Melting winter snow and torrential spring rains like the ones we’re experiencing can be particularly hard for your yard as it fills every inch of open space with water. In both scenarios, pools of water can form and stagnate in your yard. Unless you act quickly to resolve this problem, water can get into your home’s foundation, leak into the basement, and cause problems.
The question you need to answer is: Which waterproofing measures are right for the many different lawns in St. Louis, MO? We’ll delve into this in a short while. Once you implement the right waterproofing measures, you can keep your home dry and comfortable, all the while ensuring water drains properly in your yard.
1. Grading is for all kinds of lawns
One key aspect of managing water pooling and improving drainage in the lawn is ensuring surface water does not flow toward your home’s foundation, but away from it. Any professional landscaper would see this as a no-brainer. Once your home is built, the constructor is supposed to carry out the final grading of the lawn before seeding. Proper grading will prevent water stagnation, and forestall water damage to your foundation.
Unfortunately, amateur landscapers and do-it-yourself enthusiasts make one big mistake: they fail to properly grade the lawn such that it slopes away from the house on every side. Any improvement on the lawn surface after failing to grade it correctly is more like a “knee-jerk reaction.” It’ll mask the signs but never really address the underlying waterproofing problems around the home.
2. Use plants to absorb water on a flat lawn
Growing grass on a flat yard can help you soak up water that would otherwise pool on barren ground. On a typical flat yard, ordinary grass blades are capable of soaking up enough water to prevent pooling, but this is not the right solution for lawns in the low-lying areas where water flows into the pool. Excess water can cause the grassroots to begin to rot, and the grass will die. A situation like this is not suitable for any lawn as the decaying grass can be unsightly and smelly.
If your lawn is on shallow ground where water can stagnate for a few days, then consider planting moisture-loving plants instead of ordinary grass. Such plants thrive in wet conditions and will come handy in decorating your soggy lawn. Excess water on the lawn will not cause their roots to rot. Good examples are cardinal flowers, hibiscus, sedge, sweet spire, and swamp azaleas.
3. Foundation waterproofing solutions
Grading the lawn in the right direction, diverting water before it reaches the house, and directing downspouts away from the house are other practical landscaping ways to keep water from stagnating on your lawn. While these methods are useful, the best way to ensure that your lawn doesn’t turn into a waterpark during a downpour is to design and implement a foundation waterproofing system. Your local basement or foundation contractor will install it alongside the lawn space or within the interior perimeter.
Most lawn foundation waterproofing systems are a variation of the old-fashioned yard drains, which were by the French over 200 years ago. A landscape decorator can waterproof a lawn so that rainwater does not accumulate on the lawn surface, and they do this by directing water underground or on the surface to a harvesting or collection point.
Different lawn waterproofing techniques are suitable for use in different environments and ground types. Besides being effective in preventing water pooling, the technique you use to waterproof the lawn must be eco-friendly. Any waterproofing materials you intend to use must be bio-degradable and the landscaping method should help curb erosion.If you have a soggy lawn that’s threatening to flood the basement with water, now is the time to act. Get in touch with our professionals to schedule a free waterproofing inspection of your lawn and get lasting solutions to your perennial moisture problems.