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Drainage 101: Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Water Accumulation

A common concern for many homeowners! Getting water off your property can be a challenge, but there are several steps you can take to mitigate water accumulation and prevent water-related issues. Here are some suggestions:

1. Improve Grading and Slope: Ensure your yard slopes away from your home to prevent water from accumulating around the foundation. A minimum slope of 1-2% (1-2 feet of fall per 100 feet of distance) is recommended.

2. Install a French Drain: A French drain is a trench filled with gravel and a perforated pipe that redirects water away from your property. You can install one around your home’s perimeter or in areas where water tends to collect.

3. Use Swales or Rain Gardens: Create shallow ditches or depressions (swales) or plant rain gardens in low-lying areas to capture and filter rainwater. These features can help slow down water flow and allow it to infiltrate the soil.

4. Install a Sump Pump and Backup System: If you have a basement or crawlspace, consider installing a sump pump and backup system to remove water that accumulates in these areas.

5. Improve Gutters and Downspouts: Ensure your gutters are clean, securely attached, and functioning properly. Install gutter guards to prevent debris accumulation. Extend downspouts at least 3-4 feet away from your home’s foundation to prevent water from seeping back towards the house.

6. Use Permeable Pavers or Pavement: Replace traditional pavement with permeable pavers or pavement to allow rainwater to infiltrate the soil.

7. Plant Water-Loving Vegetation: Incorporate plants that thrive in wet conditions, such as rain gardens or bog gardens, to help absorb excess water.

8. Install a Water Collection System: Consider installing a rainwater harvesting system to collect and store rainwater for non-potable uses, such as watering plants or washing cars.

9. Seal Cracks and Joints: Ensure your home’s foundation, walls, and pavement are free from cracks and joints that can allow water to seep in.

10. Regular Maintenance: Regularly inspect your property for signs of water accumulation and address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.

Remember to always follow local regulations and consult with professionals if you’re unsure about the best approach for your specific situation.

Do you have any specific concerns or areas of your property that you’re struggling with? Please reach out to our team, servicing the following communities: Fenton, St. Louis, Ladue, Chesterfield, St. Charles, and Lake St. Louis.