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Shawn Villalpando Owner of Gate City Foundation Drainage

Shawn obtained a Master's Degree in Biology/Environmental Science from Appalachian State University in 2007. With a true passion for helping others, he proceeded to become a collegiate level educator of Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Environmental Science for roughly twelve years.

Throughout his youth (and to primarily pay his way through college), Shawn thoroughly enjoyed buying, repairing, and selling Saturn vehicles. With a knack for fixing things, he decided to venture into larger renovation projects on the side during his years of teaching. In 2019, after successfully creating drainage solutions for multiple rental properties, he began Gate City Foundation Drainage.


During the course of his earlier career to present day, he has created and shared online videos of his drainage work- all in an effort to help others. Shawn's transparency, and honest work ethic is highly admired and has rewarded him with a loyal YouTube audience. During his down time, he enjoys traveling the country to ride his mountain bike and scuba diving for Megalodon teeth.

Shawn's education and love for science plays a huge role in GCFD's ability to see the bigger picture, and to know how certain geographical areas/soils will successfully drain.

We do quality work using quality materials.

Most issues with water under the crawl space or around the foundation are due to an improper slope that is necessary to drain the water away. Instead of dealing with water already under or around the foundation, we carry it away before it has a chance to infiltrate.

We only use solid 4" PVC pipe instead of black corrugated pipe for all of our drainage solutions.  Why?  Corrugated pipe resembles a vacuum hose and easily clogs and is likely to crush after a few years leaving it useless to drain water away from your home or yard.  All of our drain clean-out jobs involve corrugated pipe that others installed so we see first-hand the issues with corrugated solutions.

Our solution is to catch gutters directly into 4" PVC pipe that is then buried and piped away from the foundation. A combination of gravel and perforated PVC pipe, also known as a "French Drain", can also be used to collect water in low places or to act as a barrier that collects and transports water away. 

If you have a flooded basement or crawlspace we can pump it out for you and consult on solving the water intrusion problem.

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