Landscape Troubleshooting: Problems With Drainage System

A beautiful landscape design can easily improve the curb appeal of your home. However, if you are unable to effectively drain excess water from your landscape, you will quickly find that even the most beautiful landscaping design can cause damage to your home and the surrounding plants. Thankfully, most drainage problems can be easily fixed once you know what is causing them.

The troubleshooting steps below will help you to deal with a couple of the most common drainage problems:

Water Backing Up Into Basement

If the water from your landscape is backing up into your basement, this is a good indication that the grade or slope of your landscape has shifted towards your home rather than away from it. This can cause ground water levels around your foundation to increase and ultimately result in water seeping in through your basement walls or even rising up from beneath your basement floor.

In order to correct this issue, you will need to create a slope that directs water away from your home rather than towards it. This can be accomplished by building up the soil directly around your foundation and slowly reducing the slope of the soil as it moves away from your home.

If the slope of your landscape has shifted considerably due to extreme weather, you may require the assistance of a landscaping contractor in order to correct this issue without damaging any of the plants that call your landscape home.

There Is Nowhere For The Water To Go

If there is nowhere in your yard for downspout water to be directed without causing damage, you will need to redirect the water through the use of a corrugated plastic tube. These plastic tubes can be attached to your downspout and used to direct drainage water to a more appropriate location, such the city sewer drain.

When choosing to install a corrugated plastic tube, always choose the final destination of the tube first. This will allow you to map out the most effective route for you drain water. Remember to keep in mind the basic laws of physics. For instance, if your corrugated pipes go uphill, you will have a hard time getting water to flow through these pipes in the direction you desire.

Once you map out the most effective drainage route, you will need to dig a trench from the intended destination all the way back to your downspout. The corrugated tube should be buried in this trench before it is attached to the downspout. This will prevent the pipe from becoming detached during the burying process.

With this new drainage system in place, all water runoff should now be directed to your intended drainage destination rather than ending up in your landscape where it can damage plants and possibly even your home. Need more help? Have other questions? Contact a professional such as Michael Bellantoni to learn more.


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