Ground Water Springs

The mystery of ground water springs has been solved. Studies show that as the upper layers of the earth's surface become saturated with water, commonly called a high water table, the underground water will mimic the unaltered contour of the ground surface.

Do You Have an Underground Spring?

The first question to ask is, "what is a spring?"

I know some parts of the country have ground water springs from an underground water source. These are usually the result of an underground aquifer in which the recharge water of the spring water table is established at a higher elevation than the water outlet. The water finds a n outlet point to gush from  the ground, much like an opened fire hydrant.

This type of spring is usually confused with water seepage from the ground as a result of a high water table during rainy periods. The ground gets saturated with water and the water table rises to an elevation that water is released from the ground. This will keep the ground surface wet and soggy for days.


Or is it Ground Water Seepage?

Seepage is a term which refers to water being discharged from the ground with small flow rates in which the source of the water has filtered into the earth's surface. Usually at a higher elevation.

Factors which affect the flow of the water from the ground is the size of the area in which groundwater is captured. This is often called the drainage basin.

The amount of precipitation during the preceding months should be taken into consideration. An excessive amount of rain will cause the water table to rise. Water seeks the path of least resistance and given the opportunity to seep through the ground surface, the water will saturate the water and even cause damage to the lawn.

Reasons for Wet Yards

I receive many calls about wet yards and ground water springs. Homeowners sometimes assume a spring has formed in their back yard. They become alarmed of the wet condition of their yard.

There are many reasons a yard will become soggy and wet.

  • First, the ground water can be redirected by construction. Construction projects with deep underground foundations can cause underground water to flow in a slightly different direction. The additional water may cause the ground water to seep through the ground surface.
  • Second, a long rainy season will cause the water table to rise. The elevation of the top of the water table may be more than in the past and will flow down gradient and surface.
  • Third, I suggest looking around. You might find water coming from your neighbor's property. A landscaping project which regrades the yard could be the cause of the additional water to your yard. If the neighbor adds gutter and downspouts, the water will be collected and release as point discharge from the gutters. These may be directed toward your property.
  • Finally, after 4 attempts of county personnel and plumbers, a homeowner called us to help locate the source of "groundwater" causing their yard to stay wet. A little search revealed it to be the neighbor water hose running. The neighbors had been gone for 2 months and had left the water hose on. The water flowed downhill to our client's property.

How do You Solve Ground Water Springs and Wet Yard Problems?

If you have researched all that you know to do, call a hydrologist. Don't call the county or the city unless the problem is in the street. Rarely, will public officials work on private property.

A Professional Hydrologist is trained in surface and underground water issues. Usually a hydrologist can inspect the property and determine the source of the problem. The hydrologist can prepare for you a plan to solve your ground water spring or seepage problem. Hydrologist are not in the construction business and are not there to sell you a construction project. They are problem solvers.

Hydrologist and Atlanta Engineering Services

We have hydrologist on our staff. They have worked hundreds of ground water spring and seepage problems. They are extremely experienced in solving ground water problems.

Our hydrologist will visit your property, inspect the water issues and make recommendations for solving the seepage problem. This will then be following up with a written report which you can implement or give to a contractor to implement.


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