3 Signs That Your Yard Has A Drainage Issue

Posted on: 24 December 2015

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A lot of properties do not have proper drainage like they should. Luckily, this is a problem that can be remedied for homes that are located just about anywhere. Different solutions are used for handling drainage issues, depending on the property and the source of a problem. For example, pipes might be installed so that they can carry the water away from your home and your property. These are a few signs that your yard might have a drainage issue.

1. Your Yard is Super Muddy...and Stays Muddy

A little bit of mud is to be expected after periods of rain. However, a well-drained property shouldn't stay muddy for long periods of time and should dry out relatively quickly, other than in flood conditions. If you look around your neighborhood and notice that your yard is muddier than everyone else's, it's a sign that you may have drainage issues to deal with. Once you have a professional come out and improve the drainage on your property, you are sure to notice a lot of improvements. Not only will your lawn look a whole lot better, but you will also be able to cut your grass, handle yard maintenance and send your kids and pets out to play without worrying about a huge, muddy mess.

2. You're Noticing the Signs of Erosion

Although it shouldn't be surprising if your flowerbeds or other dirt or mulch start to wash away a little bit over time. If this erosion seems to be happening at a fast rate, however, it may be because of poor drainage. If water stands in your yard for a long period of time before it drains away, there is more of a chance of it washing away soil, gravel, mulch and more with it. Solutions may include installing a drainage pipe on your property to carry the water more quickly, building up the area around your yard with dirt or sand, or both.

3. You Have Foundation Damage

One of the more common signs of long-term drainage issues is foundation damage. If the area around your home's foundation stays wet for long periods of time, you have to worry about your foundation becoming damaged because of it. If you notice cracks in your foundation, cracks in your walls or around your door or window casing or other similar signs of foundation damage, it is imperative to take care of the situation as soon as possible so that it doesn't get any worse.