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The Importance of Proper Lawn Drainage

Heavy rainstorms are wonderful events that leave behind a lovely smell while giving your flowers and greenery a much-needed drink. However, if you don’t have proper lawn drainage, then you could be at risk for basement flooding or property damage. Here are a few tips to help you avoid water-related property issues:

Water Runoff Protection

One of the easiest ways to prevent the possibility of water getting in or a swampy yard is to have a gutter system professionally installed. This type of prevention is best for a property with proper slopes because it will send the water to the turf areas and water will run away from your home and other structures.

Below Surface Drainage

When it comes to below surface lawn drainage systems, there are several options available. A French drain is one of the most popular choices. This type of system features a channel that will be dug in the space where water is accumulating. Once the channel is in place, a punched pipe and drainage gravel will be installed inside. These elements attach to a solid collection pipe that will empty into a separate container or a storm drain.

Trench drains are another option. If you go with this type of system, then your exterior space will have a drop inlet. Most inlets measure four to six inches wide. They come in different lengths that are usually less than two feet long. Consider a trench drain for flooding problems that are near the border of a paved section or near a garage. This type of system will transport water using below surface piping.

Lawn and Landscape Grading For Drainage Solutions

There are other ways to resolve lawn flooding problems. For instance, you can increase the elevation of an area. In most cases, flooding happens in the low parts and if the slope incorrect it can lead to problems. To build up a low area will involve removing the existing landscape bed or turf area, and adding topsoil beneath it and then grading it out with proper slope away from structures is a great solution to help prevent water from accumulating. Following that comes installation of new plants with mulch, pine straw or decorative rock.

A rain garden is another option. For this one, plant greenery that has deep roots. These types of plants thrive in wet climates. Drains around excessively wet areas can also help you prevent flooding.

Protecting Your Home and Property with Landscape Drainage

Outdoor drainage for your lawn and landscape helps reduce your risk of property damage. Consider the type of flooding potential you’re at risk for prior to selecting an outdoor drainage solution, then weight out your options to choose surface and/or below surface drainage systems or necessary elevation or landscaping changes. Most drainage correction work should be completed by a landscape professional to ensure everything is built out properly. If you’re in the northeast Atlanta metro, contact the experts at Infantry Landscaping to get a quote for your drainage project.

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