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3 Common Erosion & Drainage Problems (and Solutions) for North TX Homeowners

Jack Moore
Aug 27, 2020 10:38:59 AM

Water has the potential power to do a lot of harm, particularly if you are dealing with a yard drainage concern. Standing water can make the yard swampy and unusable while also attracting unwanted pests like mosquitoes.

But problems can also arise from a sudden “rush” of water that comes from a storm on a property that doesn’t have drainage solutions in place. Erosion control is important as you don’t want an influx of water to wash out your landscaping or cause other concerns.

That’s why we’re looking at some of the common erosion and drainage issues that ought to be on your radar.

1. It Could be as Simple as Overwatering (or Incorrect Watering)

Sometimes a standing water problem is as simple as a poor watering technique. You might be inadvertently overwatering your lawn or landscape or landscape and now you’ve got an excess of water on the property. This might even be a problem that is out of your control, such as a leaky irrigation system that is putting out more water than it should be.

irrigation sprinkler head

Overwatering or watering improperly can lead to erosion and drainage problems if the output is not corrected. Fortunately, it’s also a simple problem to fix. Improving your watering technique or fixing a malfunctioning irrigation system may be enough to correct the issue, if that’s all that’s going on.

However, if you’ve made adjustments to your watering habits or fixed an irrigation issue, and you’re still seeing drainage and erosion problems, you’ll need another solution.

2. Drainage Off the Roof Can Wreak Havoc

If your drainage woes are happening after rainfall, it could be that the water coming off of the roof is causing trouble.

Given that the roof is impenetrable, it will capture quite a bit of rainfall and force it into a downspout. When the water exits the downspout it’s often coming out in a fast stream that can cause a significant amount of soil erosion. Since the Northern Texas weather pattern often means we’ll go through periods of drought and then have these big rainfalls with lots of rain all at once, this is a common concern. The rushing water created from one of these big storms can lead to a lot of hassles and headaches.

The best solution for erosion control in this case is to extend the drainage system away from the landscape and into an area where it’s not going to cause problems. It might involve connecting pipes to downspouts and diverting water away from the house, likely to the lowest point in the yard such as a common area where other homes are also draining.

Professional landscaper connecting downspout to drainage tile

Water is going to take the path of least resistance and with the right drainage solution, you can send it where it won’t negatively impact your property.

3. Your Neighbors Water Woes Could Be Yours, Too

A lot of properties in North Texas are close together in a way that a yard drainage issue on one property can easily cause trouble for a neighbor. At Grassperson, we work with a lot of subdivisions where the homes are close together and water woes are shared.

Oftentimes you see these properties set up in a way where the area between the two homes ends up being where water is pooling because it’s not draining well. But this area may become sloshy and totally unusable.

An effective yard solution for a problem like this may be a French drain. This involves the creation of a gravel-filled trench that includes a perforated or slotted pipe for drainage. It is used to direct surface water or groundwater away from the home or from any area where it can cause problems.

Being Proactive About Yard Drainage and Erosion Control

The fact of the matter is, drainage and erosion control services are a “pay me now or pay me later” scenario.

If you have an uncorrected drainage issue on your property, it’s not just going to just go away. In fact, it’s only going to get worse. You might only be biding your time until a really heavy rainfall puts your problem over the edge and causes serious damage.

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The idea is to be proactive and to identify where you might have yard drainage issues and fix them before it causes a major concern. If you wait, it can only become more costly.

Being proactive with drainage and erosion control is a lot more cost effective in the long run. While a typical drain line, connected to a downspout and directed away from your landscaping is in the $500 to $1,000, replacing a landscape that has been decimated could easily cost thousands of dollars (plus a lot of hassles and headaches).

Even worse, if misdirected water pools around the foundation of your home, you could end up having a more serious issue if water makes its way inside. You certainly want to do what you can to prevent these issues in the first place.

Implementing Drainage and Erosion Control Services

Instead, working with a landscape professional that understands yard drainage can help get you on a path to improvements that will provide you with peace of mind.

At Grassperson, we want you to feel confident in having the best property on the block and with that comes the responsibility of helping you to identify potential drainage and erosion problems and implementing solutions that can prevent worst-case scenarios.

Grassperson manager fixing erosion control problem

Investing a little bit on the front-end can really save you in the long run if a potential drainage concern is identified. That means you can go on having a great-looking property, even when Mother Nature tries to throw you a curveball. Water woes do not need to get in your way!

Don’t let water worries get the best of you at your Flower Mound, Highland Village, or Lewisville, TX home. Get a free quote and get ready to enjoy the best property on the block!

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