Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by James Hartkorn
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Got some drainage issues in your yard? Is there water pooling where it shouldn’t be? You don’t want to make your lawn a place for critters like the one above to make their home, and we can help! Here we will list and explain some common yard drainage problems and how to fix them. It’s best to address drainage problems sooner rather than later when they can cause irreparable damage to your home’s foundation and surrounding landscape. This is because drainage problems typically stem from poor gutter downspouts and areas below gutters that can allow seepage into the foundation and basement.
MAINTAIN YOUR GUTTERS
First and foremost, make sure your gutters are free from debris that can clog and cause rain water to back up. The purpose of your gutter system is to channel water away from your foundation so that you don’t adversely affect the integrity of the house’s foundation and/or experience flooding in your basement. That’s why you should check your gutters regularly – at least once in the spring and once in the fall – for clogging, sagging or any holes you may see. House Logic says regular gutter maintenance and inspections can prevent bigger problems from cropping up down the road.
CHECK THE FUNCTION OF YOUR GUTTERS
When it rains, that water is diverted from your roof, down through the gutter system and out into your yard. When the positioning is off, pooling can happen at the bottom, killing plants and shrubs, causing erosion, and leading to seepage into your basement. Poor yard drainage often stems from inadequate or poorly positioned gutters that are not doing their job to get rainwater far enough away from the property. A solution to this is to have your gutters assessed by a professional or give them an inspection yourself, making any necessary adjustments to get rainwater flowing the right way again. If you don’t already have gutter extensions, buy some and attach them to the bottom of the downspout to discharge water well away from the foundation.
In order for the correct flow of water to occur, your gutters need proper pitch, with at least a quarter inch of slope for every 10 feet of gutter. Not sure if you have the right pitch? After it has just rained, get on a ladder and take a look up there. Do you have standing water? If so, you need to perfect the pitch. You can try fixing this on your own by taking a measurement from the peak to the downspout. With a piece of chalk, mark where the gutter seems to be out of alignment. This could involve a simple adjustment or push to get it back in place. If not, you may have to rehang them, in which case you’ll need the right tools and know-how, or you’ll have to call in a pro.
Looking to improve your yard drainage? Sometimes your gutters are to blame, and many times these involve simple fixes. For help with improving yard drainage, contact our experts at LeafGuard by Midlands Home Solutions today.