Make Sure Your Yard Has a Good Drainage System; HOME Q&A

By Reich, Taylor | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), May 19, 2013 | Go to article overview

Make Sure Your Yard Has a Good Drainage System; HOME Q&A


Reich, Taylor, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Q * I have had some drainage issues because of all the rain we have had. What can I do to make sure I don't have so much runoff in my yard?

A * It may be tough to know exactly what you need without seeing the home and how the ground drains. However, I can provide a couple of tips and some useful products to help fix your problem.

Start by taking a look at your current drainage system. This may take a trip out into the rain, or quickly after it stops, to identify any potential problems. Look for leaks in your gutter, low spots where water pools and ruts in your yard caused by quickly flowing water. These issues are signs that you may need to upgrade or at least repair your drainage system. Two things you should remember are to keep the water away from the foundation of your home and that water runs downhill.

Take a look at where the water is coming from and where it needs to go. Because water flows downhill, it is important to figure out where to direct the runoff. Look at the lay of your land and where the water is currently flowing. This is the path of least resistance. Many drainage systems are available, but one of the most common is the use of drain pipes. …

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