Drainage plans are an essential part of anyone’s landscape.You have to know how to distribute your water so that it doesn’t cause problems both in the garden and your home. Otherwise, it could seriously damage your property. These are some of the most common landscape drainage problems and how you can solve them.
Poor Grading Around Your Home
A common issue people have is that water gathering around their home or yard. This can become a problem for many reasons:
- It can actually break down your block or brick foundation (if you have one)
- It can come through the block, doors or windows and damage your belongings
- It can be absorbed by drywall, plaster, paneling, and insulation and can cause mold to form in and behind them. All while you are completely unaware.
To resolve this problem, have a professional come out and take a look. You may need to regrade around your house so to assure the water runs away, and not towards,
- You will also want to see what is causing the settling. If it is close to the house, it could be gutters overflowing, animals, or tree roots. If it’s out in the yard, it could be a stump rotting underground, and old septic tank collapsing or just erosion. Make sure to look at all of these things.
Plant Bed and Hardscape Designs
When you are preparing to install a garden bed or hardscape,you need to think about drainage. If water runs into the area, maybe consider reconfiguring the bed OR hardscape to assure that it does not impede drainage. If you can’t make an adjustment, consider using a dry river bed through a planting bed to help guide the water. Otherwise,your design may hinder water flow and cause drainage problems.
As a result, your plants and/or grass could die and your yard could become a mosquito breeding ground.
Work with a landscape contractor to figure out the ideal bed and hardscape configuration so that water will move efficiently where it needs to go.
Gutters and Downspouts
One of the other common drainage issues are gutters and downspouts. Downspouts that empty into planting beds can oversaturate plants, wash mulch away and dump water next to the foundation. It is best to extend downspouts out, away from the house, underground. Solid PVC or S&D (Sewer and Drain) pipe is the best pipe for the job. Corrugated black pipe can get kinked, collect junk or just break.
Gutters that are bent, full or sagging can cause issues as well. It is best to check both the gutters and downspouts to make sure they are working properly.
Work with a professional to find an ideal place for your downspouts to empty and the proper way to do so. This can mean exiting in the yard, woods or even a drywell.
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