Proper drainage on your property is very important although some may view this as a minor issue. Well let me reiterate, improper drainage can become a very costly issue if not taken care of within a reasonable amount of time. Low spots in your yard can easily turn into “water reservoirs” and cause serious drainage problems. Once the low area becomes saturated with water, a muddy, swampy puddle begins to form, potentially attracting mosquitoes and other insects and causing your grass to die. Why generate a haven for mosquitoes to multiply when they are known to carry possibly deadly diseases.
When protecting the value and usability of your property from water damage your goal is to capture excess water, move it away from the puddling area and then disperse or store it in a safe manner.
If you do not immediately address water drainage issues you expose yourself to property damage, reduced functionality of your yard, health issues and “surprise” repair costs later. Unless the wet area is near your home, walkway, or driveway, it is unlikely to cause immediate physical damage to your property. However, this wet spot can grow and eventually cause serious property damage if not properly addressed.
The most common drainage problems are improper elevation changes, downspout runoff, and neighbor runoff. Almost 90% of all residential properties are improperly graded during the construction phase, causing poor drainage for either you or your neighbor. Eventually, the problem will have to be
addressed and remedied in some fashion and should never be left unattended.
Another drainage issue is caused by downspout runoff. During a torrential rain, the
downspouts tend to get a pretty good workout but so does the property in the area
of the downspouts. The runoff from the gutter downspouts can cause erosion over a
period of time, therefore creating unwanted standing water and a multitude of other
problems. It would be wise to repair the problem sooner than later.
Why fix your drainage problem now?
Failure to correctly fix a drainage problem now will cost you more later. Ignoring a drainage problem can quickly result in major repair costs and loss in property value. A homeowner seeking to remediate just one of the property damage issues below could easily spend 2 to 5 times more than the cost of solving the drainage problem in the first place.
Here are a few problems that could be very costly and problematic if not addressed early on.
A) Settling and cracking of foundation
B) Termites attracted by damp wood, wood rot
Usability and Aesthetics
The quick fix
Wrong Solution, the “Quick & Dirty” Solution: Many homeowners believe they can solve their drainage problems by simply moving dirt (grading) or digging shallow trenches. These temporary fixes do not effectively solve the problem and can actually make the problem worse. The majority of homeowners report that they are unhappy with the results of temporary solutions – and end up trying another approach within 12 months.