When it rains really hard, we are really concerned about flooding in our homes. Most of the time our homes are protected against flooding, but that doesn’t mean our yard and lawn are. When there are lawn drainage issues in your yard or lawn, it can cause your property to flood. Not only can this be bad for your home, but it also isn’t great for the environment either. A ton of rain can cause issues with your soil, such as soil erosion, which is when the soil begins to wear away. While soil erosion is caused by a ton of things, water is the biggest culprit. So how can I make my soil drain better? Add drainage to lawn! The best way to prevent soil erosion and have it drain better is by investing in lawn drainage. Below we will discuss how to get rid of standing water with drainage, how it works, and how it can be installed. This is an easier way to prevent flooding in your yard, as well as reduce the risk of soil erosion.
How Do You Get Rid of Standing Water in Your Yard?
So how do you get rid of standing water in your yard? There are a couple of things you can do. You can level your yard better, add more soil, plant more grass and plants, invest in rain barrels to catch rainwater, or you can get lawn drainage systems, which are relatively easy to have installed. There are a couple of drainage systems that you can use to remove standing water from your yard.
- Drainage Pipe: With a drain pipe, you are able to move standing water from your yard or lawn and away to a different place. The way that it works is that the start of the drain (where the water enters) has to be at a higher level than where it will exit. If you add the drain pipe at the lowest point, the water will be unable to move forward, this is why the drain needs to start at a higher level. It’s relatively simple to add a drainage pipe to your yard, all you need to do is dig a trench for the pipe to go, then add a drainage inlet where the drain will catch the water, and drainpipe discharge where the water will exit.
- Dry Well: Another option for homeowners to consider is a dry well. A dry well is a well that is installed underground to catch water. The water will sit in the well and flows into the ground. This way your lawn isn’t getting wet and soggy, but your soil is getting the water that it needs. Again, this type of drainage system works well when it is installed at a lower point than the house; this way it can catch the rain that is flowing down your yard. The way to install a dry well is to dig a big hole and adding the well. This type of well will need little puncture holes in it in order to release water into the soil. They will need gravel or an aggregate material installed around the well to keep dirt out of the well.
- French Drain: A french drain works exactly like a dry well, except the french drain is in pipe form. When it rains, the water will make itself into the French drain, which has tiny holes in it. This will enable the rain to move away from your lawn but into the soil through the tiny holes that are in the French drain. To install the French drain, you will need to dig a deep trench just as you would for a drainage pipe. However, the French drain will need to be installed in the areas of your lawn that get the most flooding. In order for dirt and other debris to stay out of the French drain, you will need to add gravel or another aggregate material that will filter the water from the dirt.
Out of these three choices, the most popular choice is the French drain. How much does a French drain cost? If you are installing the French drain on your own, it is going to cost a little bit more because you have to rent the equipment and buy the materials. For someone to install a French drain for you, you are looking at spending somewhere between $300 to $1,500 depending on the size of the drain.
How Do I Put Drainage in My Lawn?
So how does lawn drainage work? It works by removing water that is pooling in your yard and moving it away so that the yard doesn’t flood. As stated above you can use different types of drainage systems such as drain pipes, dry wells, and French drains to move water away from your lawn. Some homeowners even have sump pumps installed in case the flooding from your lawn becomes too severe and causes flooding in your home. For those who are interested in lawn drainage for their homes, they tend to want to know how to do lawn drainage. The answer is that you have to install whatever lawn drainage system you think will work the best for your home.
If you get flooding in certain areas of your yard, it might be a good idea to get a French drain. If your home is at a higher level than the street, you might consider having a drainage pipe installed. With each lawn drainage system, there will consist of a lot of digging. You will need to dig a trench for both French drains and drainage pipes and then a large hole if you want a dry well. You will also need the proper materials, such as PVC piping, and a perforated well for a dry well. It’s a good idea to consider PVC piping insider of copper, so you can avoid a copper pipe burst. If you are wanting more answers about drainage for your Dallas-Fort Worth, TX lawn, please call MDM Landscapes at 817-396-0125. We have the best solutions to give you better drainage for your lawn and yard.