Did you know that one of the most common landscape problems homeowners face is poor drainage? If left uncorrected, improper drainage can result in structural damage to your foundation, a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes, and property erosion. Thus, you’ll want to take steps to avoid any drainage issues. 

To prevent water damage, it’s essential to install the correct drainage system for your home. Here are some of the popular drainage options and their best uses; 

Swale Drain

One surface drainage system option is a swale drain. With their broad and shallow openings, swale drains are similar to ditches. The difference? A swale drain is covered with turf grass or vegetation to blend in with the rest of your landscape. Swale drains help control the flow of water runoff by slowly filtering it into the soil, preventing puddling or flooding. They help prevent soil erosion and overloading your drainage system, thus decreasing the chance of structural issues. 

French Drain

Another drainage option is the French drain. Considered the basis of modern drainage systems, French drains are a sub-surface system that involves digging ditches and installing underground pipes around your house. The ditch is about four feet deep and lined with gravel with perforated pipes underneath where the water collects. The collected water flows into a connected outlet (usually a swale or storm sewer) installed further from your home. A French drain helps divert water runoff away from your home and its foundation.

Trench Drains

Similar to a French drain, trench drains consist of a simple ditch or trench. The difference is that a trench drain has a grate covering it, preventing foreign objects and debris from falling into the drain. Unlike other systems, trench drains are found on paved surfaces such as patios and pool areas and often blend in with the design scheme. They redirect water runoff away from the paved area to help prevent damage. 

The right drainage system depends on your landscaping needs and desires. Including a drainage system as part of your landscape is essential. It will not only help protect your yard from excessive water damage, but it will also protect your home and foundation.

Every property has unique characteristics that could cause drainage issues. The experts at A.M. Woodland Outdoor Design can create a customized plan to address your drainage issues. To set up your consultation, give us a call at 847-224-2167 (IL) / 262-287-7600 (WI) today!