What Type of Drainage System Is Available for Snowmelt in Washington, Waynesburg, McMurray, and surrounding Pennsylvania areas?

The first snow of the winter reminds us how beautiful winter can be in the. However, just a few snowfalls in, when the snow begins to pile up, some of the magic seems to wear off.

After a few months, we can’t wait for the snow to disappear. When the snow melts, though, it has to go somewhere. Without proper drainage, the water can pool in your yard or seep into your basement, causing unsightly and sometimes costly damage. We are here to help!

If you live in or near Washington, Waynesburg, McMurray, or nearby areas and you think you might have a snowmelt drainage issue, be sure to contact us at to discuss your concerns. Winter is an excellent time of year to examine these problems.

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Signs of Drainage Problems

When the snow melts, and you find mud puddles in your yard, that’s a sure sign of a landscape drainage issue. That issue becomes a much bigger problem when water from melting snow seeps into your house’s basement and damages the foundation.

Fortunately, you should be able to recognize these signs easily:

  • Visible cracks in your basement wall
  • Basement drafts
  • Damp smell
  • Moisture or water in the basement

If you notice any of these issues, be sure to contact us as soon as possible. At Dolan's Outdoor Services, we offer drainage solutions to help get your snowmelt problem under control before it causes severe, costly damage.

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Snowmelt Drainage Solutions

Our experts want to help keep your basement free from standing water and the damage that comes with it. We offer different solutions depending on the specifics of your yard and your aesthetic needs.


Catch Basins and Channel Drains

Catch basins and channel drains work together to move standing water from the snowmelt away from your foundation. We install the catch basin at a spot on your property where water tends to pool. The catch basin, covered by a grate, attaches to a sloping underground drainage pipe that will transport the meltwater a safe distance from your home’s foundation and basement.


Dry Wells

We can install a dry well underground at the lowest level in your yard. Gravity draws water to the dry well. The water enters from the top, collects, and slowly seeps into the soil where it can’t do any damage.


French Drains

Lawn drainage installation at a property in McMurray, PA.

French drains feature a channel with a mild slope. The channel contains a pipe and gravel, which keeps water from collecting near your house. Instead, the mechanism guides water to another spot where it can slowly and safely dissipate.


Downspout Piping

If your yard has sufficient slope, a downspout connected to your home and a piping extension may be an effective method for moving snowmelt away from your foundation.


Dry River Beds

Dry River Beds are both a functional and attractive landscaping feature. We border these stone-filled trenches with plants. This installation will divert snow runoff and allow it to dissipate while serving as an eye-catching addition to your yard.

Whether you want a landscape drainage system that’s above or below ground, decorative or merely functional, we can work with you to choose the most effective solution.


Contact Dolan’s Outdoor Services

If you live in Washington, Waynesburg, or McMurray, Pennsylvania, and you’re worried about potential damage from snowmelt, call us at (724) 350-1351. We can help keep your basement dry!

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