If you have a yard at home, chances are you have dealt with a drainage problem. Nearly every home-owner will definitely encounter drainage problems in their yard at some point.
Stagnant water, as a result of poor yard drainage, can slowly but definitely damage your lawn. Overtime, grass will die when submerged for prolonged under water. It can even invite pests and can be an ideal breeding ground for insects like mosquitoes. This will allow health risks like malaria and dengue.
Whether these situations were the results of excessive rainfall during the season and having not enough pitch to efficiently direct the water away, there are in any case solutions to these problems.
Though this requires a significant amount of manual labor, french drain is one of the best ways to disperse water. It is effective over a large area and is used to deal with plenty of drainage issues. French drain is a perforated pipe placed underground to collect rainwater and transfer water to low areas. It ensures that water flows in the direction you want. As an added bonus, you do not need an expert to do the installation and will not damage your yard when installing.
Downspout discharge may contribute to the stagnant water collected in your yard. Water collected in the roof gutter is sloped to drain in downspout which directs water from gutter down to ground level. Make sure that the downspout is not emptying into an area that tends to run uphill or tends to collect water. You can avoid pondings of water by downspout’s discharge by installing catch basins connected to your area drain to prevent collection of water.
Dry wells are a less popular choice compared to the other solutions because it tends to damage a portion of your landscape when installing. However, dry well performs its functions very well. Dry wells are perforated tanks which store and transfer water through interconnected pipes. It’s a process of collecting water into the well and slowly seeps to the ground through the perforations in the side of the tank. In some areas, certain permits are required for a dry well. When planning to have a dry well, consult your local building inspector prior commencing work to verify if permits are required.