Signs of Poor Yard Drainage

A Pennsylvania-based business owner, Brendan Wetzel leads Yardley Landscaping and Paving Company as president. Under the guidance of Brendan Wetzel, the company provides a range of services to clients around Bucks County, including lawn beautification and yard drainage.

Regardless of how meticulously you maintain your yard, you may still experience drainage issues at some point. Below are several signs of poor yard drainage to look out for:

Soil erosion
When there is excess water in your yard, it can cause the soil to drop away, thus creating pitted areas or, in extreme cases, sinkholes. Soil erosion in your yard threatens the stability of your raised garden beds and decorative features.

Pooled water under your gutters
As you walk around your home after it rains, look for small ponds underneath the downspouts and gutters. These suggest that water is leaking under your home and threatening the foundation. Ignoring this issue will result in steady damage to the foundation and the concrete in your basement.

Movement of the topsoil
Water that cannot properly drain from your yard will move over the mulch and topsoil as best as it can. This will push the material into your drain covers, onto walkways, or into any dips in your yard. As a result, you’ll have to deal with issues caused by clogged drains.

Wet crawlspace
Even if your yard looks fine after it rains, you may find that your crawlspace is always wet or soggy. Such issues increase the risk of mildew and mold, along with a poor-quality foundation. Moisture in this area also draws in rodents and other pests.