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Drainage System Problems and Solutions

Drainage System Problems and Solutions

Standing water is no fun in your yard. With heavy summer rains, you’ll want to look for a good drainage solution.

In Maryland’s temperate, humid climate, April showers precede June thunderstorms and heavy summer rains. It is an ample opportunity for rainwater to swamp roads and people’s yards. While you may want to enjoy your backyard more often, rainfall may present the problem of a puddle-filled landscape. With the right drainage system, however, you can steer clear of puddles, thwart the fear of flooding, and dry up those soggy spaces.

Types of Drainage Problems

Your type of drainage problem may have to do with the type of soil the land is. In Maryland, sandy, clay, and loamy (a mixture) types of soils make up the central region. In landscaping terms, three types of problems are surface water, hardpan, and high water table. 

Surface water occurs in areas with clay soil. Clay soil becomes sticky when it gets wet and is not naturally a well-draining soil. For this reason, it may let water stay on the surface instead of seeping into the ground. Surface water may also happen due to the builders’ mistakes in the grade. There is a failure to create the flow of excess water as it should flow.

The solution to install a French drain. A French drain is generally a trench dug to some depth filled with gravel. A protective layer is placed on top of this followed by a layer of topsoil. The surrounding area is modified to drain the water into this area. With the French drain, water can flow down into the deeper, more porous soil.

Hardpan is another problem. Hardpan is a thick soil impervious to water found below the ground’s top layer of dirt. This is cause for widespread standing water and needs a larger scale solution than just a spot treatment. 

An underground system of plastic piping is one of the best solutions. Similarly to the French drain, the system can drain into an underground, gravel-filled trench if there is no public drainage sump nearby.

High water table is a third type of drainage problem. It occurs in low-lying lands. The solution for high standing water is to plant water-loving plants in the area. Native trees, shrubs, grasses, and herbaceous plants that naturally grow in marshy areas will thrive there and reduce the sogginess of the land. 

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