Exploring Backyard Drainage Solutions

The saying goes that April showers bring May flowers; however, heavy rains can bring more than colorful blooms. Sometimes they end up bringing in flooding or standing water. The bad part about flooding in your yard is that it can wreak havoc on utilities and your foundation. It's essential that you make sure that you have a drainage system in place to prevent this. Luckily, there are multiple options available to you.

Dry Wells and French Drains

Dry wells and French drains are great solutions if you have water that pools in only one area. A French drain takes water from one area and lets it percolate out over a large area through a buried perforated pipe. It only takes a few weekends to install a French drain, with the size of the drain involved depending on the size of the drain needed. The best part about a French drain is that it doesn't require either an inlet or an outlet. As water drains through the soil, it will be carried along the pipe and dispersed along its length. You can call a company like Clearwater Plumbing for help with drains. 

A dry well is just a large hole that you dig in a part of the yard that remains relatively dry. This hole is filled with gravel and serves as a catch basin, giving the water time to soak into the ground. Depending on how much drainage you need, you can increase the size by using specific dry-well barrels. These are essentially plastic containers with holes in them that will hold more water than just a gravel pit. If you pair a dry well with a French drain, you can increase the efficiency of both systems.

Rain Gardens and Creek Beds

Creek beds can be paired with a dry well to allow incoming water to drain directly into it. All you need to do is dig a shallow ditch that will either divert water away from the traditionally flooded area or one that allows drainage from the flooding area. Once the ditch is in place, line it with decorative stones or gravel. If you need to, you can cut the sod of your yard to allow a new slope, increasing the drainage capability of the bed.

The last solution is to use a rain garden. This takes the philosophy of loving the flooded area by planting things that love excess water. You can also install a pond if you like. This doesn't solve the flooding issue, but it does dress the area up and give it purpose.

Dealing with a flooded backyard doesn't have to be painful. With a small investment and a couple of weekends, you can once again enjoy rain showers without wincing.