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Common Residential Drainage Issues and What To Do To Fix Them.

As the rainy spring season sets in, water buildup in your yard can become a major issue. Not only can standing water be unsightly, but it can also damage your lawn, make it difficult to mow, and create a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent water buildup in your yard and keep your property looking great all season long. Here at A-Lot Excavating, we can help with a variety of those residential drainage issues.

First we will go over what causes drainage issues, then we will discover how to solve them.

Residential Drainage Issues:

  1. Poor Yard Grading: Improper yard grading can cause water to pool in low areas, which can damage your lawn and create a breeding ground for pests and allergens, and not to mention the long term damage it does to your landscaping. A-Lot Excavating can re-grade your yard to ensure proper drainage and prevent water buildup. We have the equipment and expertise to make sure your yard slopes away from your home and toward a suitable drainage area.

  2. Clogged or damaged gutters: Clogged or damaged gutters can prevent water from flowing away from your home, causing water buildup and potential damage to your foundation. Ensure you are checking your gutters for any damage throughout the year.

  3. Insufficient downspout drainage: Faulty or insufficient downspout drainage can also contribute to water buildup around your home's foundation. We can also install French drains, dry wells or other drainage solutions to help redirect water away from low-lying areas.

  4. Erosion: Erosion can cause significant damage to your yard and home, and can even pose a safety hazard. A-Lot Excavating can install erosion control measures, such as retaining walls, riprap, or vegetation, to prevent soil erosion and protect your property from damage.

Drainage Solutions:

  1. Grading: Proper grading is essential for preventing water buildup in your yard. Ideally, your yard should slope away from your home at a rate of at least 1 inch per foot. This can help ensure that water drains away from your home and toward a suitable drainage area. If your yard is not properly graded, A-Lot Excavating would be happy to help.

  2. Inspect Gutters and Downspouts: Make sure that your gutters are clean and free from debris, and that your downspouts are directing water away from your home and toward a suitable drainage area. If you notice any issues, such as leaks or clogs, make repairs as soon as possible. A-Lot Excavating can install downspout extensions or splash blocks to direct water away from your home and toward a suitable drainage area.

  3. Install a French Drain or Dry Well: If you have low areas in your yard that are prone to water buildup, you may want to consider installing a French drain. A French drain is a perforated pipe surrounded by gravel that is buried underground and designed to redirect water away from low-lying areas. This can be an effective solution for preventing water buildup and improving drainage in your yard. You can also install a Dry Well, this is an excavated pit filled with stone, directing runoff and stormwater to its aquifer, rather than to the low spots in your yard. A-Lot Excavating can assist with these installations, preventing water buildup and damage.

  4. Consider a rain garden: A rain garden is a shallow depression in your yard that is designed to capture and absorb rainwater. By planting native plants and flowers in the rain garden, you can create a beautiful and functional landscape feature that helps prevent water buildup in your yard. Rain gardens are also great for attracting pollinators and other beneficial insects.

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In conclusion, residential drainage issues can be a frustrating and costly problem for homeowners, but A-Lot Excavating offers solutions to many common drainage issues. By inspecting your gutters and downspouts, redirecting downspout water, grading your yard, installing a French drain, and considering a rain garden, you can keep your yard looking great and free from standing water. With these tips, you can enjoy a beautiful and functional landscape all season long. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help solve your drainage issues.


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