Removing Standing Water From Your Property Exterior

Removing Standing Water From Your Property Exterior
28 Jul 2022

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Standing water around the perimeter of your property is an issue, and depending on how quickly you tackle it – it might be a simple repair, or you might find it’s going to be more costly.

Standing water might just look like a couple of puddles, but over time you might notice mosquitoes breeding, cracks in the pavement, soggy patches of grass, and maybe even issues with the foundations of your home.

It can be a nightmare.

So how can you spot it and solve it?

Soil drainage

Our lawns are responsible for most of the drainage around the property’s exterior – so if you spot puddles that seem to increase in size, it is time to take action. Poorly draining soil might be because you have soil that has a higher clay level. The clay won’t let the water drain, so switching to sandy soil or loam can be helpful.

Installing a perimeter drain system can take the strain off the mud and ultimately offer a better long-term solution.


Over time you might notice that dips are forming in your driveway, or around the property. They will naturally begin to collect more and more water. If the dips are caused because you are at the base of a hill, consider either a French drain or a dry creek.

You should take action quickly with this one, as this has the potential to cause issues with the foundations of the house pretty quickly.

French drains: a perforated drain pipe that moves excess water.

Dry creek: a path of gravel that looks like a natural creek bed and helps water to run off.

These solutions are ideal for houses at the base of a hill or with a downward slope.


Good drainage relies on your lawn; even when the soil is okay, the water won’t drain well if the grass and roots aren’t permeable (or have holes in them like many lawn care companies do).

Choosing a permeable lawn from the start is the best idea, but if it is too late, call a lawn care company to make some changes.


Overwatering the lawn and surrounding plants is much more common than you might think! If you water your plants and grass too often, there will not be enough time for good drainage, and the water will begin to stack up!

If you use a sprinkler or irrigation system, it can be beneficial to make some adjustments to ensure that it runs more efficiently.

Overwatering is easy to fix, but it might take a while to spot, so if you see any standing water, the first thing to do is reduce the amount of water you give the lawn.

Standing water can cause many issues to the property but is also detrimental to health. Taking care of it at the earliest opportunity is best for your property and family.

There are many ways to make your property’s exterior beautiful; here are a few more: Front And Back: 3 Tips to Boost Your Home’s Exterior.

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