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Do You Know How To Eliminate Standing Water In Your Front And Backyards

Dec 13, 2007
Standing water in the front or the back yard can be an eyesore for both the homeowner and other people in the neighborhood, but it is not typically something that cannot be remedied. Depending on the source of the problem, it can be solved usually by either installing a drainage system or by the addition of a bit of soil in the right areas.

Allowing standing water in your yard, especially around the foundation of your house, can be detrimental both to the value of the property and to the structural integrity of the home. Water collecting in pockets around the base of the house can seep down into the basement or cause the house to slowly sink into the ground due to soil displacement over time. Wet soil does not form a good foundation for a home, so you need to try and fix this problem as soon as you run across it.

Many times simply piling soil in the areas where the water collects will fix the problem, since it is usually a simple issue of elevation. Some areas of your yard may not be the same elevation as other parts and water collects in these spots. Putting soil in these and planting grass over them not only for a pleasing visual effect, but also to keep the soil well in place, is the only real way to deal with elevation issues.

Putting in a drainage system is also a good option and it is not that expensive to install. You need a shovel, some gravel, PVC pipe, and a sink strainer. You should not have to hire anyone to do this for you, since all it takes is a little common sense and a bit of effort. You do, however, need to make sure that you obtain a permit to install the drain system, depending on where you live. Some areas may require that you get a permit to install a drainage system in your yard and want you to ask permission before directing the water into a city sewer or ditch.

Dig the ditch starting at the part of the yard that you want to drain and dig it to the area you want the water to go to. This ditch should slant downhill so that the water does not simply stand inside the drain and go nowhere. To get an adequate amount of water flow, it should decline 6 inches for every 100 feet. Install the PVC pipe inside it and cover with gravel. Cover that with soil and plant grass over it. This should keep the water drained well, but if you need more than one spot in your yard drained, the construction may be a little more complicated
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