A well-designed yard drainage system is priority to prevent water collecting, which could undermine your structure or drown your plants. The main difference between a healthy-looking yard, and a wet swamp, can rely entirely on the shoulders of a expert, or poorly trained landscape architect. Beginners tend to completely overlook the grading and drainage in a yard, causing major problems down the line.
What kinds of problems can a poorly drained yard cause?
Aside from the aforementioned structural damage, water intrusion can be an annoying problem to your unfinished basement. While it’ll only be a nuisance to the unfinished basement, it can cause devastating damage to a finished basement and any furnishings in it. Having interior leaks can lead to mold, mildew and humidity problems throughout your home.
When the water pools up and is among the plants in your lawn, it can become an eyesore and keep you and your family from fully enjoying your yard. Turf grass, trees, and shrubs are susceptible to root rot. While soggy grass and soil is a huge bummer, having to replace the grass, plants and tress in your yard because of constant flooding can become a major dilemma.
Ever slap a mosquito? Well those small amounts of water in your yard are a perfect place to breed them! With pooling from frequent rain, you’ll never be able to mitigate a mosquito infestation.
If you have plants near the edge of your home, it can create a basin for water. A good idea is to extend the downspouts so rain water will be diverted to farther away from the collection point of the plants closer to your home. Before you start tearing up your yard with trenches, or other drastic actions to get rid of wet spots, take a step back and check out the entire situation to see where the water is coming from. Are your downspouts extended far enough away from the low spots in your yard? Is your sump pump drain point discharging into a low area? Something as simple as redirecting your downspout, or changing the discharge pipe from your sump pump drain to a different location may all be that’s needed.
If an easy fix didn’t take care of your wet yard dilemma, you’ll need to take another approach. Start by drawing up a sketch of your yard depicting your house, driveway, patios, and other features. Figure out where the high and low spots are in your drawing. Next, draw arrows to show how water flows and note down where the water pools. Be careful you aren’t directing the flow of water onto your neighbor’s property! Try to discharge your water into the street or municipal storm drain after having a chat with your city to see if there are any regulations regarding this. Be sure to show them your sketch. Having the drawing will help you follow a strategy best for your situation.
Probably the best way to move water around your yard from low spots is to drain it away through underground drainage pipes. The underground pipe should slope downhill so it will successfully move the water to the point of discharge. To create this drain, you’ll need to dig the gradually sloping trench from the source of the standing water, to the point of discharge. There are many varying pieces involved when using a drainage pipe. Use can use perforated pipes, solid pipes, catch basins, and French drains.
No matter how you tackle your yard drainage issue, make sure to take it seriously. The damage caused from a poorly drained yard can become an expensive headache. If all else fails, contact our professional drainage team that knows how to properly asses and design a drainage solution for your specific situation.
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