How to protect my house from rain water?


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Old 05-17-11, 08:29 AM
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How to protect my house from rain water?

Hi everyone,

I'm new to this site and i think it has a lot of useful information. I do have a question. Recently i had my downspout redirected into my garden which is located in front of my porch about 6-8 feet away from my house. With all the rain we;'ve been getting in Toronto the rain water has collected in the garden and formed a puddle which is channeling under the porch. I don't want it to start puddling under the porch and maybe leaking into the foundation of the house. Is there anyway i can prevent this? ie using gravel or woodchips in the garden to spread the water? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated, Thanks.
 
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Old 05-17-11, 08:52 AM
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Landscape the garden area so excess water flows out away from the house. You may need to add additional soil in some areas and remove it in others. Can you take a picture and show us exactly what it looks like?
 
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Old 05-17-11, 09:22 AM
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Thanks drooplug. I'll take a pic of it tonight and post it tomorrow. It's a very small small garden probably 1 X 4 feet.
 
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Old 05-17-11, 09:28 AM
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It helps to see exactly what is happening to give better suggestions. Make sure you get some wide shots that show everything involved and the lay out of the land.
 
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It just sounds like a grading issue as drooplug mentioned. Water should never be able to puddle near the house. The ground should always slope away from the house. Since it's probably too muddy to do the work now you can simply redirect your downspout further out into the yard until you are able to address the grading.

When doing the grading you do not want to use gravel or wood chips. Those materials will let the water flow through pretty easily. You want to establish the grade/slope with soil so the water runs off. Then top it with whatever mulch or dressing you like.
 
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Irrigation watering is usually associated with a flat garden area with berms around the perimeter and hills for the plants to allow a flood of water to soak into the roots without damaging the plants. However, too much water can be a bad thing. In addition to providing a drain for excess rain storms, you should have the ability to divert the run off when the garden has had enough. Maybe something as simple as moving the drain from the roof to another spot where it no longer floods the garden.

Another approach I have seen is to allow the run off to fill a large barrel and pipe the overflow away from the house. Then you simply dip out want you need and hand water the garden.

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I think moving the downspout is out of the question and it's fixed to porch. I'll take a picture and show you what i mean. Won't gravel disperse the water evenly so puddling wont occur? Thanks again.
 
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Puddling occurs because of high and low spots in the soil.
 
 

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