Are you experiencing soft, spongy spots in any area of your lawn or property after rain? Or is water seeping into your basement? You likely have drainage issues on your property. Drainage issues occur due to an improper grade in your yard, or the landscaping around your foundation has no slope due to the soil settling over time. This also can occur on newly built homes, if the soil around the foundation was not backfilled and compacted properly.
Grading and Drain Tile To Correct Drainage Problems
Most issues related to water pooling up during rain storms or from snow melt in your lawn can be repaired with scraping the troublesome areas, then grading with black dirt, and new sod or hydroseed overtop the black dirt. If the issue is widespread, your entire property may suffer from a drainage problem, and in situations like this, a french drain or drain tile installation will be your best ally.
If water is getting into your basement, usually the correction lies within your existing landscape. The proper repair method is removing the existing landscaping, correcting the grade/slope of the soil beneath your landscaping along your foundation with additional soil to ensure a proper slope to allow water to run away from your home or other structures on your property. Then installing a new landscape over the recently repaired slope.