Regular backyard flooding can lead to groundwater seeping into your basement, possibly leading to damage. At that point you may need to call a professional to help. If you have a backyard that floods with even moderate rain, try some of these tips to keep the water out of your house.
French drains are made by digging a trench that, ideally, goes deeper into the ground than your house. A perforated pipe is laid in the ditch and then covered with gravel. The drain works by filtering solids out of the water through the gravel and holes in the pipe, and redirecting it away from your house.
A dry well works much like a French drain, but instead of just redirecting the water it stores it for a time, and then slowly releases it over a number of days. The first step is to dig a hole large enough to collect storm water. At this point, you have a few options. The easiest is to fill the hole with loose gravel to keep it from collapsing, but the gravel will take up most of the storage space. Another option is to install a pre-made dry well with perforated sides to allow water in. The well gives the hole structure and offers more containment space than filling the hole with gravel.
Installing a sump pump is effective, but expensive. This method is basically the same as a dry well, except with a sump pump installed in the hole to mechanically pump out the water as it fills with water. The water is then redirected out of the yard and away from the house. Sump pumps can also be installed in homes with unfinished basements to help when flooding occurs.
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