Outdoor Drainage Solutions

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Posted on March 8, 2022 by Jeremiah Sooter

Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or you’ve owned several homes, there is one thing certain; it’s an investment worthy of your time and attention. A venture into responsibilities of upkeep and improvements.

But when it comes to the lawn, some homeowners might overlook problem areas like outdoor drainage around a home’s foundation or low spots in the yard where water pools, or worse, erode the ground beneath your driveway.

Elusive problems like lawn and garden erosion or weather heaving can impact driveways, patios, and sidewalks making water a homeowner’s biggest enemy. Without proper drainage to protect the structural integrity of your home and property, water is going to be the most destructive force to your home.

With proper expertise and installation, drainage systems can redirect water away from your home’s foundation and lawn to get it moving along productively to make positive environmental contributions.

Common Outdoor Drainage Solutions

To combat Mother Nature’s wrath, homeowners need to be on the lookout for signs of outdoor drainage problems and build a relationship with a team of experts to help you create a sound foundation around the home.

Some of the most common solutions for helping homeowners develop a solid outdoor drainage system can be the French drain, but many homeowners think that is the go-to solution that is the most aesthetically pleasing. But that is not the case.

To help you better understand, we’ll talk briefly about the function and importance of three standard outdoor drainage solutions for folks living in the four states area.

The French Drain

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When it comes to French drains, it’s best to consider their form and function over their visual appeal. For example, if you see water forming puddles around the foundation of your home, it may be that a French drain is a solution to redirect the flow of water away from your home’s foundation.

To be confident your choice is correct, consider talking with an expert in outdoor drainage. Lawn professionals can share more about how a French drain functions and if that solution is right for your outdoor drainage problem. Many landscape experts will come out to your home to do a thorough inspection at no cost to you. They can outline the best, most affordable, long-term solutions that will last as long as you own your home.

A Berm

If you are a homeowner battling seasonal flooding or unexpected flooding that washes out your lawn, garden, or flowerbed, a berm is a fantastic option. The function of a berm, or a built-up ridge, is diverting the flow of water around and away from the area of continued destruction.

Although this drainage solution doesn’t sound particularly appealing, it has a hidden function that some homeowners miss, such as noise reduction from nearby roads.


Another top drainage solution for many homeowners is regrading. Unfortunately, the signs of poor grading are not always that obvious. But there are a few things to keep an eye on around the outside of your home.

  • Spongy lawn can indicate oversaturation. Meaning water is not draining correctly.
  • Bugs, like mosquitoes, are signs of standing water.
  • Dead grass is a big sign you have a drainage problem.

Drainage pros can help you better assess whether regrading is even necessary. For example, it may be that only part of your lawn needs regrading. So don’t let the word, regrading, scare you into thinking that your entire property needs overhauling.

Ground Up Services’ Solutions

Homeowners living in the four states region face many outdoor drainage problems. If you notice standing water in and around your home, you need the experts at Ground Up Services to help you make the most affordable and sound decisions for your outdoor drainage solutions outside your home. So contact your Ground Up team to get started today to get your water drainage moving along.