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Is Your Yard Designed for Proper Drainage?

Are puddles becoming a persistent problem on your property? If your lawn is soggy days after a moderate rainfall, chances are good you're suffering from a lawn drainage issue. Improper drainage is a big problem for both home and commercial property owners throughout London and surrounding areas. Excess water can aggravate many lawn diseases, and more importantly, can cause foundational damage to your basement if left untreated. Luckily, poorly designed lawn drainage systems can be updated in order to minimize, and in most cases prevent, excess water from pooling on your property.

First Thing First – Where Is The Water Coming From?

Homeowners are quick to assume that excess rainfall is to blame for their yard drainage issues. But is that really the case? If you're constantly dealing with pooling water, even after a light rainfall, you're likely dealing with a poorly designed drainage system. If there is already a yard drainage system in place, now's the time to give it a thorough checking to ensure that there is no visible damage or clog that is allowing the water to escape back into your lawn. Sometimes excessive lawn moisture is the result of something simple, like a misdirected downspout for example.

...And Where is it Going?

Once you've found the source of the water, it's time to investigate where the water is going. Is it collecting at a central point in your lawn? Is it mostly surface flooding or is the problem deeper? The answers to these questions will give you a good starting point in your quest for proper yard drainage. To aid in your investigation, try marking the spots where water pools on your property after three or four different rain storms. Is the pooling consistent? Is there a strange smell associated with the area? The more information you can provide your yard drainage contractor, the easier it will be for them to pinpoint the problem and provide a solution.

Yard Drainage System Suggestions

Ridding your lawn of additional water doesn't have to be overly difficult. The following are a few simple suggestions from the expert lawn drainage contractors at BEST:

  1. Reroute water
    Water rerouting involves extending your existing drainage system and directing excess water to a more suitable area. At BEST, we always like to try and incorporate these types of drainage systems into a border around a flower or vegetable garden. This way the excess water will be put to good use irrigating your landscaping.
    If you choose to run your pipes away from a garden it's important that you direct it away from a public right of way and your neighbour's property. Likewise, it is not a good idea to run your pipe directly into a river or stream as some of the nutrients from your soil may not be conducive to the local wildlife.
  2. Install French drains
    French drains are a great way to handle excess water, without having to worry about installing any additional piping. Soak-away holes are strategically placed throughout your lawn and filled with gravel. The stones work as a sponge, holding excess water until such a time that it can be absorbed back into the earth around it.
  3. Heavy duty downspout drains
    If you're experiencing flooding in your basement along with yard drainage issues, your roof could be to blame. Heavy rain drainage from roofs is often handled incorrectly, causing excess water to pool near the foundation of a buildings. This water then seeps into your basement causing tons of unnecessary damage.
  4. Water harvesting
    Why send that water away when you could be using it using it to irrigate other areas of your property? Not only does this option save you money, but it's also good for the environment. Ask a BEST Plumbing & Drainage for information on available water harvesting systems.

Tired of dodging the puddles on your property? Then contact the drainage experts at BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors for more information on effective and affordable yard drainage systems.

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