As spring approaches, an important question to ask yourself as a homeowner is: how well can your yard handle excess water? Having proper drainage can save your landscaping though the months of melting snow in winter and endless spring showers.

How can excess water cause damage?

Without effective drainage, all of the money, time, and effort put into your landscaping could go to waste. As snow melts and rain falls, erosion can wreak havoc. Erosion can quite literally wash away soil and landscaping. Beyond looking unappealing above the surface, erosion can cause your home’s foundation to shift. If your property is flat or has flat areas, excess water, called standing water, can pool and cause a number of issues. Standing water can drown grass and plants. Too much moisture in the soil can also cause plant roots to grow fungus and mold. Puddles of standing water become breeding ground for insects such as mosquitos and can cause discolored patches in your lawn.

Here at G&R Contracting, we offer four types of drainage. Before any decisions are made, we assess your yard to figure out which type of drainage would be most helpful.

Sub-Surface Drainage, also known as the “French Drain”, is an underground system that redirects water to a designated area.

Surface Drainage is just like it sounds – above ground. Slopes are created in the land to redistribute water.

Downspout Drainage consists of underground pipes that carry away rainfall as it exits home gutters.

Lastly, Foundation Drainage runs along the outer side of the foundation wall to avoid water from seeping into the foundation.

If your home doesn’t have a drainage system, contact us today to discuss which option would be best for you.