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DIY Yard Drainage

Many yards suffer from some sign of drainage system failure. From standing water to moisture intrusion in the home, backyard drainage problems can cause many issues for homeowners. Read on to discover what you can do to improve your yard drainage system.

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Signs Of Drainage Failure

Homeowners should perform routine home and yard inspections to make sure that yard drainage systems are operating correctly.

Obvious drainage issues such as standing and pooling water are easier to spot, but there are also things homeowners can look out for. Excess moisture can often lead to pest infestation, so check your yard for signs of nests or mosquitos.


Over-saturation of water can also cause vegetation to die and landscaping to suffer. Faulty drainage systems can cause damage to plants and the appearance of the yard, but it can also cause costly internal damage.

When rainwater enters the home, it can cause the structural material to warp, rot, or mold. Check crawl space walls for signs of water or salt deposit. Be on the lookout for any strong and musty smells. They could indicate potentially harmful bacteria, fungi, mold, or mildew.

Routine Yard Maintenance

Fortunately, there are many steps that homeowners can take to see an improvement in their backyard drainage. Drains need to be kept clear by being regularly snaked. Inspect your drains for blockage and clear out any debris. Additionally, make sure that your downspouts are pointed away from your home at an appropriate angle. Water needs to be directed away from the property foundation. When gutter water runoff is directed too close to the home, it can enter the structure and cause damage.

DIY Solutions

Some drainage system solutions can be DIY projects if you have the time, patience, and knowledge for addressing minor drainage problems. Homeowners can adjust gutters and downspouts for easy spot solution treatments. They can also evaluate the soil in the yard and mix in fast-drying soil to assist with removing excess water.

There are aesthetic steps that homeowners can take to incorporate DIY drainage solutions into their yard. Homeowners can build a raised or terraced garden in sections of the yard that have difficulty draining. Ponds can also be incorporated into the landscape as a creative and attractive way to collect excess water. Rocks can be used to create a low wall, which can help direct the flow of excess water. These changes can help with redirecting extra water to prevent oversaturated yards and water intrusion in the home.

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When To Get Help

While there are many steps homeowners can take to maintain a healthy yard, sometimes it’s important to call in the professionals.

Professional help can be invaluable for homeowners, as expertise goes a long way in creating permanent drainage system solutions. 

Consulting with a contractor can also save time for the homeowner, as the contractor can be in charge of routine maintenance duties such as regular gutter and drainage cleanings and system checks.

If you feel as though your yard maintenance work is too time-consuming or that your efforts have still not solved your drainage system problem, it is likely time to call in help. While some aspects of yard drainage can be attended to in a DIY manner, more serious backyard drainage problems require professional solutions.

Consulting with a professional will help you find a drainage system that meets the exact needs of the property. This will permanently solve issues with your yard drainage and prevent problems from reoccurring and causing costly damage.

Professional Solutions

While DIY solutions can rectify minor issues, drainage system installation is a process that should be handled professionally. If DIY solutions aren’t addressing the drainage failure, it’s time to consider a professional drainage system installation. Many different drainage system options can address specific yard drainage problems.

French drains are popular drainage solutions for dealing with excess rainwater. Channel and trench drains are great options for quickly clearing large quantities of water. Additionally, hillside homes and homes with basements benefit greatly from sump pump installations. Another professional solution for aiding backyard and garden drainage systems is soil grading techniques. A professional evaluation will be able to evaluate if one solution or a combination of solutions will best suit the yard.

Drainage System Benefits

Whether your yard requires a French drain or simple spot solutions, having a healthy drainage system is key to maintaining your property. Drainage system issues can cause standing water to kill vegetation and mud to create a nightmare for those who have children or dogs. It can also lead to costly problems with the structure of the home, in severe cases damaging the home foundation. Additionally, excess moisture in the home can cause health problems when issues such as mold or bacteria arise.

Therefore, investing in the right drainage system for your yard is very important. Fortunately, many aspects of yard drainage maintenance can be taken care of in a DIY manner. However, calling in a professional is necessary for larger projects and to ensure that the yard drainage system is operating as smoothly as possible.

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Why Us?

At California Foundation Works, it’s our mission to keep greater Los Angeles homes safe one building at a time. We offer repair, replacement, installation, and renovation services for both homes and commercial buildings, as well as full drainage system services.

From dealing with standing water to securing your home against seismic activity, we’re your one-stop-shop for home repair services in Los Angeles. Call today to get started on your next home project!

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