Yard drainage problems are a fairly common problem. Homeowners may see patches of standing water or experience leaks in their basement.
One of the initial signs of a water drainage problem is visible pools of water after it rains.
If things are draining as they should, the soil will absorb most of the water and the slope of the yard will carry excess water away from the house.
If you see puddles of water in your yard, it is likely that you will see them in low spots or in places where the soil is too compacted.
Compact soil is especially common with clay soil.
A few solutions to standing water issues include:
- Install a French drain, a catch basin or a swale to direct water away from the area.
- Loosen compact soil with a cultivator and mix in high quality topsoil. If rains are washing away the topsoil, you may need to mulch the area to allow the area to dry out and stabilize. This can take several months to a year.
- Creating a rain garden can be the perfect solution if you have places that are soggy even when there hasn’t been recent rain. This may mean that you have underground springs that are flooding your yard. By excavating and filling in these areas with a mixture of soil and gravel, you can create a low maintenance garden with plants that thrive in water.
A yard with water drainage issues can be a nuisance but can also cause more serious problems.
Muddy areas lead to dirt in the house, standing water attracts mosquitos and over time, and if the water is close to the house, it can even cause issues with the foundation of the home.
If you require assistance, the professional landscapers at Forest Cat Pools and Landscape can help.
Call 267-608-0882 for a consultation or visit www.forestcat.us.