7 Backyard Landscaping Tips to Prevent Basement Flooding

Flooded Yard Summit Envrionmental SolutionsThe Weather Is Much Cooler Now And Before Spring, You Should Make Some Plans In Your Landscaping To Help Prevent Basement Flooding. As You Begin To Plan The Flowers, Plants, And Trees That Will Accent Your Garden Beds, Backyard, And Home’s Exterior, Remember There’s More To Landscaping Than Just Growing Your Curb Appeal.

Properly landscaping the perimeter of your home can help prevent water from leaching into basements and below-grade rooms during periods of increased rainfall or accidental water hazards, such as a neighbor’s above-ground pool bursting and flooding onto your property. If you’ve never taken water damage precautions via landscaping methods to help protect your home, spring and summer are a great time to do so.Landscaping Waterproofing Summit

Use the following tips to plant the seeds of your home’s future safety.

1. Grade your yard. To avoid incoming water, the ground should always slope away from your home in all direction surrounding your perimeter. You’ll need to understand the high and low points of your home and use extra dirt to slope accordingly. Have a plan in place or work with a professional to make sure vents, basement windows, pipes, drains, and other areas aren’t negatively impacted during the grading process.

2. < strong>Choose native plants. Plants that are indigenous to the region in which you live can help to prevent soil erosion while also allowing stormwater to drain more efficiently.

3. Add mulch. In garden areas graded away from your home, fill with a few inches of mulch to help keep soil in place and hold in rainwater. If mulching near your home, make sure the mulch is at least six inches from your siding to avoid moisture wicking and rotting of your home’s exterior. Also, make sure that you choose a mulch that will help aid in pest control too. Sometimes you get what you pay for when it comes to mulch. You do not want to create additional problems by purchasing mulch that will bring in unwanted bugs.

4. Plant grass. The root structure of grass can help absorb water. Once it grows in, avoid cutting your lawn too short, which weakens the roots and can lead to flooding in your yard, and possibly your home. In our area of Virginia, the best breed of grass to plant is Kentucky bluegrass. This grass is known amongst lawn care professionals for providing some of the most beautiful lawns in the region due to its dark green color and fine to medium leaf blades.

5. Create a rain garden. Rain gardens are often planted in shallow, landscaped depressions, which helps to collect stormwater as well as water that runs from your gutters and downspouts.

6. Add drainage areas near driveways. Paved driveways can quickly lead to stormwater runoff, which can increase your home’s risk for flooding. Installing a gravel or spaced paver driveway are two options, but for something less expensive, consider adding drainage next to your driveway by way of channel drains, pavers, or other landscaping-based solutions.

7. Install rain barrels. Rain barrels, which are placed at the bottom of downspouts to collect the water, are a great way to redirect moisture and protect your home from flooding. As an added bonus, rain barrels allow an eco-friendly way to water your gardens and lawn when it’s dry out, as well as decrease pollution runoff into lakes and natural waterways.

DOUBLE CHECK

Landscape Waterproofing SummitOnce you’ve completed the above list—or if you’ve already done so in the past–be sure to double check your work each season. Excessive rain, snow, or even draughts can create natural changes to your landscaping. Stay vigilant about where stormwater and groundwater is pooling to best keep your home protected from unnecessary water damage.

Once you’ve completed the above list—or if you’ve already done so in the past–be sure to double check your work each season. Excessive rain, snow, or even draughts can create natural changes to your landscaping. Stay vigilant about where stormwater and groundwater is pooling to best keep your home protected from unnecessary water damage.

Once you’ve completed the above list—or if you’ve already done so in the past–be sure to double check your work each season. Excessive rain, snow, or even draughts can create natural changes to your landscaping. Stay vigilant about where stormwater and groundwater is pooling to best keep your home protected from unnecessary water damage. If you are dealing with current water issues coming from the roof or water coming into the basement, call Summit Environmental Solutions 844-253-8080 and we will send out one of our Certified Experts at no charge to inspect and provide you with an estimate on waterproofing the home. A dry, healthy home starts with Summit. We know Basement flooding is a nightmare for any homeowner. Aside from making your basement unusable, a basement flood can ruin your personal belongings and create a serious health and safety hazard. If you have water in your basement, you need answers: what caused the flood and how can you stop it from happening again? Summit will provide you with these answers. We offer financing as well to cover the costs of waterproofing if your insurance company does not cover it.

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