Pooling water in your yard can lead to so many problems, from esthetic issues to plant loss and dangerous mold growth. Areas that are too wet don’t allow you to mow over and mud can be extremely annoying. Even worse, the water may find its way to the basement and start leaking inside. Read below to see the options to fix this situation.
- Inspect all elements
If there’s a leak somewhere, it must be stopped. The first logical step in eliminating water is to check pipes for cracks or loose fittings and clogged drains. If you’re unable to fix such issues on your own, you should call a local contractor. The drainage system is best inspected by an expert. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may either opt for pipe patching or for replacing.
Pipe relining services can restore sewer pipes, roof drains and so on in a professional manner and with a minimum impact. Residents won’t have to relocate during the process and the mess is minimal.
- Do a bit of landscaping
Sometimes, when there is no way to act against the cause of the excessive water, landscaping will fix the issue. You can create a small trench or dig a pit which will gather the water. Thus, you will be protecting the yard areas that don’t do well with so much water.
- Make a drainage plan
This is a good strategy for a soggy garden. Determine the high and low spots in your yard make a drawing and then figure out the water flow from the high spots to the low ones. Once you have this picture, you can figure out how to make modifications so the water can be drained somewhere. You may have to contact local authorities if you need to connect to the public sewer.
- Creek beds for drainage problems
This highly esthetic solution collects surface water from the highest points and directs it over a bed of rocks towards a sewer or another low point, like a highly absorbing garden. Creek beds can be made with boulders, stones and gravel. Don’t forget to add greenery, too. Where the water stream stops, should there be no draining solution, opt for planting a small garden to absorb the moisture. Choose water loving plants and combine this with a drainage system if you feel it’s needed.
- Drainpipes and French drains
Both solutions should be installed by plumbers and home improvement professionals. French drains are versatile and solve a vast range of drainage issues. These employ a perforated pipe, meant to distribute water underground to a large area. There is no need for an outlet as long as the water can be easily absorbed into the soil, without bad consequences. Drainpipes collect water from a low spot, go underground and resurface in a different location, where the water can be dispersed safely. The pipe should go downhill in order for this to work.
- Dry wells
It isn’t difficult to make a dry well. Make a hole and fill it with gravel. This will catch the excess water, which will be slowly absorbed into the ground. You can actually buy a barrel to place inside the hole – a special kind that’s made of plastic and leaves enough room for the water to be absorbed into the soil.