormwater ones in that they must be suitably ventilated to prevent gas build up and siphonage. First, we install a ‘trap’ that is designed to separate the water from the gas, and prevents the gasses from entering the room. The water is then lead to a collection chamber which is connected to a series of other pipes for further separation. These systems are intricate, and require a thorough site assessment before getting started on the project. Our trained professionals will walk you through the process, and advise the best course of action for your needs.
We handle a variety of commercial and residential projects of all scales, so we choose our products and materials according to the individual budget of our client. All of our products are up to Canadian code and standards, and during our consultation we will advise what your best options are.
It is difficult to determine how far the water has traveled underground. Cracks may go unsealed for years before the water finally makes it’s way inside but it can be risky to leave unsealed. It is highly recommended to repair the cracked foundation to ensure it is watertight before any damage occurs.
Because driveway drains are more exposed to dirt and debris than the home’s drains, they are more susceptible to plugging. As the dirt and debri builds up, the water drains more and more slowly eventually leading to a complete blockage. Depending on the severity of the problem, a drain servicing appointment may do the trick or a completely updated draining system may be necessary.
Indeed. Drainage systems that are installed to remove moisture buildup from grass and dirt are called ‘curtain drains’ or ‘french drains’. A shallow trench is excavated and filled with drain rock, and piping is installed to enable the allocation of water.
There are many products for interior patch work, but there are some downsides to this method. While patch work will stop the leak, water will still absorb into the foundation from the outside. The interior sealer of the home is a last resort to keep water out, and is only a short term solution. It is highly recommended to waterproof the exterior of the foundation and install a drainage system that actually removes the water. Water cannot be completely kept out of the home’s foundation, but it definitely can be redirected off of the property where it cannot do any damage.
Most drainage systems can be completed in less than two weeks, although the length can vary depending on job size. The cost depends on accessibility for the crew and equipment used, landscape and depth of the trench.
Leaks generally occur in only one area of the piping. This means that the problem can be isolated and fixed without having to replace the whole thing. Once identifying the area of the leak, we continue to test the rest of the drainage system to make sure there aren’t other areas causing problems. If the leak is exclusive to one area of the piping the entire system will not have to be replaced, but if problems are persistent throughout then the best option will be a full replacement.
When drains have began to fail, you may notice dampness in the surrounding areas, a musty smell, and / or a white chalk-like powder called efflorescence on the inside of the foundation. Because basements are finished with drywall and insulation, you may not notice the signs before water leaks into the home. Regular drain inspection and cleaning is the best way to ensure water damage does not occur to the home before it’s too late.
This depends on your home’s landscape and the type of piping that has been installed. Newer PVC drainage systems require less maintenance than older concrete tile systems. We recommend inspecting and cleaning every two to four years.
Dirt and debris can block drainage systems if regular inspection and cleaning does not occur.
If blockages do develop, augering and hydro flushing equipment will generally remove them without a problem. It is important to check the surrounding area of pipes for leakage, and make sure water is flowing properly from point A to point B.
Perimeter drains surround the footings of your home. They remove the rainwater from your roof, gutters and foundation. Drainage systems are a constant source of water, which makes them appealing to many of nature’s elements. This can be damaging for your drains, so it is important to have them inspected periodically for blockages, breaks, and weather damage.
WATER WHERE IT SHOULD BE.
The Valroc showcase gallery has excellent examples of our drainage team in action and their finished work. We pride ourselves on each projects quality and long term value.
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