With milder and drier conditions than normal—the coldest temperatures possibly even already behind us for the year—there has been an increased interest in landscaping improvements amongst our clients. Without the frost and freezes that we normally get at this time, the lawns have not gone dormant yet and may not go dormant at all this year—allowing us to perform valuable work at a time when we previously might have slowed a bit.
Among the projects that have been increasingly popular have been gutter downspout drainage solutions. We’ll explain why this is important and whether it’s something for you to consider. With the summer and fall generally bringing the wettest conditions in Florida, now is a great time to consider this drainage solution that will prevent your property and home from having problems with excess water.
Gutter Downspout Drainage Worries
There’s no question that improper lawn drainage is a terribly frustrating issue. The fact is, if you don’t have proper drainage, it’s going to have a negative impact on your outdoor space. For one, drainage problems can make your yard unusable. Instead of being able to enjoy time outside, a simple rainfall can have a negative impact that lingers for days or even weeks.
On top of that, improper drainage could even lead to problems inside of your home if the problem is severe enough. If water has nowhere to go and pools at your foundation, it could wind up seeping into your home. Another issue we see often is the lack of drainage between your home and your neighbor’s home. This is caused by multiple gutter downspouts pouring water between your home and your neighbor’s house. This excessive water creates sod erosion and often causes a fungus to grow in the lawn, making it difficult to maintain a lush, thick lawn between your homes.
We’ve also seen plant bed erosion (beds getting washed out after rainstorms), an unusable yard (it turns into a swamp after every rain), and pooling water (where it “sits” on the patio or at the home’s foundation with nowhere to go) as common problems from a drainage issue.
One of the most popular drainage solutions we have been implementing in our area is a modified French drain. This involves connecting flex pipes to downspouts and diverting water away from the house, likely to the lowest point in the yard such as a common area where other homes are also draining. The idea is to move the water to an unused space. Though that unused space remains soggy, the rest of the yard can dry out properly.
Gutter downspouts often have more of an impact than people realize. So often homes are built with downspouts that drain directly at the home’s foundation. By extending those downspouts out, even just a little bit farther, it can make a huge difference in preventing water from pooling at the home’s foundation and causing trouble.
Finding a Drainage Professional
If you’re looking for a gutter drainage solution, then working with a landscape professional that understands yard drainage can help get you on a path to improvements. Of course, not all landscape professionals address drainage problems when talking to you about your property. Make sure to find a professional who understands what needs to be done to fix your gutter drainage problems.
At Taylor Anthony 365, we can talk to you about how improper gutter downspout drainage might be impacting your space and what the right solution is to address it. By getting this problem resolved you can get back to enjoying your yard and spend less time worrying about water having a negative impact on your fun.