Nobody wants a flooded backyard. It's unsightly and difficult to go out in without getting mud all over yourself. And if you have pets, you won't want to let them out in waterlogged terrain, which may change your schedule, as you'll need to walk them more, and affect their ability to play. For kids, a flooded backyard can mean getting stuck indoors.
Sometimes, water can come in from your neighbors' yards and into yours as well. Luckily, you can do a few things to block the water and stop your backyard from flooding.
Build a Berm
If you have a big enough backyard, you may want to consider building a berm or a small hill that will divert water. Make sure you have a plan for where the water will flow to. You should consider artificial turf or other surfaces that are easier to maintain, as mowing grass on the hill could be cumbersome.
Use a Dry Well
If space permits, you can also consider building a dry well in your yard. If you make a berm, you can angle it to drive water toward this area. Simply put, a dry well is a hole in the ground. It's usually dry, but it as the name implies it can store built-up water in times of heavy rain. If you're not building a berm, put the dry well where puddles collect, or near where water runs off your roof.
If you don't want to add a dry well but still want to divert your water underground, your other option is to add a French drain. The drain is an underground pipe that collects the water.
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To install a French drain, you'll have to dig a trench from your home to the street. Next, you will have to bury a pipe in the trench and cover it with pea gravel. Use a flexible pipe. You can top the finished product with grass or turf.