What causes standing water in my yard?

Standing water in your yard can be caused by multiple factors. Poor or inadequate drainage, compacted soil, a high water table, or improperly functioning gutters and downspouts can lead to water accumulation. Other issues include improper yard slope directing water towards your house, heavy rainfall or runoff overwhelming your yard's drainage capacity, blocked or damaged existing drainage systems, and landscape features like poorly designed ponds or inadequately graded flower beds. Identifying the specific cause is crucial to implementing appropriate solutions. Drainage Professional can visit your property and assess your drainage needs.

What are the signs of poor yard drainage?

Signs of poor yard drainage include persistent standing water or puddles, consistently damp or muddy soil, water stains on exterior walls, and areas of soil erosion. Additionally, unhealthy or dying plants, foul odors, increased mosquito activity, and cracked or uneven concrete can all suggest drainage issues. If these signs are present, it's important to consult a professional drainage specialist to diagnose and address the underlying problems, preventing further damage and improving yard drainage.

How can I improve my yard drainage?

Improving yard drainage is essential to prevent water accumulation, soil erosion, and potential property damage. Start by identifying problem areas in your yard after rainfall. Consider installing a French drain to redirect water from problem areas, and ensure gutter downspouts are extended away from your house's foundation. Swales or berms can help channel water, and proper surface grading can facilitate water flow away from the house. Creating rain gardens or installing dry wells in low-lying areas can also aid drainage. Regular maintenance of all drainage systems is key. Drainage Professional can visit your property and create a custom solution.

I don't have enough slope on my property to remove the water that is causing puddling on my property. Do I need a sump pump?

A sump pump, installed in a pit or sump basin, can help manage excess water on properties lacking sufficient slope for natural drainage. The system works by collecting water in a basin connected to the drainage system. A pump equipped with a float switch, placed inside the basin, pumps water out when it reaches a certain level. This water is directed away from the property through a discharge pipe. Sump pump installation and usage require professional setup, an electrical power source, regular maintenance, and potential combination with other drainage solutions. Drainage Professional can help determine if a sump pump is the best solution for your property's specific conditions and water accumulation issues.

Drainage pop-ups vs outlet basins: which one should I choose?

Choosing between drainage pop-ups and outlet basins for managing water drainage on your property involves several factors. Drainage pop-ups are convenient, cost-effective, and low maintenance, but they have a limited capacity and can be prone to clogging. On the other hand, outlet basins handle larger water volumes, are less likely to clog, and offer versatility for various property types, but they're more visible and can be costlier to install. Your choice should depend on your specific needs, budget, and property characteristics. Drainage pop-ups may suit properties with limited water flow and a preference for discretion, whereas outlet basins are ideal for areas anticipating significant drainage or requiring a more robust system.

I have water around the outside of my house, what type of drainage system do I need?

Addressing water pooling around your house is crucial to prevent potential damage to your property. The choice of drainage system depends on your property's conditions and layout. Consider options like a French drain, which is a perforated pipe in a gravel-filled trench that redirects water away from the house. Surface grading involves reshaping the landscape to create a slope directing water away from the house. Downspout extensions can help by directing water from roof gutters away from the foundation. Lastly, a drainage field, a gravel-filled underground pit, can be effective for particularly wet areas by allowing water to gradually percolate into the ground.

My gutter downspouts are draining next to my house and it’s ruining the ground & sidewalks around my house. What drainage options do I have?

Addressing water pooling due to gutter downspouts is crucial to prevent damage to the ground and sidewalks. Consider options like downspout extensions, which are cost-effective additions that direct water away from vulnerable areas. For more significant drainage issues, a French drain can capture and redirect water. Catch basins collect rainwater from gutters for use elsewhere, such as landscaping. Surface grading involves adjusting the landscape's slope to divert water from the house. Evaluating your specific property and drainage needs is essential, and at Drainage Professional we can provide valuable insights and recommend suitable solutions.

How to redirect downspouts away from the house?

Redirecting downspouts is crucial to prevent foundation water damage and enhance yard drainage. At Drainage Professional, we follow methods designed to protect your property. First, we evaluate the current downspout placement and plan a redirection to a safe discharge area. Then, we gather necessary materials including downspout extensions, brackets, and cutting tools. We then disconnect the existing downspout and measure the needed extension length before cutting. Finally, we attach the extension using connectors and secure the downspout to the house with brackets. After the redirection, we will test and adjust the flow with a garden hose. We will comply with local building codes during the process and consider aesthetic enhancements, like decorative rock beds, around the discharge area.

How to prevent erosion in my yard?

Preventing yard erosion involves establishing vegetation, mulching, building retaining walls, and contouring land. Plant grass, ground covers, and native plants to bind the soil and reduce runoff. Mulch helps retain moisture and reduce runoff. Construct terraces or retaining walls in sloped areas to hold back soil and redirect water. Contour your land to slow down water flow and encourage soil infiltration. Consider installing rain gardens for absorbing excess water. Use erosion control blankets or mats for areas with severe erosion. Lastly, ensure proper drainage systems, limit soil disturbance, and maintain gutters and downspouts.