Downers Grove Yard Drainage Experts

Downers Grove residents like to protect their investment in their homes, especially given that the weather presents continuous challenges in the form of snow, rain, and even the occasional flood. 

Proper water drainage may not be at the top of your list of home improvement priorities; however, if you have standing water, it very well could be one of the most important improvements you ever make.

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This is a little background on what causes drainage problems, and how the Downers Grove yard drainage experts at Ware can help you with the right drainage solution for your property. 

What Causes Drainage Problems?

Resolving drainage problems is first a matter of determining the cause or causes of pooled water that fails to drain from your property. These are some possible causes of drainage issues on your property: 

  1. Excessive rain/snowfall: In some cases, excessive snow or rainfall may cause water to accumulate on your lawn, even if it is properly graded and has a functioning drainage system.
  2. Clogged drainage system: If your lawn has a drainage system, it may become clogged with leaves, grass clippings, and other debris, preventing water from flowing away properly.
  3. A leaky sprinkler: A leaky sprinkler system or cracked, aging gutters can cause excess water to pool around the yard. 
  4. Improper grading: A common cause of drainage issues is improper grading of the yard or lawn. A well-thought-out home build will include grading of the land so that water will be automatically drained away from the house towards the street or another lower spot on the property. 
  5. Impermeable surfaces: If your lawn is surrounded by impermeable surfaces like concrete or asphalt, it can prevent water from flowing away from the surface.
  6. Compact soil: If the soil in your lawn is too compact, it may not allow water to drain properly. This can happen due to over-fertilization, over-watering, or heavy foot traffic.

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Yard Drainage FAQs

Can you also fix drainage in heavily compacted soil?

Yes, we can address drainage issues in heavily compacted soil. Compacted soil can impede water drainage, leading to problems such as standing water, erosion, and soggy lawns. Our solutions may include aerating the soil to improve drainage, installing French drains or surface drains to redirect water flow, and incorporating soil amendments to enhance permeability.

Our experts will assess the specific characteristics of your soil and tailor the solution to effectively address the drainage problem.

Does yard drainage prevent basement flooding?

Yes, yard drainage systems can help prevent basement flooding by managing surface water runoff and directing it away from your home’s foundation. We can redirect water away from your home by implementing effective drainage solutions such as French drains, surface drains, and grading, reducing the risk of water seepage into the basement during heavy rainfall or snowmelt.

Additionally, we offer basement waterproofing services further to protect your home from flooding and water damage.

Can yard grading fix my drainage issue?

Yard grading can be an effective solution for certain drainage issues. By adjusting the slope and contour of your landscape, yard grading helps to redirect surface water away from problem areas, preventing pooling, erosion, and soil saturation. However, yard grading may not always be sufficient to resolve more complex drainage issues, such as those caused by high groundwater levels or poor soil drainage.

Can you put a drain in your backyard?

You can put a drain in your backyard, and, in fact, many homeowners do because it can help you avoid a host of problems down the line. A French drain can be installed by digging a trench in your yard that will then be lined with perforated pipe and gravel, allowing excess water to drain away.

How do you fix a yard that doesn’t drain well?

If your yard doesn’t drain well, you can fix this issue by installing a French drain, regrading your yard, extending your downspouts, and other creative landscaping solutions. Our Downers Grove yard drainage experts will evaluate your property’s drainage issue and come up with a solution that is tailored to your needs.

How do you drain waterlogged ground?

Is your yard waterlogged? You can drain it by aerating the soil. This involves using a specially designed aeration tool or a pitchfork to create small holes in your soil. These will allow the water to drain faster. 

What is a water table?

The water table is the level at which the ground is saturated with water. It is the upper surface of the groundwater zone and marks the boundary between the saturated and unsaturated zones of soil or rock. 

The water table can rise or fall due to changes in precipitation, groundwater pumping, and other factors, and it is an important consideration in the design of wells, septic systems, and other structures that rely on or interact with groundwater.

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Solutions Our Yard Drainage Experts Provide 

Most people don’t put too much thought into yard drainage. That’s why we’re here to help!

Every Downers Grove landscape is different and requires a system designed to keep water moving in the right direction. If you have problems with drainage on your property, you may need to consider one of the following options:

  • French drain: A French drain is a type of underground drainage system that is used to prevent water from accumulating in a specific area. It is typically used to divert water away from a foundation, basement, or low-lying area in order to prevent water damage.
  • Dry well: Another excellent and environmentally-friendly yard drainage solution is a dry well. A dry well is a type of underground drainage system that is used to manage excess water and prevent it from causing damage to a property. It is essentially a large, underground pit filled with gravel or other porous material that allows water to seep into the ground.
  • Corrugated tubes: Corrugated tubes are often used as a part of a French drain or other underground drainage solution. The flexible material allows the tube to be shaped and installed in areas where a rigid pipe would not fit, such as around curves or through tight spaces. The corrugations also provide additional strength and stability to the tube, making it less likely to collapse or become clogged with debris.
  • Lawn grade correction: A properly graded lawn should have a slight slope, with the ground gradually rising away from your home and other structures. Lawn grade correction refers to the process of adjusting the slope or angle of your lawn to ensure that water flows away from your property and doesn’t pool or cause damage.

Why Downers Grove Homeowners Choose Ware Landscaping

Ware Landscaping has a solution for every one of your outdoor homecare needs. Mike Ware has been in the lawn care business ever since he was a teenager cutting lawns for pocket money in the 90’s. 

  • Since 2000, our team has been serving Downers Grove and the surrounding areas with landscaping services, lawn care, snow removal, drainage solutions, patio and driveway installation, and so much more. When you work with us, you are supporting a family-run business and keeping your dollars here in Downers Grove where they can continue to support your community.

Drainage may not be the most exciting home improvement project, but taking control of the problem before it becomes damaging and costly preserves your investment in your home while making your outdoor entertaining space more functional. 

Once the drainage issues have been resolved, then it’s time to really make your backyard shine with professional landscaping, a custom built fire pit, a new patio or deck, or a custom lighting or sound system. We are happy to handle all of these improvements for you.

Call the Yard Drainage Experts at Ware Landscaping Today!

Your investment in your home is too important to leave to chance. The elements in the Downers Grove area are no joke, and that drainage issue that’s been in the back of your mind for years may be causing thousands of dollars of damage right beneath your feet. 

If standing water is a problem on your property, call Ware Landscaping at (630) 557-8170 for a free assessment. We will tailor a custom solution for your drainage issues.