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Don’t Let Drainage Problems Cause Damage to Your Home & Landscaping

July 9, 2014

With the high volume of rain we have had recently, you may have noticed water settling on your property or running downhill.

 

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Soggy lawn areas and standing water in your yard indicates a serious drainage problem which is very common these days, says Frank Jager of Jager Landscaping. In many parts of our area, heavy compacted clay soil prevents water from filtering down through the different soil layers.

When the water becomes trapped and cannot run off, it will pool or pond. The location of the pools can often be right next to the foundation of your home.

One way or another the area will eventually cause damage, adds Jager. Standing water can damage the foundation of your home as well as cause disease and totally ruin your landscape plants and grass. Not to mention that standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The key to correcting the problem can be a difficult task. There are several solutions to correct drainage problems. Some as simple as re-grading a portion of the lawn for positive water flow, extending the drain lines from your downspouts or simply adding a French drain system. Either way getting the water moving again and away from your home is essential to maintaining the value of your home and landscape.

Subsurface drainage systems have many different names, but they all do the same thing: remove water and lower the water table away from a building foundation wall or from under a slab.

If you have or suspect that you have water issues around your yard call a landscaper who is experienced with drainage issues. Usually they will find a workable solution. Many masons may recommend distribution boxes but, according to Jager, that does not work for landscaping and soil. Jager Landscaping installs special lawn drains that do not clog while catching water from various areas of the property.

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