Landscape Drainage Systems

If you have puddles of standing water or soggy areas in your yard 48 hours after it rains, you have a drainage issue that should be addressed.

 

Poor yard drainage is not just an aesthetic issue. If your yard turns into a swamp land when it rains, it makes it harder for you to enjoy it. Standing water can also lead to a number of problems.

Poor drainage can also impact the health of your lawn and landscape plantings. In spring through early fall, standing water can actually become a health hazard, as it gives rise to mosquitoes and other yard pests.

 

If you’re a parent of children or have pets, a soggy backyard means constant tracking of mud into your home , damaging rugs, carpets and flooring.

 

Additionally, poor drainage can compromise your home’s foundation and lead to moisture and mold problems in basements and crawlspaces. 

What causes standing water?

The vast majority of drainage issues are caused by inadequate slope or pitch in your yard. Even if your property is properly graded, neighboring properties can redirect water to your home. Poor grading will prevent water runoff from being diverted away from your house and off your property. Berms are common in the Charlotte area and are notorious for pooling water between the berm and yard. 

Soil type and condition can contribute to poor runoff and excess moisture retention. Soils high in clay are less porous and tend to hold water more than other soil types. During a home's construction process, soil can be compacted by heavy equipment, causing additional drainage issues.

 

Another driver of poor drainage is your roof's gutter system. Poorly designed or inadequately sized gutters and downspouts can prevent water from being routed away from your home and off of your property. 

 

What should I do if I think I have a drainage issue?

First, document where the drainage seems to be most prevalent. Take some photos of the areas where water tends to pool or sections of your yard that remain soggy for days or more. 

Next, call PRS Construction @ (704) 941-1265 - We will have one of our water damage specialists visit your home and do a free drainage evaluation. After their inspection, they walk you through their assessment, let you know what is preventing your property from evacuating water properly and offer recommendations on the best course of action to solve the issue.