Seattle Rockeries' plans include solutions for draining foundations, paved surfaces, water traps, and gutter downspouts. Geotechnical engineers and landscape drainage professionals diagnose your water table, terrain, and soil compositions. Signs of drainage issues include standing water, soggy grass, bare roots, dead grass, mosquitoes, and other swamp creatures. Create a drainage plan to fix dangerous soil saturation levels on your property that affect the health and well being of your family.
Drainage problems destroy the property value of Seattle homes every day. When water collects around structures it destroys interior finishes, drywall, wood flooring, and contributes to foundation failure. Heavy rain and flooding around your foundation can cause soil erosion and landslides.
Download the Rain Garden App first. "Rain Garden" is a FREE app designed to help you properly install a rain garden at your home, office, or job site. Through video tutorials, diagrams, text, and tools, the App guides you through determining the size and placement of your garden, selecting plants, digging and planting your garden, and maintaining your garden. It also includes tools for determining your soil type, measuring the size of the area that will drain to your garden, and managing multiple rain garden projects.
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Funding for national expansion of this app was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture, project #CONS2013-05768.
When living in Seattle, you can always count on rain. Seattle Rockeries does the drainage planning for you so you can enjoy your hardscape and outdoor living spaces. Surface runoff from your roof, gutter, or driveway becomes groundwater quickly. Standing water and saturated soil is a leading cause of damage to foundations and homes.
Drainage plans are developed by geotechnical engineers, construction technicians, landscape designers, and homeowners. Seattle Rockeries drainage plans include grading, excavation, drain pipe installation, filtering, and disposal systems. We specialize in constructing retaining walls, rockeries, rain gardens, swales, and drainage excavation. Rockeries' drainage plans include gutter downspout diversion methods to remove stormwater from your foundation and into a suitable outlet. Homes located at the bottom of hills and large slopes often require drain boxes, dry wells, french drains, water channels or catch basins.
Seattle Rockeries protects Puget Sound's water quality by building rockeries and rain gardens. A rockery or rain garden is a shallow area filled with wetland vegetation designed to store and treat stormwater runoff before it reaches Seattle sewer systems. Rockeries and rain gardens act as collection areas for rainwater during Seattle storms and allowing it to soak into the ground rather than into the local water system.
Rockeries and water gardens should be installed perpendicular to the slope of your yard at the lowest area. Rockeries should be located in full or partial sunlight to assist drainage and evaporation. Water gardens are not meant to form ponds they are meant to seep into the soil.
City of Seattle RainWise Rebate Program
The City of Seattle is encouraging residents to reduce stormwater runoff through its RainWise Program. If you live in an area known for “combined sewer overflows”, you may be eligible for rebates when you hire a trained RainWise contractors to install a rain garden or cistern on your Seattle property.
If you qualify, the City of Seattle will pay up to 100% of the cost of installing rain gardens and cisterns, based on how many square feet of roof runoff is controlled. For more information about the RainWise program and to find out if you qualify, visit the following links:
- Check your eligibility for a “rainwise” rebate
- Find out if building a rain garden is right for you (PDF)
- Join the group Rain Gardens in Puget Sound
- Attend a rainwise event
Rain Garden Ideas
View RainWise installations in Seattle with online these virtual tours.
Dry creek beds look natural and create beautiful landscape features that need little maintenance. Dry Creek beds are used on slopes or low spots on your property where excess water flows or collects. A dry creek bed or arroyo is a shallow trench lined with landscape fabric and filled with stone, gravel, and boulders. During Seattle storms, excess surface water is channeled down the creek bed into collection areas or water systems.
Swales are shallow, open, parabolic graded drainage ditches that are engineered to collect and divert surface water from your landscape. Swales are usually filled with flood-tolerant, erosion-resistant plants, crushed rock or gravel. Seattle Rockeries builds swales to accommodate Seattle weather including rain and stormwater.
Swales act as filters that control the drainage of stormwater to filter pollutants from entering local water systems. Check-dams can be used to filter debris and sediment. Water collected in a swale should be expected to drain away through the soil within several hours or days. Seattle Rockeries builds redundant swells with overflow protection measures to protect your property.