As a homeowner or business property manager in North Carolina, you’re probably familiar with the weather patterns that can wreak havoc on the drainage of your property. Whether it’s heavy rainfall or the occasional snow melt, drainage problems can lead to a range of issues, from flooded basements to water damage and mold growth. Luckily, there are several solutions to address poor yard drainage. In this post, we’ll go over the top four yard drainage solutions for North Carolina properties, so you can make an informed decision about your property’s needs.
French drains are one of the most popular and effective yard drainage solutions. Essentially, a French drain is a trench filled with gravel or clear rock rock that redirects water away from your property. French drains can be installed around the perimeter of your house, along the foundation, or in low-lying areas where water tends to accumulate. The trench is lined with a pipe (either perforated or non-perforated) that directs water away from your property to a catch basin or designated area.
Dry Creek Beds
Dry creej beds are an aesthetically pleasing solution for yards with heavy water flow. They mimic the shape and flow of a natural creek bed and are designed to control water flow and alleviate erosion. The bed is built with a trench lined with river rock in various sizes to create natural water flow. Dry creek beds are eco-friendly, low maintenance and can enhance your yard’s overall design.
A rain garden is a unique way to address yard drainage issues while also benefiting the environment. The idea behind a rain garden is to create a shallow depression in your yard that captures and filters rainwater. The garden is filled with plants and soil that absorb and filter water, reducing runoff and replenishing groundwater. Rain gardens can be an attractive addition to your yard, and many cities and counties offer incentives for homeowners who install them.
Grading is the process of leveling your yard to create a slope that directs water away from your property. For most projects this involves removing and replacing the landscaping if water is infiltrating your home or other structure. It’s best to hire a professional for this task as it is requires specialty equipment such as a skid loader and laser level along with trained technicians in order to ensure a proper slope.
Many properties have an extensive gutter system but if the water is dispersed near the foundation, water can easily pool up during a heavy rain event. Installing a downspout helps send the water further away from structures and into a more suitable location.