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5 Ways To Stop Your Yard Flooding From Rain

Every region has its own storm season, and when yours comes, will you be ready? Storms mean rain, and rain often means flooding. Floods can come slow and steady, rising a few inches every few days, or they can come all at once.

No matter where you live or how floods come in your area, you should be prepared to protect your lawn from flooding. Flooding doesn’t have to mean raging waters carrying your car off. Your yard can flood and cause irreparable damage without even necessarily seeing the water.

So, why do yards flood, and how can you stop it?

Why Do Yards Flood?

Most properties, even older ones that haven’t been recently regraded or had a new foundation laid, have some kind of infrastructure in place to run off excess flooding. Whether that means underground drainage, French drains above ground, gutters that deposit rainwater six feet from the house, or any other method, flood prevention is a standard design feature of most properties.

However, many homeowners find that the existing drainage infrastructure in place isn’t enough. Every year homeowners choose to re-landscape, regrade their property, and reconfigure the drainage system to avoid costly damage control down the line.

How do you know when it’s time to put better drainage systems in place? First, you have to understand why yards flood. There are two big reasons why yards can flood—freak weather occurrences, such as hurricanes and downpours, and insufficient or broken drainage infrastructure.

If you notice water pooling at the edges of your yard or the crack between the soil and the foundation, it’s time to check the gutters, pipes, and other systems you have in place and consider getting an upgrade.

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How To Stop Your Yard From Flooding in the Rain

The time to look into renovating the way you prevent flooding in your yard is now. It can be a costly, time-consuming process, but it pales in comparison to how time-consuming and expensive a bad flood will be for you without these protections in place.

Regrade your yard

The “grade” of a property is another word for the incline or slope of the land that it is on. The grade of your yard has a lot to do with how rain falls, collects, and runs off of it.

The most efficient yards when it comes to water drainage have a slope of at least 2% away from the house, which means that for every 100 feet, there is a downward slope of two feet. It’s simple physics. If there’s no hill for the water to run down, it will stay in place and cause you all sorts of problems.

Install a dry well

Soil has a lot to do with drainage, and some soils absorb water faster than others. If your yard seems to suck in the water quickly, don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. That water isn’t disappearing. It’s simply moving underground, and it can flood there too.

Dry wells are tanks installed within the ground that use perforated pipes to collect and slowly release excess water into the surrounding soil.

Plant a rain garden

Shrubs, flowers, and trees are a great, natural way to prevent flooding. The complex root system of these plants burrow deep in the earth in trees, sometimes 10, 20, 30 feet, and more.

Those roots not only absorb water that seeps into the ground, but they also provide a rigid structure that compacts the surrounding soil, making it firm and harder to be damaged.

Invest in a sump pump

A sump pump is almost like a dry well, but it is mechanical. These machines are housed in the basement of houses prone to flooding. Switch the device on, and it pumps water manually away from the foundation.

Sump pumps are common in places like the Florida Keys, where rain, hurricanes, and humidity are common.

Don’t Go it Alone – Call in the Pros

So you’ve decided you want to install French drains to deal with yard flooding. Are you sure you want to do that on your own? When in doubt about flood prevention, call in the pros at All Dry USA. Our 24/7 services are available 365 days a year. Simply call to get a quote.

Ben Suiskind
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