Without proper yard drainage, residential properties become subject to pools of stagnant water that attract mosquitoes and other insects. Flowers, plants, and shrubs can also grow waterlogged and wilted, and saturated properties may create slip and fall hazards. Here, learn about some of the most common reasons for poor yard drainage to see if any apply to your property.
What’s Causing Your Yard Drainage Problems?
1. Faulty Grading
Sufficient grading means the soil on your property slopes downward and away from the house. Otherwise, the foundation can accumulate rainwater and start to crack from freeze-thaw cycles. Too much water around a home will also eventually damage the interior, including the floors and drywall, by promoting mold growth and additional structural damage. Grading with native soil typically solves these issues but, depending on your property’s design, you may need extra measures, such as French drains.
2. Clogged Gutters
Gutters require cleaning at least twice a year to prevent water from pooling around the foundation and possibly flowing into the basement. Water can also back up under roofing shingles and drench garden beds, resulting in yellow, wilted plants. If the garden beds aren't designed with yard drainage in mind, they can also prevent water from flowing away from the property. Homes in wooded areas typically require gutter cleaning and garden bed grading three to four times annually to avoid these problems.
3. Downspout Issues
Correct downspout positioning prevents water from draining too close to the home instead of into a storm drain. Downspout issues can also cause water pooling in garden beds and on paved surfaces, resulting in waterlogged plants and cracking, respectively. Regular downspout inspections that include checking for clogs keeps the component functional.
4. Yard Traps
Any depressions or other low-lying areas on your property can become water traps. Backfilling can solve depression problems, as can creek bed, French drain, and rainwater garden installations. All of these methods will help you avoid soggy, grass-killing stagnant pools that invite insect infestations.
5. Impacted Soil
Parked vehicles, foot traffic, and heavy lawn furniture and ornaments are among the most common reasons for impacted soil. Compacted lawns allow rainwater to pool or drain into nearby waterways instead of undergoing natural filtration through the soil. Core aeration services ensure proper yard drainage, as does keeping cars in the driveway, street, or garage. Also, move lawn furniture and any other heavy objects regularly to prevent further soil compaction.
If you need water flow solutions, contact the yard drainage experts at Columbia Tree & Lawn Service. Serving Howard, Carroll, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Montgomery counties for over 40 years, this family-owned company bests any competitor’s written estimate by 10%. Call (410) 740-5444 today to schedule a free estimate, or visit the company online to learn more about their water flow solutions. You can also get more yard maintenance tips on Facebook.