5 Signs You Have a Drainage Problem

When water has no where to go, it can cause big problems on your property. Proper drainage around your home and yard can ensure that too much water does not accumulate and cause damage to your home and landscaping. Unfortunately, some homeowners wait too long to fix a drainage problem and end up with expensive damage to their foundation, concrete structures and landscaping. Here are 5 signs you have landscape drainage problem that you need to fix.

  1. Uneven grass growth in your yard. Is some of your lawn bright green and lush and other areas sparse? Uneven or unusual grass growth could be due to water pooling in certain areas of your yard.
  2. Overflowing gutters. When heavy rains pour down, do your gutters overflow? This can lead to drainage problems affecting your landscaping and foundation.
  3. Leaky basement. If you have water leaking into your basement, there may be too much water collecting around your home. A good drainage system will direct water away from your home’s foundation.
  4. Cracks in concrete foundations, sidewalks and patios. Concrete is porous and does not fair well with too much water. Cracks in your concrete structures can be caused by breakdown and erosion caused by poor drainage.
  5. Soggy spots around your property. Do you have soggy areas around your yard, in your crawl space, or puddles in your driveway? These are all signs of a poor drainage system.

If you have any of the signs of a drainage problem, it is time to get the issue resolved before it damages your home or property. Contact a local landscaping company that offers drainage system design and installation to fix drainage issues and protect the investment you have in your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

5 Dangers of Poor Drainage in Your Yard

Proper drainage in your yard is vital for healthy landscaping, but more than benefits, it can eliminate dangers to your property. If you have pooling or soggy spots in your yard, you can be in for a rude awakening if it is not addressed. Here are five dangers of poor drainage that can impact your property and home.

  1. Lawn development. Grass needs moisture, but too much can ruin a lawn. You can drown grass and invite weeds that can impact the beauty of your lawn.
  2. Landscaping. Same as your lawn, your trees, shrubs and gardens can be impacted by too much water. Expensive landscaping can be destroyed without the right drainage.
  3. Hardscapes. Do you have a stone patio, retaining wall or other hardscapes? Wet soil can allow sinking of pavers and create erosion that can be detrimental to hardscapes, costing plenty in needed repairs or replacement.
  4. Home foundation. The biggest danger of poor drainage in your yard is damage to your home’s foundation. Too much water can cause foundation damage, erosion and settling that can cost several thousand dollars to repair.
  5. Basement leaks. Seeping water into your home can cause mold and water damage in your basement, another large expense for homeowners.

Drainage solutions are available, from French drains and dry creek beds, to leveling and grading your yard. The cost of poor drainage can be much more than the investment to install the right solutions to manage water levels on your property. Contact a professional landscaper to discuss the best drainage option to protect your home and property from the dangers of high water levels.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Benefits of Choosing a French Drain as a Drainage Solution

If you have a home that has been experiencing poor drainage in your yard, you need to find an affordable and effective solution. Poor drainage can cause extensive damage to your property and home, including water damage to your home’s foundation, basement flooding and ruining your landscaping efforts. A French drain is one option that may give you the solution you have been looking for, with some of these tangible benefits:

  • Affordable. French drains can be one of the more affordable drainage options for residential areas. The materials are inexpensive and the labor needed to install the system is often less than other types of drainage options.
  • Convenience. One of the benefits of French drains is the convenience to direct the excess water where you prefer. The piping can divert water away from your home to areas in your lawn or landscaping that could benefit from the extra water.
  • Quick installation. Most French drain systems can be installed in one day by a professional landscaping company, giving you the drainage solution you need immediately. This is great for emergency situations where water is pooling after a heavy storm and you need a fast-fix for your drainage problem.

It is always best to hire a professional landscaper to install your French drain. They can design a system that will properly divert the water to a safe area where it can be absorbed. In some cases, you may need to also have a dry well or drainage ditch added, or have changes made to the grade of your lawn, so it is best to have a professional involved in the project.

Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 649-0818

Finding the Right Drainage Solution for Your Property

Do you have soggy, wet areas on your property due to poor drainage? Excess water can ruin your lawn, create pest problems and even harm your home’s foundation. There are several ways to improve the drainage on your property to evenly distribute rainfall and prevent damage to your home and lawn. To fix the problem, you need to find the right solution to remedy the cause of the excess water. Here are a few common problems and drainage solutions:

Poor Grading

If the grade on your property is causing water to pool, you may need to have your property leveled to promote better drainage. A professional landscape company can carefully level the soil on your property to reduce water pooling in low areas.

Water Streaming

High areas on your property can cause water to stream, eroding your soil and causing damage to your landscaping. One solution to streaming water is to install a French drain that allows the water to be evenly distributed, reducing erosion problems.

Low, Pooling Areas

Water collecting in low areas needs a proper place to drain to avoid attracting mosquitoes and other pests. Dry wells, drainage ditches and French drains can all help to relieve these pooling issues.

Eroding Hillsides

If water flow is destroying your slope or hillside, adding a retaining wall can brace the soil and prevent further erosion. Tiered retaining walls on a hill can help manage drainage while creating areas for planting.

Do not let poor drainage ruin your property or home. Call a local landscape company that specializes in drainage solutions to find the best option for your property.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 609-4510

Is Poor Drainage Ruining Your Yard?

For plants to flourish, they need the right balance of moisture. Too little, and they will wither away and die; too much, and many will drown. If you have a drainage problem on your property, the excess water may be ruining your grass and other plants. To protect your foliage and prevent expensive erosion, drainage problems should be addressed as soon as possible.

Drainage Options

There are several ways to approach drainage problems, from something as simple as adding to your soil to more complex solutions. It will depend on how severe a drainage issue you have, and the root cause of the problem. The first step is to call in a landscaping expert to investigate your drainage problem, then they can offer ways to combat the problem. Some solutions they may suggest include:

  • Drainage pools. Creating a place for excess water to pool is one of the more popular options. Your landscaping company can create a drainage ditch or pool that can collect the water accumulating in your yard.
  • Soil additions. Sometimes, adding to your soil can improve drainage. Some options include peat, sand and shale to change the soil structure.
  • Grading. In extreme situations, you may need to have the slope or level of your property changed through grading to allow proper drainage. This can help direct the water off your lawn and planting areas, plus keep it away from your home’s foundation.

If you are struggling with a drainage issue which is destroying your lawn and landscaping, call in a drainage expert before your yard is ruined. They can offer solutions to help improve your yard’s moisture balance, keeping your lawn healthy and beautiful.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA

Poor Water Drainage Solutions

Heavy rains can cause a host of problems on your property. If your property isn’t draining properly, the excess water can pool and become a nuisance. Too must water can destroy lawns, kill certain plants and become a breeding ground for insects. However, there are many solutions available to correct poorly draining properties.

Finding the Right Drainage Solution

Each property with draining problems is different, requiring creative solutions. Depending on the landscape of the property, there may be one of many different options available to deter water pooling. The options will depend on the slopes on the property, plus areas that need to be avoided. Some of the common solutions for drainage include:

  • Leveling. For pooling problems, sometimes all that’s needed is leveling of the earth to allow natural runoff.
  • French drains. Another option is installing French drains, which disperse the water away from the home and landscaping to allow drainage.
  • Retaining walls. For sloped areas and hills, retaining walls can help with erosion and other drainage issues.
  • Catch basins, drainage ditches or dry wells. Creating basins, ditches or wells which will attract and collect water is an excellent solution for extreme draining issues.
  • Creek beds. A beautiful drainage solution is a dry creek bed made from river rocks. This can add depth to your landscaping while providing the drainage you need.

It’s important to understand the best way to address the drainage problem on your property. Consulting a landscaping company who has expertise in providing drainage options can ensure that you get the best solution for your pooling and draining problem. They can inspect your property and design a draining solution to work best for your unique situation.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 609-4510

Drainage: An Important Landscaping Concern

Many of us have observed yards standing in water following the first hard rain of spring, resulting in rapid snow melt while the ground is still too frozen to absorb the runoff. We’ve all sympathized, on occasion, with that friend or co-worker who discovered their formerly dry basement suddenly, seemingly without warning, underwater.

Does your landscaping affect the drainage of water from your property? Absolutely! The ground immediately surrounding the structure of your home should be sloped away from your house to allow water to run off in a safe direction. Away from your house, drainage problems can be avoided by planning your landscaping in such as way as to have the majority of extra water absorbed into the ground, returning to the natural ground water table. This can be affected by your large scrub plantings, gardens and flowerbeds, retaining walls, paving of driveways, walking paths, porches and patios.

Whether you choose to absorb or drain off excess water on your property can be affected by the position of your home on the property and the amount of hardscape in your immediate vicinity. The best scenario, of course, would be to capture your runoff water and use it in your own landscaping needs. The capacity of your property to handle large volumes of water effectively following severe storms is critical, not only to your property but to the overall environment as well.

Ideally, how drainage will be affected by your new landscaping project should be reviewed by your local landscape professional, before anything is put in place.