13 Apr 2017

Yard Drainage

A well-drained yard is the perfect addition to complement the aesthetic appeal of your property. It not only makes the property look glamorous but also adds value to your home.

Problems of a Flooded Yard

There are myriad problems associated with poor yard drainage including:

  1. Structural damage – Lateral water pressure eventually causes cracks on foundation walls. When water seeps through the foundation walls, the structural integrity of the entire house is compromised. Metal and wood supports are damaged by presence of water and high levels of moisture.
  2. High cost of landscape maintenance – You will have to invest a lot of money in managing your landscape. During heavy rains and storms, your yard will always need repairs and this sets you back financially.
  3. Vermin – Mosquitoes thrive in wet conditions, and other animals including rodents and termites will also be drawn to the moist conditions around your house. Termites cause costly damage to wood structures while other vermin also cause different levels of damage around the house.
  4. Plant and flower damage – Your beautiful flowers and trees which are not adapted to flooding will ultimately die and this ruins the aesthetic appeal of your yard.

There are many sources of yard water problems including downspout water, runoff water on patio/deck, water on driveway and standing water next to the foundation. All these pose a great risk to your family and the property.

Ideas for Better Yard Drainage

There are many other problems associated with a flooded yard which makes it critical to call in an experienced contractor to handle the project.  While many homeowners are using DIY projects for home improvement, it is highly recommendable to hire a qualified contractor.

These contractors have the equipment and skills for effective yard drainage. More importantly, they understand any code requirements to ensure the project adheres to the local building laws.

Below are some ideas your contractor can use to bring your yard back to its former glory:

  1. Identify the water problem – The source of water could be a leaking pipe or poor surface drainage among other issues and this must first be treated before any drainage system is installed.
  2. Construction of a creek bed – This directs water from a low spot.
  3. Installing a rain garden – This involves draining water through an underground pipe.
  4. French drain installation – A sloping perforated pipe buried on the ground is used to drive surface water away from your yard.
  5. Dry well – This is a holding tank for excess water.

There are many other ideas to improve yard drainage and your contractor will help you find the most suitable.