Chevy Chase MD Backyard Flooding

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4 Tips to Avoid Chevy Chase MD Backyard Flooding

Backyard flooding in Chevy Chase, MD, is the bane of every homeowner. It is an eyesore. It limits how much use your can get out of your yard. If it’s long term, it can kill off expensive landscaping. It makes your home harder to resell, reducing overall value of your property.

Thankfully, there are solutions. Do-it-yourselfers can implement several ways to reduce or eliminate backyard flooding in Chevy Chase, MD. Others require the expertise of professionals, like those at East Coast Landscape Design.

Here is a look at how flooding affects your yard and 4 tips to help you fix flooding in your backyard.

Backyard Flooding: Inconvenience or Real Damage?

All situations involving backyard flooding need to be treated as serious. Just look at the problems that can result if it isn’t dealt with thoroughly and with the proper approach:

  • Grass can die.
  • Flower and vegetable gardens won’t produce.
  • It’s impossible to mow lawns that are constantly wet.
  • Mud is tracked into the house.
  • It can cause leaks in your basement.
  • Your yard looks unattractive.
  • Areas in your yard are unusable for play, entertaining, gardening and relaxing.

Taken together, these are more than inconvenient. They reduce the livability of your outdoor spaces. Your expensive landscaping design is covered over with water. You can’t grow the food you wanted or pick flowers from your garden.

Eventually constant flooding can seep into your basement and cause cracks in your foundation. This results in structural damage to your home, a very costly problem to fix.

Basement flooding in Chevy Chase, MD., reduces the worth of your property. When it comes time to sell your property, prospective buyers will choose homes with yards that are fully accessible, more attractive and functional. During a home appraisal, the expert doing the job will check for flooding and drainage issues. This will reduce the price you can expect to get for your home.

Here are 4 things you can do yourself to fix flooding and drainage issues.

Find Out Where the Water Is Coming From.

Before you can fix the problem, you need to know where the water is coming from that is responsible for the backyard flooding in Chevy Chase, MD. The best way to start is by making a sketch of your yard, house, garage and other structures and the other features on your property. Mark the high and low spots. Draw an arrow showing where runoff collects and the direction that water takes after it rains.

This gives you the information you need to develop a plan of attack to stop your backyard flooding in Chevy Chase, MD.

Fix Your Downspouts.

Runoff out of your drainpipes can collect in low areas. The first thing is to tighten the connections on your pipes. When too much water runs through, they can easily become loose. The water can spill over at the joints, causing pools of water to form.

Sometimes water drains out in a low spot or landscaped area that doesn’t allow it to disperse properly. The solution is to invest in drainpipe extensions available at the home improvement center. These can guide water farther away, where it has a better chance of harmlessly soaking back into the soil.

Add a Rain Garden

Low spots in your garden are natural spots for rainwater to collect. Eventually the runoff can overflow even these areas, causing flooding in a wider area. A rain garden is specifically design to catch excess water. You work with the natural tendency of water to gather in low areas and develop a garden of water-loving plants. This union of form and function is an attractive way to handle too much water.

A rain garden isn’t meant to be a pond. You can add drainage so that it holds the excess water until it has a chance to drain away after a downpour. You need to select the best plants in order for the garden to work. Look for indigenous plants with deep roots.

The proper mix of plants, drainage and location can be complicated. You can work with the experts at East Coast Landscape Design to ensure that your rain garden is an effective tool for controlling backyard flooding in Chevy Chase, MD.

Install a Dry Creek Bed

Dry creek beds are made to handle water only after a rainstorm. They channel is harmlessly away from flooded areas. Most of the time they are dry. But that doesn’t mean they are unattractive. A well-designed dry creek bed adds a focal point to a yard. It can be made with local stone, bordered by attractive landscaping.

Choose a low spot that attracts backyard flooding in Chevy Chase, MD. Or if the slope of the area allows it, you can build it to guide excess water away from a low spot. Build a shallow drainage ditch then add gravel or stones. The right mix of boulders, assorted stones, plus plantings and even a small bridge will give your dry creek bed beauty and interest.

Getting the right slope and combination of landscape components can be a challenge. If you need help, consult the professionals at East Coast Landscape Design. They bring an experienced eye to the aesthetics of your dry creek and years of practical knowledge locating it so it deals effectively with backyard flooding in Chevy Chase, MD.

Work with the Experts

Our team at East Coast Landscape Design has been helping homeowners in Chevy Chase, MD, to solve backyard flooding and other problems since 1979. We have the hands-on experience and training to find answers for every type of terrain and soil. Under the direction of our Senior Geotechnical Engineer, our technicians can use landscaping, grading and other methods to give you a flood-free yard.

In addition to landscaping, they use expert solutions to solve the problem, like:

  • French drains
  • Below-grade drain and pipe systems
  • Stone drainage swale areas
  • Waterproof foundations
  • Storm drains

When you decide to deal with your backyard flooding in Chevy Chase, MD, call the experts at East Coast Landscape Design.

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