Having a yard means having enough space in your home for outdoor activities. However, since it is at the mercy of the elements, it also means having to maintain the quality of your yard, which requires a little bit of work, especially during the rainy seasons. Heavy rain may lead to a drainage problem in your yard, which usually requires drainage services from a trained professional. As you probably know, hiring the services of a professional usually means not only draining your yard, but draining your pocket as well. One good way to avoid drainage problems is to install the appropriate drainage systems to fit your needs and your house structure. Using the proper slope drainage and foundation drainage systems in and around your household could very well save you the trouble of having to hire a professional to solve your drainage problems in the future.
Here are some tips on how to find the appropriate drainage systems for your yard:
- Discerning the problem. The first step is to figure out what your drainage problem is, and why you have that problem. This requires that you do a little observation when the next storm comes around. There are three main drainage problems that you want to look out for: an unnatural build-up of rainwater near your gutter downspouts, a wet, soggy patch of earth anywhere on your lawn, and a river of flowing water moving through your lawn. Try to determine the causes of each of the problems that you see in your yard; this is why it is imperative to do the observation on a rainy day.
- Observing your yard. Once the rain stops, observe once more how the problem areas fare after a day of rain. Take note of which areas remain wet and soggy the longest; this will give you a fairly good idea of what your real drainage problem is. Normally, downspout and river problems are more easily resolved than soggy lawn swamp areas. Know which areas took the longest to drain, as these will represent the biggest drainage problem areas in your yard, and will therefore be the priority projects for your drainage systems installation.
- Finding drainage solutions. Once you have determined the problem areas in your yard, the next step is to know how dire your drainage problems are. This is when your observations will come in handy. If you have observed that the stagnant water in the problem areas tend to disappear after an hour or so, then this means that your lawn’s drainage is appropriate, and perhaps the only thing that you might need to fix is your problems with your gutter. If the rivers of water disappeared quickly, then perhaps simply improving your yard’s topsoil drainage will suffice. You could also consider installing a French drain system or a drywell to deal with this problem.
- Taking it one step further. If you have noticed that there is rainwater building up right next to your house foundation, then you will have to correct the slope of the ground right next to your foundation before you proceed with any other drainage solutions.
Keen observation of your yard, and of the possible drainage problems that it could have, are key to the proper maintenance of your property, and to the selection of the appropriate drainage systems to suit your needs.