4 Tips For Preventing Backyard Flooding

Keeping up a home is so much more than just making sure the heating works and the roof doesn’t leak. You’ve got a back, front, and side yard to worry about too. Weather can be unpredictable, and circumstances can change, so it may be once you’re already moved in before you realize you have a problem with your yard flooding. Below are a few tips and tricks to try and improve the situation.

Add Back Some Ground

This first solution is the easiest: try and improve the flooding in your yard by adding mulch or topsoil to where it is pooling. Hopefully, this, like the ground, will soak up some of the rain and stop it from collecting in the grass. Although topsoil sits on top of the ground, you can also try sand which will actually penetrate into the ground. Sand is particularly good for earth that is heavy in clay.

When all is said in done however, keep in mind that doing this will require you to replant grass in this area once it is dried out.

Install Some Help

If your yard requires something a little more than adding mulch, topsoil, or sand, you will want to look into having something professional installed to help with drainage. There are two different things you can put into your yard to help with drainage: a dry well, or french drain. You can always try DIYing, but it may be better to call a contractor and make sure it is done correctly and promptly.

To keep your yard looking great, cover these features with gravel or another kind of porous paving stone, but as always discuss with a professional first.

A Dry Well is an underground structure that works right along with gravity to spread excess water through the ground. You can try to fill a large hole with gravel or rocks, but it is more effective and better to have a concrete cylinder put into the ground, so that more water can be taken in at once.

French Drains have been around for a long time. It is a trench which is filled with gravel that contains pipe that redirects water away from whatever area you choose. For problems with surface water, the drain should not have to be very deep into the ground.


The problem that some home owners run into is a poor paving situation. A damaged or poor pave job not only looks unattractive, but it can lead to flooding elsewhere when no water is soaked into the ground, instead forced into drainage.

Consider repaving an area with permeable pavers, gravel, pervious concrete, or bricks. These materials allow for more water to seep into the ground below, and quicker, because of their porous nature or the small spaces in between that they leave.

Another way to greatly reduce flooding and overflow of drainage, is to repave so, or take out, the middle strip of your driveway. Only your tires touch the surface, so the middle section goes untouched anyways. This way the area in the center can be planted with grass and can assist with soaking up rain water or melting snow.

Put in a Pond

If you thought adding ground back to an area was easy, then you will like this solution too, even though it is the opposite. If you can’t beat them, join them! There is no reason you can not put in a man made pond in the area that keeps flooding! This way you solve your problem, as well as getting a lovely new feature in your yard to enjoy.

These tips were provided by Richmond Asphalt Paving. The company, owned by Gene George, has been providing asphalt and concrete paving service in the Central Virginia area for years. You can find out more about their experience at .

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