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What is Causing Water Build Up in My Backyard?

excess water in yardWater build up on your property is particularly troublesome because it can damage the yard, lead to foundation problems, lower the value of your home, and even pose a safety hazard.

On average, Virginia receives just over 44 inches of rainfall per year, which is above the average for the entire United States. In addition, US News and World Report determined that Virginia is one of the top 10 states most at risk for flooding. Because of this, it is common for homeowners to experience standing water in their yard.

A variety of factors can lead to water buildup on your property. A few of these factors include:

  • Sloping properties: Virginia’s lowest elevation is located in Norfolk, which is at situated at sea level. Because the majority of the state is at a particularly low elevation, if your property is at the bottom of a hill or slope, it is almost a given that you will experience water accumulation in your yard at one time or another.
  • Soil quality: Clay soil is not good at absorbing moisture, and unfortunately it is prevalent in Virginia. Even if your soil is not composed of clay, its ability to absorb water can be compromised if the area receives lots of foot traffic, because the soil becomes heavily compacted over time.
  • High water table: The water table is the level below the point in the ground in which it becomes saturated with moisture. Water tables differ among regions and with the changing seasons, but they have a tendency to become higher in periods of melting snow or torrential rain.
  • Improperly placed gutters: While having a rain gutter is a good measure to keep water from pooling around your home’s foundation, it can actually be detrimental if improperly placed. In this situation, the gutter could potentially be redirecting water to a flat part or convex part of your yard where it is allowed to accumulate.

Regardless of what’s causing water to build up in your yard, Basement Masters has the solution to dry up the affected area and prevent future problems. Call us today for an estimate and to discover how we can best serve you and your home!

Solutions for Water Build Up in Your Virginia Yard

mwppuHere at Basement Masters, we offer a variety of solutions to fix the water build up problem in your yard. One of the critical components of proper waterproofing is to install a sump pump, which are usually placed in the basement or crawlspace and are responsible for removing accumulated water and redirecting it.

We are proud to offer dual-combination sump pumps with a battery backup at the same rate as our competition’s single pump system. We can install your sump pump properly and ensure that it will not drain in a location that can cause standing water on your property. We also offer complete exterior drainage waterproofing systems to ensure the dryness of your home and yard. We strive to install our drainage systems quickly, efficiently, and with minimal disruption to your landscaping. In addition, our surface drainage systems are reliable solution to your water problems and include:

  • Downspouts
  • Gutters
  • Drainage ditches
  • Catch basins
  • Channel drains
  • Professional grading
  • Water collection

If we discover that your gutters are to blame for your water build up problems, we can initiate a quick fix by lengthening the downspout or correcting its slope.

No matter the cause or severity of the water build up in your backyard, Basement Masters has the knowledge and experience necessary to get the job done correctly and efficiently. Our team of professionals is happy to offer work with you to determine the best and most affordable solution for your individual needs. Call us today for a free estimate or for more information!