Prevent Yard Drainage Issues by Planning Ahead

Prevent Yard Drainage Issues by Planning Ahead

Before we get into some of the ways you can prevent yard drainage issues, let’s briefly discuss why poor drainage can be a problem. 

If you’ve done something to your property that has altered the soil around your home e.g., renovation, landscape construction, etc., you could have inadvertently changed the natural flow of runoff water. Did you know you’re legally responsible if this water causes damages to a neighbor’s property? This is an extreme example, but a potential issue that could happen. 

Poor drainage can also cause damage to your home and yard. It can cause soil erosion, which leads to foundation issues. And excess water can kill plants by drowning them. Finally, standing water is the perfect place for mosquito larvae to thrive. So, poor drainage can also increase the mosquito population in your yard!

Although some yard drainage issues may be simple to solve yourself, you may need expert help and advice to tackle the more complex problems.

1. Be on the Look Out for Potential Issues 

First and foremost, it’s important to take the time and observe your yard after it rains. That’s the best time to see evidence of drainage problems. For example, if there’s a large puddle in a low spot in your yard after rain, that’s a tell-tale sign that you have drainage issues.

2. Ensure Drainage Slopes Away from the Foundation 

To prevent problems with your foundation, it’s critical for the drainage to slope away from your home’s foundation. Check the sides of your house to make sure that plantings, mulch, gravel, or soil aren’t preventing water flow away from the house. 

3. Check for Obstruction to Drainage Routes

Blocked drainage routes are easy to identify and fix. Make sure to check that those routes aren’t obstructed by raised gardens or swing sets, planters, tree roots, etc. to keep water run-off flowing. 

4. Examine Downspouts to Make Sure They’re Working Correctly

Roof water must drain far enough away from your house to minimize erosion. Therefore, gutters and downspouts should extend beyond raised beds or any below-grade areas to a low area of your yard. It’s important to inspect gutters and downspouts regularly to keep them debris-free. This is especially important in autumn when significant numbers of leaves are falling daily. 

5. Try Water Harvesting

Water harvesting is when you install a storage well or water barrel below grade. It works by collecting the runoff water from your roof. The benefit to this technique is that you can use the runoff to water your yard, garden, and plants!

If your home has yard drainage issues, you need to take care of it so damage to your property is minimal. You may not have issues now, but if the problems persist, you could have them in the future. So, plan ahead and follow these steps to prevent drainage issues in your yard. And if you need an expert in landscape grading and drainage solutions, give New England Enterprises a call.