Diagnosing Drainage Problems Your Landscaping Diagnosing Drainage Problems Your Landscaping

What You'll Need
Trash Bags
Pressure Washer
Downspout Extension

Proper drainage for the surrounding landscape of a home is one of the most important things to identify. If you identify drainage problems early on, you can prevent both minor and major problems to the integrity of your home’s construction. A poorly drained yard, among many other things, can cause foundation problems. It can promote the collection of water and the development of mosquitoes. Here are a few things to do in order to identify whether your home has a drainage problem:

Step 1 – Check Your Gutters

Check your gutters first. If they are not properly installed that should be the first thing you do. Next, check to make sure the gutters are clean. A clean gutter system will create proper drainage from rain, snow and other moisture that collects on and over your roofline.

Take your ladder and lean it against the house. Make sure someone is there to spot you or to hold the ladder. Climb the ladder and inspect the length of the gutter. Remove any leaves or debris from the gutter. Continue to each corner or side and each level of your home that has gutters. At the same time, consider using a light power washing technique to remove any mold or moss from the interior or exterior of your gutter system.

Step 2 – Check the Downspouts

If your downspouts are not clean, you will need to take your downspouts apart to identify if there is something blocking or clogging up the downspout space. Use a screw driver to pull the downspouts apart. Inspect inside the downspouts and remove any debris. Reattach the downspout to the gutter system. Go to your local hardware or home improvement store and purchase downspout extension pieces. Attach the extensions to the end of the down spout. This will prevent excess accumulation of water and moisture by the foundation of your home. It will encourage and direct the water collecting from your roof, away from the foundation of the home.

Step 3 – Re-slope Landscaping

Sometimes your landscaping promotes the collection of water. It also sometimes is not properly sloped. A properly sloped landscaping design will make sure that water is directed away from the exterior foundation of the home. The landscaping will also make sure the water is directed towards a storm drain or a sewage system to reduce the amount of puddles and standing or still water in and around your home’s yard.

Step 4 – Remove Excess Mulch

Mulch is sometimes responsible for trapping in excess moisture. If you notice substantial water in your gardens you either should reduce the amount of water you apply to your garden or you should remove some of the excess mulch. Take a rake and rake away some of the mulch. Apply the excess mulch to barren or bald areas in your garden. This should promote an even flow of water throughout your garden areas.

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