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The Essentials of Having a Suitable Drainage System


For homeowners who are trying to improve their property landscape, water can be an enemy. It can ruin an entire home, if not careful. A leaky pipe, for example can cause rust and then burst. A clogged gutter can be a nightmare in itself. Water can collect into a pool and cause ceilings to break. Water can seep behind walls resulting in mold growth. It has the ability to damage carpeting and wood flooring. Water can wreak havoc on the outside of the home as well. Water collecting in your yard can result in drainage problems. For that reason, all of your drainage systems should be properly and regularly maintained.

The Prevention
However, many homeowners overlooking this one thing, but if water causes something to go wrong, there will be devastating damages to the property and possibly the home. Typically drainage maintenance means that the water has to be controlled and moved away from the home. It is a way to prevent the water from pooling so it doesn’t distress the landscape. This includes:
  • Rain water
  • Storm drainage
  • Surface water
It is important to make sure that your landscape is designed in such a way that water is channeled into the street drain.

The Drainage
Issues with drainage will generally occur when standing or collected water remains and forms puddles in multiple areas around the yard. Other issues with drainage can result from soggy soil. For that reason, you will find that a lot of these areas will remain wet all the time, making it difficult to maintain proper drainage. Initially, if the drainage system was incorrectly done, water could saturate the yard and result in leaking in the basement.

The Surface
If your yard is in a low lying area and the area is not graded properly, it will also hold water. Issues with surface drainage will occur if standing water is in the same place for more than 2 days. To minimize this problem, it is important to repair your irrigation system. A well-maintained irrigation system that is accurately programmed will most often dramatically reduce drainage problems. Homeowners should have an annual check done on their irrigation system. This may save thousands of dollars in the long run.

The Slope
While you may not think about drainage issues on a regular basis, it is important enough to handle once and for all. The slope of your land is one of the most important considerations when thinking about surface drainage. For efficient and effective drainage, all paved surfaces should be at a slope of at least 1%. Turf and landscaped areas should be at a slope of at least 2%. A landscape professional will use a level to measure the slope to ensure that you are keeping to these measurements. If the slope is between 4% and 5%, it is too steep and may result in erosion of some kind. Therefore, make sure that the slope is functional and not too high.

Avoid Neglect
Try not to neglect the idea of controlling water on your property with a good drainage system because it can deteriorate the structure of your home, causing mold, pest infestation, gutter problems, and erosion. The timing of your irrigation system is also a viable solution to turn the zone on and off. The main objective is to have functions in place to keep water as far from the foundation as possible.

Do you want to know how you can have an efficient drainage system and solve all the water issues on your property? Contact My Landscaper today to discuss your drainage system needs. You can call 720-882-5772 to schedule an appointment.