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Got Poor Yard Drainage? 4 Reasons to Take Action Immediately

Poor yard drainage impacts property waterproofing in important ways. Raleigh Waterproofing, Inc. frequently assists homeowners in the Raleigh area in managing rainwater runoff. Just consider some of the reasons why water pooling in a yard or around the perimeter of the residence for extended periods of time should concern a homeowner:

1. Standing Water in a Yard Creates Landscaping Problems

Water draining into large, seasonal puddles in low lying areas of a yard sometimes creates significant landscaping problems for property owners. The water may damage the lawn and nearby decorative plantings. Then, these waterlogged spots sometimes dry to create muddy, eroded patches during dry periods of the year. In some locations, these unsightly long term puddles may even become mosquito habitats.

2. Poor Yard Drainage Frequently Impacts Basement Level Window Wells

Residential properties which include basement windows remain at high risk of sustaining damage from poorly draining yards in some cases. Since water tends to flow to the lowest point, some unprotected window wells may become sites for water to collect and pool against exposed residential surfaces. Over the course of time, damage may occur to window frames and even basement and foundation walls in these locations.

3. Poorly Draining Yards May Allow Water to Pool in Crawl Spaces or Basements

Sometimes homeowners discover poor yard drainage impacts the interior of their residential properties. Therefore, it’s no longer the landscaping or the residential exterior alone. Water may seep underground from these locations through the walls of a basement, or collect at the bottom of a crawl space. When this happens, poor yard drainage helps produce dank environments inside portions of the home. Many property owners rarely visit these locations within a residence; if standing water remains on site over extended periods of time, the moisture may begin rotting exposed wood surfaces in the vicinity. Additionally, standing water may seep into cracks inside concrete in the foundation or the basement, eventually enlarging these defects and potentially causing expensive future repair bills.

4. Poor Yard Drainage May Create Wet, Slippery Walkout Basement Entrances

Poor yard drainage can also affect walkout basements. The floor plan of the home and the yard’s terrain may impact this situation significantly. For example, a walkout basement directly facing a steeply inclined hill may become a focal point for water drainage during and after rainstorms. Following heavy rains, standing water may pool across paved surfaces after rainwater flows downhill. This situation may create deep puddles outside walkout basement entrances.  The same holds true for underground garage doors, potentially creating increased maintenance.

Solutions For Yard Drainage Problems

Today, a variety of solutions assist homeowners in addressing yard drainage issues. One highly affordable and proven solution for poor yard drainage involves the construction of one or more French Drains. These trench-like channels, typically filled with gravel and perforated piping, help transport draining water away from foundations. They may help resolve many common yard drainage concerns. Today a variety of attractive landscaping options enable French Drains to enhance the appearance of residential grounds.

Sometimes property owners who have purchased properties which already include previously installed French Drains discover these structures have become clogged with debris and silt over time. These drains may require cleaning or replacement. Draining water may transport fine particles along that will eventually clog the perforated pipe. During a yard drainage inspection, a waterproofing expert may recommend checking the condition of an existing French Drain to determine whether it still operates efficiently.

Exploring Optimal Solutions

Homeowners concerned about possible yard drainage issues may benefit by requesting a basement/crawl space and yard drainage inspection from a reputable waterproofing company. In some complex cases, we may recommend the homeowner consult with an environmental, structural or landscaping engineer to obtain specialized assistance. We’ll work closely with homeowners and other consultants to implement recommendations for restructuring outdoor areas. As well as, to install drainage systems to help produce affordable solutions.

Request Knowledgeable Assistance

Have you noticed a water drainage or waterproofing problem impacting your residence in the Raleigh, North Carolina area? Our company offers a variety of specialized solutions for property owners in this situation. With deep roots in the local area, we also furnish construction expertise.

Ask us to assist you by providing foundation waterproofing repair, basement waterproofing, sump pump installation, yard drainage assistance, and other skilled contractor services. We’ll repair previous damage to foundations caused by water leaks safely and effectively. Raleigh Waterproofing, Inc. also helps implement moisture and water leak control solutions!