It’s storm season. Does your landscaping properly drain rain water?

June 7, 2021

As time always seems to have it, just when you’ve put those finishing touches on your landscaping, summer storms begin to roll in. While most homeowners put an incredible amount of care and concern into grass maintenance, garden spaces, and the overall aesthetic of their lawn, they overlook one important element: proper drainage. How much thought have you given to water-proofing your yard? Are you concerned that poor drainage could impact your landscaping or the foundation of your home? Learning to identify common signs of improper drainage and proactively water-proofing your lawn will save you an immense amount of time and money down the road! Not sure what to look for? Identify signs of poor water drainage with these common indicators and check out our expert solutions. 

Common Signs of Improper Drainage 

  1. Standing or pooling water: This is probably the most obvious indication of poor water drainage. Water might pool briefly in areas of your lawn in the event of extremely heavy rain, but if you notice visibly standing water or have “squishy areas” of your lawn that remain wet for hours on a regular basis, it’s a red flag that needs to be addressed promptly. Another place to look for pooling water is around the foundation of your home. Oftentimes, this is caused by an overflow of water from your gutters or downspouts. Sometimes this problem can be remedied by cleaning out your gutters to remove leaves and debris, but it can also indicate that your gutter system isn’t properly fitted for your home. 
  1. Top soil moves with every rain: If you notice that mulch or dirt from your landscaping is swept away into walkways and other areas of your lawn on a regular basis, this also indicates water isn’t being absorbed properly by the soil or doesn’t have a clear drainage path. 
  1. Flooding in your basement or crawl space: Water in the basement or crawl spaces of your home poses more than an inconvenience; it can lead to a myriad of problems. Not only does it  lead to structural issues, including cracking in the foundation, warped floors, and roofing issues, but it fosters the growth of mold and mildew in the home, dangerously impacting the air your family is breathing in. 

Houston, we have a (drainage) problem. Now what? 

There are a variety of factors that lead to drainage issues within your property with the two most common being slope and type of soil. Once you’ve identified that a problem exists, our landscaping experts can help you determine what exactly is causing the drainage issue and provide solutions for how to fix it. Some common solutions include: 

  • Trenching: Trenching is an effective way to reroute water from unwanted areas of your lawn. There are a variety of trenching options, including open drainage ditches, french drain ditches, and plant bed trenches. 
  • Terracing: Strategic terracing can ensure proper drainage and prevent soil from eroding and sliding over time by interrupting the rate of water descent. Terracing is also an aesthetically pleasing way to enhance your landscape through leveled garden spaces that strategically serve multiple purposes. 
  • Retaining wall: Retaining walls offer protection to your landscape by preventing erosion caused by rain and run-off water due to sloping, especially when it’s threatening the foundational integrity of your home. In these cases, retaining walls are considered a necessary safety feature more than anything else. When structural support is the primary goal, consulting a professional for help selecting the right materials is essential. With all of the time, money, and energy you invest in caring for your home and lawn, retaining walls provide an insurance policy to protect both your home’s foundation and overall landscape.

 If you’ve noticed your landscape isn’t properly draining water, we’re here to help! Contact us today for a consultation. We’ll provide expert solutions for how to best protect your home and landscape before rain water washes you into a world of trouble!

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