Unexpected and uncontrolled water can be a homeowner’s worst enemy. No one wants to find water in their basement as the snow is melting or have a pond appear in their backyard after a heavy rain. Water can slowly erode parts of your home and landscape to create problems that take a lot of time and resources to repair.
Drainage problems can develop in areas where the land is flat, there is a high water table or the soil is very dense. In these areas, having a well-designed drainage system is a priority that can help prevent and mitigate problems down the road.
Without an effective drainage solution, water can collect and pool to undermine structures, drown plants, and create perpetually wet areas in your yard. The potential for damage can be very high and is best to address before problems arise.
Do you have a drainage problem?
There are three factors that have the most impact on the drainage of a yard: the grade, the groundwater levels, and rainfall.
Even slight changes in the level of your yard can cause water to collect and pool. A skilled landscape designer will be able to analyze the nature of your yard and determine if you have a drainage problem caused by sloping or grade.
Groundwater is another factor that can affect the drainage of a yard. In some areas in the southern parts of the United State, for example, the water table is just inches below the surface. If the water table is high in an area, it can prevent water from draining quickly during spring melts or heavy rain events.
Sudden and heavy rainfall is often the test of the drainage in a yard. In areas that have heavy downpours on a regular basis, yards can become flooded for short periods of time even with drainage systems in place.
Fixing drainage problems
While some drainage problems can be fixed with a quick project, many drainage issues require a skilled landscaper to evaluate the problem and develop an effective plan.
Great Goats Landscaping has been working with homeowners for years to address drainage and water issues in yards. They can talk to you about the options that would work best in your yard and create a design that is both beautiful and functional.