Unfortunately, you could have drainage problems on your Person County and Granville County, NC, property and not know it. It’s all too easy to overlook the risk of water drainage problems when you are not seeing them firsthand—but one big heavy rainstorm could change all that. Here is why you need to be proactive about potential drainage issues or address known problems.
Eliminates Standing Water
One of the first signs that you have a drainage problem is if you notice standing water, usually after heavy rain. Not only is the standing water in your lawn an eyesore, but it can cause problems that no homeowner wants to deal with.
Standing water can be the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. You want to be able to spend time outside without having pesky insects biting you, your family, and your friends. A proper drainage system can help to prevent this problem.
Another issue can involve simply having muddy puddles in your yard. If you have dogs, this can be a nightmare every time they go outside and decide to roll around in the mud before coming back inside.
Prevents Water Damage
You may not realize the extent of the damage that standing water can have both on your landscape and on your home. When a severe storm hits, if the water does not have a path of proper drainage, it can make its way into the home through cracks in the foundation. Not only can it cause further damage to the foundation, but you may be left with a flooded basement, which presents a series of ongoing problems, including the potential for mold and mildew growth.
If water is allowed to pool on outdated walkways, it can cause damage and cracks. Not to mention, no one wants to step in a puddle of water. Water on the walkways can also become slippery if it turns to ice and dangerous to walk on. Proper water mitigation will prevent a number of headaches caused by water damage.
Prevents Soil Erosion
Standing water can result in topsoil getting washed away. This can make a foundation more vulnerable to damage, such as cracks in walls or ceilings, bowing basement walls, or even a slanted or sagging floor.
On a smaller scale, in terms of damage, plants can also be affected when topsoil is washed away because the essential nutrients in the soil have also washed away. In addition, when the quality of the soil decreases, plants can become much more vulnerable to pests and disease.
Maintains a Lush Landscape
If there is too much water in the soil, this can cause plant roots to rot and die. When grass is overwatered, it can turn yellow and bare. If you want to maintain a lush landscape at your home, you will need to ask about proper drainage in your landscape and whether any improvements are necessary. When proper care is given, your plants will be green and happy!