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For this project we faced an interesting problem. This is the lowest spot in the neighborhood. With out crossing a road or 800' on other people's property there was no getting the water to drain away. A very cost effective solution for this is to make the low spot a little lower, plant plants that love the wetness, pipe all the downspout water to it and watch the magic happen. With in a week the yard was completely dry and the investor was able to sell his house to happy family with a dry back yard.
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2015-06-10
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A few weeks ago we helped out a client with this drainage solution. The problem is that his driveway is the lowest spot around. We did some rainwater calculations and a percolation test to arrive at how big this infiltration tank needed to be.  Here you see what we lovingly refer to as "The Worlds Largest French Drain". It is a 1400 gallon traffic rates perforated pipe wrapped in sediment shield and packed in gravel. With the chert in his yard it should be able to hold a 3" rain event and infiltrate that water into the earth in one week.
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2015-06-10
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In November Higher Ground partnered with the City of Chattanooga's Water Quality department to create a rain garden work shop under the leadership of Wyn Miller. We came in a week before and, with the water quality department, did all the heavy lifting. excavated the rain garden site and connected it to the downspouts with PVC pipes. The next weekend we invited the public to come learn about our work. By the time it was all over they were able to design a rain garden and our had been planted and mulched. This was as great example of a public/private sector collaboration.
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2015-03-03
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Its awesome when the green way is also the most functional and cost effective way. Here the problem was a low spot in a parking lot that was causing a massive puddle every time that it rained. We had to create a place lower than this spot to drain the water to. We excavated a 20' x 15' rain garden complete with new sandy top soil and hydrophillic plants to help evaporate the water. The problem was solved and the folks at the city storm water management department are happy with this elegant solution.
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2015-03-02
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What makes Higher Ground special? We do it all. From the peak of the roof to the end of the drain line, if it touches rainwater, we install and maintain it. Here we had to replace some rotted wood before we could replace the gutters, we did the demolition, the construction, the painting the gutters and the PVC drain line to carry the water away from the foundation. The advantage: one designer, one builder and zero head aches.
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This is a great example of galvanized steel gutters rusting out. When steel gutters hold water due to clogs they will rust over a period of ten to twenty years. If you are seeing any signs of rust it is time to replace the gutters. If you have older steel gutter please consider upgrading to aluminum gutters today.
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By suspending snow and ice, snow breaks allow frozen precipitation to melt safely, without dangerous movement. Ask about our snow break installation service to prevent future damage caused by snow.
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2015-03-02
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I hope that everyone has enjoyed the last couple of snow days. Let's hope that the winter weather is coming to a close. Freezing temperatures, harsh winter winds and heavy snow can wreak havoc on your roof and gutters. Once the snow melts, please consider having Higher Ground out to perform a roof and gutter inspection in order to prevent potential damage, causing water infiltration. Do not wait until water is coming in though the ceiling!
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2015-03-02
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Rain gardens are great ways to deal with unwanted storm water. They also help the environment and help you meet new storm water best management practice requirements in Chattanooga, TN.
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2015-03-02
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