Common Causes of a Persistent Wet Yard

Author: Touré Foster

Posted in: Drainage

Property with persistent wet yard

Do you have ground on your property that is always soggy or has standing water, regardless of weather? Today we’re going to talk about possible sources for water on your property that persists for months or are always present. These causes are broken into three major categories:

  • Man made issues
  • Underground spring
  • Type of soil

All three of these issues require different solutions, including excavation, landscaping, and grading.

Standing Water Due to Leaking Pipes

In an urban environment, the sudden start of standing water that last for weeks and months is most likely from a leaking pipe buried under the area. If you are on a city water line, check to see if your city or county adds fluoride to the water. If so, ask if they are willing to check the water for fluoride (or use a private lab): if it does come back positive, you’ve got a leaking pipe. Another option is to shut off the main water valve to your property and check your meter: if it’s still running, you probably have a leak. Repairs may include both an excavation company as well as plumber, depending on the nature of the leak (main water, sprinkler, etc.).

Natural Spring on Your Property

On larger properties away from your pipes, a natural filtration or seepage spring might be to blame for your persistent wet yard as the spring forms water ground or standing water depending on seepage rates and ground soil. Two common factors that many springs have is their occurrence on a knoll or hill, and the presence of marine or “quick” clay in the area.

If you live near forested areas, your spring could be a source of clean water for the local wildlife. Instead of trying to remove it, look at using landscaping to contain the spring and turn it into a water feature for your property. Grading and planting not only improve the area’s appearance, but also act as a marker to avoid the water hazard.

High Groundwater Due to Soil Type

Especially during wintertime, if you have standing groundwater, it may be due to one of two reasons:

  • You’re in a lowland area near a stream or floodplain, or
  • The soil has a dense impermeable layer.

If the former, before you think about removing it, check to make sure your area is not a protected wetland or watershed area. If you’re not in such an area, it could be due to your soil. Many counties keep track of the soil types as part of a soil map, which can give your more information. Local agencies and private contractors can also usually take and process soil samples.

If you’re in the New England area and want help with your standing water or persistent wet yard, you need to contact New England Enterprises. We’re experts in excavation with the equipment and the experience needed to handle any excavation, drainage, and grading you might have. We provide in-depth consultations to find the source of your problem, along with a plan to fix it: request yours today.