4 Warning Signs that Your Yard Needs Drainage Improvement

An efficient water drainage system is vital for a healthy yard and a stable foundation. If you suspect a water drainage problem in your yard, contact a professional excavation company to help assess the situation and re-grade your yard. Here are some of the warning signs that your water drainage isn't working as it should:

1. Pooling Water

The first and most obvious sign of a water drainage problem is when water starts to pool on the surface of your lawn after rainfall or a watering session. If your drainage is inefficient, the water will have nowhere to go and just sit on your lawn.

Note that other issues may cause water to pool in your yard. For instance, your lawn may slope in the wrong direction, or there could be an issue with your gutters. As such, you should always consult a landscaping professional to diagnose your problem accurately.

2. Waterlogged Soil

If your lawn feels spongy when you walk on it or seems to constantly be moist or muddy, it's likely because the water has nowhere to go. This issue may prevent your grass from getting the oxygen it needs to grow, leading to a patchy and unhealthy lawn. Additionally, waterlogged soil is the perfect breeding ground for pests and diseases. If your lawn is persistently waterlogged, take action quickly to protect your property.

3. Erosion

If you notice that your lawn is starting to wash away, erosion is the most likely cause. This issue happens when water isn't draining properly and is allowed to flow over the same spot on your lawn repeatedly. The water will eventually start to erode the grass, soil, and other materials, causing them to wash away. Furthermore, if you have any hardscapes on your property, such as a patio or walkway, erosion can destabilize and damage them. 

Leaks in Your Home's Foundation

In extreme cases, inadequate drainage may cause water to seep into your home's foundation. Water may pool around your home's foundation, leading to cracks and leaks. Additionally, the water may start to erode the soil around your foundation, causing it to become unstable.

Poor property grading is the primary cause of inadequate yard drainage. Water will flow toward your home if your property isn't graded correctly. Such a development can cause significant water damage in and around your home. If you see any of the above signs, contact professional excavation services to improve your drainage system.