Staying dry: optimizing exterior drainage around homes

Waterlogged yards are more than just an eyesore – they can cause permanent damage to your property. Whether killing off your home’s plant life or seeping into walls or foundations to cause cracks or mold, repair and replacement costs can add up quickly if the problem is not checked in time. That is why thinking ahead and installing exterior drainage around homes is always a good idea and one that will pay off through every rainfall. Take a look at a few solutions to try for yourself.

Simple solutions first

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Exterior Drainage

The first step toward diagnosing the problem is to check your yard for problem areas during heavy rainfall. If rain collects around particular areas, then this is where drainage is most needed. In some cases, all that is needed is a downspout extension, which can be handled by a simple trip to the hardware store. Sump pump discharge pipes are another common culprit and can be handled by simply running the pipe to a different location.

Adding a touch of elegance

Exterior drainage solutions don’t have to be all function and no form, either. A rock-lined creek bed can be a fun project that will add a strong centerpiece to your yard while also directing water effectively. And if you are not sure where to direct the water, placing a rain garden in a low spot in your yard can be an ideal solution that puts all of that extra rainfall to good use. Make sure to choose native plants that sport deep roots for the best growth.

Call the professionals

Unless you are a DIY pro, getting in touch with the drainage experts is the best way to ensure a safe and dry property. Take a look at some of these solutions that you can have professionally installed:

  • A French drain is a perforated pipe, surrounded by gravel or other high-flow material and buried beneath your lawn. The pipe collects excess water and disperses it over a large area so it doesn’t pool further.
  • Grading drainage uses the power of gravity to move water away from your home. Simply put, this process involves sloping the land and redirecting water to nearby drain systems.
  • When all else fails, installing additional waterproofing around your basement will go a long way toward protecting from future floods.

Get in touch with Keystone today for reliable waterproofing and restoration services. As a third-generation company, we have the experience necessary to keep your home and yard at its best.