Landscaping Troubles: Dealing With Drainage Issues

If your landscape is not designed with an effective drainage system, you could find yourself dealing with puddles in the middle of your lawn, drowning plants, and even water backing up into your home. Thankfully, while there problems may appear severe, they can often be fixed relatively easily. Below you will learn more about a few of the most common landscape draining issues and what can be done to repair them.

Flooding In Your Basement

If you are experiencing excess moisture in your basement or in the crawl space under your home, there is a good chance that the slop of your landscape is pushing water towards your home rather than away from it. If this problem is not corrected quickly, it can result in serious water damage and may even cause cracks in your home's foundation. Thankfully, the process of repairing this issue is not as difficult as many homeowners think.

Begin by building up the soil around your home's foundation. You will want the soil closest to your home to be higher than all of the surrounding soil. As you move further from your home, slowly start to decrease the slope of the soil. Finally, even out the slop in an area of your property that allows for proper drainage, such as near a sewer drain.

If you have completed these steps correctly, water should now be flowing away from your home rather than towards it.

Water Flowing From Neighboring Yards

If you neighbor has recently redone their landscape, they could be pushing water in the direction of your home without even realizing it. This is because many people only consider their own property when designing a drainage system for their landscape.

If you find that water is flowing from the neighbor's yard into your own, you may want to consider the use of a french drain that allows from the proper drainage of water from both yards through an underground pipe which leads to the closest sewer drain. Not only is this type of drainage system extremely effective, but it can also prove very affordable if you can convince you neighbor to help split the cost of installing the new drainage system.

A Final Thought

Proper drainage is an important part of protecting your plants, lawn and home. If you find that you are unable to quickly resolve the drainage problems in your landscape on your own, do not wait to enlist the help of a qualified landscaping contractor. This is extremely important as every day you put off this important task is another day that your home or plants could be severely damaged by misdirected water.