Drainage problems usually begin to appear as small puddles and wet spots, and can be caused by a variety of factors. These include the slope of your yard, your gutter’s downspout, front walkways that block proper drainage, or water erosion. Luckily, there are tons of drainage solutions that you can do yourself quite simply and inexpensively. Below, we’ll discuss innovative options that will help you tackle drainage issues.
- Reconsider Watering Schedule
You could be over watering your garden or yard, leading to improper drainage. If you scale back your watering for a few days and see an improvement, your drainage just wasn’t able to keep pace with your previous schedule. Sprinkler systems can easily be adjusted to operate at longer intervals.
- Check the Gutters
The downspout of the gutter could be causing your problem. The first thing to check is if there’s a blockage in the gutter itself – this leads to overflow and excess runoff. Next, try extending the downspout away from the side of your house, although you’ll want to ensure that you’re sending the runoff into a storm drain or other source rather than your neighbor’s property.
- Dig a Creek
If a downspout extension isn’t working you can dig a long shallow trench and fill it with gravel. This is essentially a slide for runoff.
- Evaluate Driveway Drainage
Experts recommend accounting for slope and placement in order to ensure that your property has effective drainage. For homes that are below street level, a trench drain is often necessary – these are long and run the entire width of the driveway. If your driveway is sandwiched between two downward slopes, you’ll opt for a swale that allows storm-water to make its way back to the groundwater. The most popular driveway drainage solutions are permeable pavement driveways; these surfaces reduce runoff and protect you from flooding and can handle considerable driveway traffic.
- Build a Rain Garden
A rain garden is positioned in a particularly low spot in your yard and is designed to house water-loving plants. This is a much more aesthetically pleasing option than a muddy wet spot in the yard and reduces runoff and lawn chemicals.
- An Underground Drainage Pipe
If you have an area that’s positioned lower than the inlet, you can install an underground drainage pipe by digging a slowly sloping trench from the source to a catch basin.
- A Dry Well
This is no more intricate than a large hole with gravel that catches excess runoff water and holds it while it socks back into the ground.
Proper attention to your property’s drainage will ensure that your lawn always looks aesthetically pleasing as well as that you aren’t faced with problems such as a flooded basement due to soggy patches too close to the home. Many of these solutions can be implemented quite simply and inexpensively and will save you in the long run.
Skylar Ross is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. He is a blogger and content writer for the residential and commercial flooring industry. Skylar is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and manufacturers discover materials and methods of installation that increase property value, improve durability, and discover innovative flooring options for their home or commercial space.
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