Signs that you have a drainage problem are pretty easy to spot, accompanied by standing water, clogged-up drainage, and wet feet caused by walking from your lawn to the porch. Blocked drains are always a problem for a lot of reasons – mosquitoes breeding in standing water and health issues are only two of them.
Before you experience flooded streets that you only see on the evening news, learn how to spot these drainage problems and what you can do as a preventative measure.
Problem: Your gutter spouts are shot
Improperly unclogged gutters cause major headaches for homeowners. They destroy foundations by soaking in water again and again. If your home has an improperly connected gutter, a good solution is to grade the area where the spout connects to the drain. You can also grade your way to removing whatever is blocking the spout.
Problem: You made a plant box that’s a plant block
When you design a plant box, you think it’s as simple as piling blocks up one after the other. Well, you thought wrong. You’ll be reminded of that again and again as you look at that plant box, blocking the way the water’s supposed to flow naturally. Using a calculator as well as a site level to measure the way the land slopes will help you find the water’s natural path to the drain.
Problem: Your turf is flooded
Flooded turf can truly ruin your day the same as blocked drains. Usually, a flooded turf is caused by compacted soil affected heavily by extreme drying or natural degradation. If you experience this, you should think about re-grading that soil, or using aeration as a way of opening the soil up again so it could be used properly.
Problem: You have a hastily made paved concrete surface
If you’re a chronic DIYer, you should stop this instant! Improperly paved surfaces are one of the signs of a DIYer left to run amok. But seriously, you should avoid improperly paved surfaces if you want to stop grading again and again. An added solution to making a natural path for water to flow is to create retaining walls which guide the water to the drain.
Problem: You have water traps instead of speed traps
There’s a lot that goes into grading. It’s a work of art in itself, if that art is the preservation of your home. This time, though, you need to grade a proper path for the water to flow through. Aside from that, the installation of a sub-surface drainage system with a catch basin and pipe would help greatly.
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