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Sometimes landscaping and DIY improvements simply aren’t enough to deal with the heavy spring runoff we get here in Nashville. In today’s blog post, we’re sharing five of the water solutions we offer: downspout extensions, French drains, catch basins, drainage swales, and waterproofing. Enacting these water solutions can be the difference between a dry basement and an expensive foundation repair. Continue reading to learn more, and if you’d like a free quote on a water solution for your home, contact A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair.

Downspout Extensions

Downspout extensions are a relatively inexpensive way to protect your foundation. Too often, our team is driving around Nashville and noticing that homes have subpar downspout extensions or extensions that are too close to home. Downspout extensions keep the water a safe distance from your home and protect your foundation. Our team would be more than happy to come by your home to take a look at your current drainage system and let you know whether you could benefit from downspout extensions.

French Drains

A french drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock that contains a perforated pipe that directs water away from your home’s foundation. French drains are a great choice because they have no moving parts and, once installed, are unlikely to stop working or need repairs. We have more than 30 years of experience with drainage systems and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about French drains.

Catch Basins

Standing water is hazardous, and catch basins can be an effective solution. Catch basins collect and transport excess water to local waterways through an underground drainage system, which means that once they’re installed, you don’t have to do a thing! We can create a concrete catch basin, storm drain catch basin, or another drainage solution for you.

Drainage Swales

A drainage swale follows the contours of a natural or created slope and redirects stormwater and runoff by filtering it as it sinks into the soil. The water keeps moving, rather than staying in a single spot, as with a rain garden or basin. They’re useful when you want your drainage system to be subtle, as they look like a gentle, natural carnage stream. 


We offer exterior basement waterproofing, which helps reduce the chances of a leaky basement. Interior waterproofing doesn’t keep water out of your basement walls, just out of your basement’s interior. A wet basement can lead to serious structural damage and the need for foundation repair, and waterproofing can help prevent that from happening. 

Foundation Repair Experts – Nashville

Whatever water solution you choose, our team is here to help! When you hire A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair, you can trust that we’ll get the job done right, and within budget. Along with new water solutions, we also specialize in foundation repair and concrete leveling. 

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