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Top 3 Methods to Correct Yard Drainage in Rhode Island

If you notice water build-up in your yard after it rains or in the spring when the snow melts, there’s a good chance your property is suffering from drainage issues. Improper yard drainage can lead to costly repairs to your home’s foundation and other water-related issues. A professional landscaping company like BLT Landscapes understands drainage issues and how to best address the problem.

What Can Cause Yard Drainage Issues?

Homeowners may try to block sloping grounds by placing plants or mulch, installing sod at a slope, etc. Unfortunately, these DIY projects won’t last as a permanent solution and can cause further damage if improperly installed. Experienced landscapers use three common methods to ensure that your yard drainage issues disappear for good:

1. Re-Grading

Yard drainage problems often result from the way the ground slopes. Re-grading the ground around your home allows water to drain away from structures on your property, keeping your house’s foundation or basement safe from flooding and damage. Professionals use equipment like a skid loader to naturally fix bad slopes in your yard, changing the ground’s surface without a major construction project.

2. French Drains

The French drain method involves digging a trench in your yard, placing a perforated drain pipe inside, and covering it with rock or gravel. When it rains, water drips through the rocks and into the line, which directs it away from your home. This stops water from building up and causing structural issues, pooling near your gutter downspouts, or collecting on paved surfaces.

3. Dry Creek Beds

From a design standpoint, dry creek bed are one of the more attractive drainage solutions because they mimic a creek that you’d find in the wilderness. They don’t require artificial material such as the perforated drain pipe, and solve your problem with a natural look. They begin with a dug trench the length needed and sloped to disperse water to an ideal location. Depending on drainage needs, the bottom of the creek bed may be lined with fabric, poly, or pond liner, but then river rock in varying sizes is installed in and immediately around the trench.

This helps stop water pooling by giving it somewhere lower to go. You may not notice much action during a light sprinkle, but torrential rains show you the value of your dry creek bed as it redirects water that might otherwise threaten your home.

Start the Drainage Correction Process With Help From Avalon Design Group

While it may sound enticing to try yard drainage work as a DIY project, it’s best to find a professional landscaper to assess the drainage needs of your property. Reach out to the experts at Avalon Design Group today for a quote on top-rated outdoor drainage services in Rhode Island.

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