Sort out your boggy yard
Wet spots in your yard are a nuisance and an eyesore. Grass will die if it’s underwater for too long. You can’t mow over wet areas, and everyone tracks mud into the house. If the soggy area is close to your house, it can cause flooding, leaks or mould. So what’s the answer? In this article we’ll review the options.
Extend the drainpipe: drainpipe drainage solutions
Landscaping near the house can create a basin for water. Extending the drainpipe usually solves the problem. Before you start digging a trench or taking some other drastic action to get rid of a wet spot or standing water in your yard, step back and survey the situation to see where the water is coming from. The problem could be as simple as a drainpipe or sump pump discharge that’s draining into a low area of your yard. Redirecting your drainpipe or running the discharge pipe from your sump pump drainage outside to a different location might be all you need to do.
Draw a drainage plan
If you couldn’t find a simple fix for your soggy yard dilemma, you’ll need another strategy. Start by making a sketch of your property showing the house, driveway, patios, street and other features. Then use a line level, builder’s level or some other levelling method to determine high and low spots. Draw arrows to show how water flows and make notes to indicate the relative height of high and low spots. Keep in mind that in most cases you shouldn’t plan to direct water onto your neighbour’s property. And if you’re hoping to discharge water into the street or council storm sewer, check first to see what regulations apply.
A sketch of standing water in the yard will help you decide which of the following strategies is best for your situation. For example, if you simply have no way to drain water from a low spot to another location, your best option may be to build a rain garden or dry well.