As spring arrives, you can enjoy the beautiful flowers, chirping birds and warmer weather; however, with all these positives, you are also faced with additional water and rain. As a result, you may find your yard becomes swampy, soggy and otherwise unmanageable due to this excessive water which means drainage issues.

When excessive water is present, three common issues can occur:

  • Lake downspout
  • Soggy lawn swamp
  • Rainy river

Most of these can be rectified by installing some type of Kansas City drainage system. However, taking the DIY approach is likely not going to have a favorable outcome or one that is highly efficient and effective. Learning a bit more about the problems and the best solution for each can help you manage the water in your yard this spring.

The Lake Downspout

The first issue that usually occurs is the lake downspout. You should take some time to determine why water is building up close to your gutter downspout. Is the ground tilted toward the house so the water is unable to flow away? Does the downspout have more water coming from it than others nearby? In some cases, the best solution for this issue is to extend downspouts. This will take the water away from the problem area and most importantly, the foundation of your home.

Soggy Lawn Swamp

Is there a soggy area in your yard? This could be under your deck, near the house or in a seemingly insignificant area in the middle of the yard. Take some time to consider the surroundings of the area. Is the swamp near garden or flower beds? Is it filling an area below or above your retaining wall? Is it stretched across your driveway or along the edge of the patio? In many cases, the installation of a French drain will be ideal for these areas. Be sure to try to direct the water to a nearby drainage ditch or another non-populated area. The last thing you want to do is have water flow into your neighbor’s yard.

The Rainy River

This will typically begin after the other two problem areas have formed. Follow the path of this so-called river and see where it starts, what is feeding it and where it ends up. If possible, have a catch basin installed where the water is coming from, or where it winds up. The key here is to direct the flow off of your property and minimize the damage these rivers can cause.

In some cases, it can be difficult to determine what drainage solution is right for your property. If this is the case, it is best left for professional drainage evaluation. They will be able to minimize excess water issues, keeping your lawn, home, and foundation safe. In some cases, it will be necessary to install a variety of drainage solutions, but this will be determined by how severe the problems are and what needs to be done to correct them.