How to Achieve Better Yard Drainage

How to Achieve Better Yard Drainage

December 10, 2018

If your yard isn’t draining correctly, it can result in unseemly wet spots. Over time, overexposure to moisture can kill your grass and reduce the effectiveness of your landscaping efforts. Soggy yards are unpleasant and uncomfortable. Additionally, they may eventually serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other undesirable insects.

If you have any persistent wet spots in your yard, you may be wondering what steps you can take to improve the drainage of your property and protect your grass. Working with a geotechnical engineering company specializing in grading and drainage in Hudson, CO is the best way to ensure that your yard drains as effectively as possible.

While it is possible to make a number of changes on your own that may ultimately improve the drainage of your yard, it’s important to remember that local laws and regulations are constantly changing. Making even small alterations to your property may mean that you’re out of compliance with local zoning laws; this could incur fines or result in a lapse in your homeowners’ insurance coverage.

Here are just some of the most effective ways that you can address ongoing drainage issues at your home:

  • Move the gutter downspouts: A quick, affordable and relatively easy fix to bad drainage is moving the gutter downspouts on your home. Moving the downspouts will help if you have landscaping that forms a basin for water to collect. Extending the downspouts further out can help you overcome challenges associated with overactive gutters.
  • Build a rain garden: There are certain types of soils and plants that are adept at collecting excess moisture. Building a rain garden in areas of your yard that frequently flood could be a great way to overcome persistent drainage issues. Even better, rain gardens are every bit as attractive as they are practical!
  • Outline a creek bed: Particularly useful for larger residential sites, outlining a creek bed is an attractive way to deal with excessive moisture running through your property. Installing rocks and other rough substances is a great way to direct water toward a rain garden or dry well. Consult with a landscaping expert to use substances that will look amazing even when the bed is dry.
  • Install a drain pipe: If you’re looking for a discreet way to redirect excess moisture away from your home, consider installing an underground drain pipe on your property. Grates in the sunken areas of your yard will collect water that is usually deposited into an underground dry well or even recycled.

Since 2006, High Plains Engineering & Design has been a geotechnical engineering company specializing in grading and drainage in Hudson, CO. We’re proud to provide each and every one of our clients with dependable, high-quality surveying and engineering services capable of addressing even the most severe drainage problems. To learn more about our comprehensive range of services, or to find out how you can take advantage of our robust design and engineering packages, please reach out to one of our friendly representatives today.

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