Keep It Away From My House!
Alleviating flooded yards is another challenge in many neighborhoods. Whether it’s low spots in your yard, suffering from built up gravel alleys or being the lowest house on the block, standing water in your yard is a nagging problem in our area. One common way to minimize this problem is by adding soil and re-pitching the yard. Remember, you cannot push your water onto your neighbors! The re-grading and pitching would have to allow for the water to move toward the alley or street. Another way to remove standing water is to store the water below ground using underground dry vaults that store and allow water to seep into the ground or be reclaimed using a system that stores the water and allows it to be reused for watering your garden or running a water feature like a pondless waterfall or bubbling rock.
Finally, if you can’t move the water off your property, think about pitching it to a corner of the yard and creating a rain garden. Here you will need to be careful to select plants that can tolerate both wet conditions as well as dry, for those times when we have not had rains.
While not all drainage can be corrected by techniques discussed in this article, many can.
In more serious cases, one may have to actively pump the water out of the yard or have a sump pit installed by a licensed plumber.