Have you spotted wet low areas in your yard or damp spots in your basement this fall? Your property could be experiencing drainage problems, and it’s important to solve these issues before winter weather rolls around. After all, snow means water. As frozen precipitation melts, drainage problems will only become further exacerbated. Water that doesn’t drain properly can cause water damage to your property and contribute to the growth of mold.
Consequences of Water Problems
Water that seeps into your house can be devastating, but standing water in the yard due to improper runoff can also create unattractive muddy areas, cause slips and falls, and serve as a magnet for insects and pests. Runoff on properties that don’t drain water properly can lead to erosion and damage landscaping features such as walkways, driveways, or hardscapes. Most of these problems can be solved with an effective drainage solution. The type of solution your property needs will depend upon the reason for the issue and several other characteristics of your property.
Common Drainage Solutions
French drains are one of the most common fixes for drainage issues. A french drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock and a perforated pipe that will redirect surface water away from your property. Another common solution involves correcting your yard’s grade.
Sometimes builders won’t pay attention to how they grade as they build a new home, which will leave water flowing right into your basement when it rains. A simple grading correction will adjust the slope of your yard to a level that will move ground water away from your home instead of towards it.
A retaining wall can also be hardscaped into your landscape to hold back soil where there are drastic changes in elevation. This will help control erosion and divert water to other areas of your landscape. A rain garden can also be planted in the path of runoff to naturally soak water.
Drainage Solutions from Edward’s Lawn & Home
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