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Importance of Proper Drainage in Your Yard

By: Danny Lipford

Whenever it rains, we have standing water in our yard. Is this a problem, and what should we do about it? -Emily

Standing water and poor drainage in your yard can cause several serious problems, including:

  • Attracting and increasing mosquitoes in your yard.
  • Causing fungus and other diseases in your lawn.
  • Allowing water to seep into your basement or crawlspace.

To fix drainage problems in your yard:

  • Fill in any low spots in your yard with topsoil.
  • Slope the ground next to the foundation away from your house.
  • Make sure planting bed borders aren’t preventing water from draining away from your foundation.

Watch this video to find out more.


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Video Transcript

Emily Asks: Every time it rains, we have standing water all around the back patio. Is there a way to stop this?

Danny Lipford: Having water pond around your house anywhere is not a good idea, even out in the yard. This can attract mosquitoes, and it’ll certainly encourage fungus and disease growth in your yard. And that means a lot of dead grass, just like we have here.

Even more importantly, you don’t want the water ponding next to your house. That can affect the integrity of the ground; and, sooner or later, you’re going to have some foundation settling. That’s not a good idea. Also, water next to your foundation, can force its way into your basement, creating a really wet basement.

Now, the solution is simply to spread dirt around the perimeter of your house and grade it, so that it encourages the water to move immediately away from the house. Also, make sure your landscaping is not acting as a dam to prevent that water from flowing away.


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  • Florie Says:
    November 17th, 2018 at 5:43 pm
    My house has a sub pump when it raining we’ve to close the valve behind the washer otherwise sewer water will come in! Last week we open the valve so we can wash clothes,there was about half a cup came out of the valve. The city tried to clear it on the public sewer line but didn’t solve issues so we called the plumbers and they run a snake type of tools and he said it stop about 15 foot from the house.
    So they said the pipes maybe had collapsed and the will dig the yard Monday,but we can’t wash 2 full loads,I wonder if he’s being honest.Im so scared for the water to back up,we going to have more than a dozen people for Thanksgiving

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    November 9th, 2018 at 6:08 pm

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  • Elaine Brown Says:
    November 8th, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    This was excellent in assisting us with our program with our standing water. It was carrying approximately 12feet through our back yard and killing our grass from the left side of our garden area. My garden I’d beautiful until heavy rain. We had tried everything until I read this article! Such a magnificent French Drain. It has been raining for 3 days….No Problems! Thank you from The Country Garden!

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    September 26th, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Hi, Mark,
    Here’s information about French drains. This might be a simple solution for the problem:
    Good luck!

  • Mark Says:
    September 18th, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    My neighbor(catercorner from me) put in a pool too close to his fence and now when it rains I get water backing up , by my fence, ( where I have cavern stones) .I have rods and screws in my neck, is there any way , besides putting in a drain, that I can easily , get the water moving.

    Thank You

  • Betty Derricott Says:
    February 13th, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Our front yard has no grass – landscaped with ornamental grasses, perennials and bark dust. Water gathers in middle of yard away from house but somehow gets into the basement. We suspect it follows a plumbing pipe. Do we need to dig down to pipe and put gravel under it? Ground is clay. Thank You so much.

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Importance of Proper Drainage in Your Yard