The importance of yard drainage cannot be overstated. Yard drainage protects not only your property, but also the health and safety of your family. Standing water in your yard, moisture in your basement, and erosion are all serious issues that should be addressed as soon as possible for the well being of both your property and your family.
Standing water in your yard isn’t just bad for the grass, standing water in your yard can be public health issue. Stagnant pools of water encourage bacteria and parasite growth and mosquitoes use standing water to breed. Common bacterial infections from stagnant water include E. coli, Campylobacteriosis, and Cholera. Parasitic infections include Giardiasis (from Giardia), Amaoebiasis (infection by amaoeba) , and Taeniasis(tape worm). Mosquito eggs hatch 24 to 48 eight hours after being laid in water. In 7 to 10 days the larvae can metamorphose into their adult forms. Mosquitoes in their adult form can carry West Nile Virus, dog heartworm, and St. Louis Encephalitis. For all of these reasons, it’s important that if you have standing water in your yard, you install a yard drainage system.
Moisture in your basement can lead to wood rot, mold, and fungus that can not only damage your home, but threaten your family’s health. Wood rot comes in three common forms caused by different kinds of fungus, brown rot, soft rot, and white rot. The three forms of rot all have different preferred conditions and means of decomposing wood, however they can all cause serious structural damage to your home. Molds and funguses release spores that can cause allergic reactions, or respiratory, or neurological problems. If your basement leaks, you constantly have to run the sump pump, or is excessively humid, you should immediately look into a yard drainage system and waterproofing your basement.
If your yard isn’t properly drained, it can lead to soil erosion in some key areas. Erosion around your homes foundations, the roots of large trees, or in your landscape are all reasons for serious concern. Soil erosion is caused by water flowing over bare ground, picking up soil as it moves and depositing it elsewhere. The more or faster the water flow, the more damage it can cause. Soil erosion around your houses foundation can cause more water to leak into your basement, and even cause the house to shift. Soil eroding around a large tree’s routes can increase the risk of it falling in a winter storm, presenting a serious safety issue. Finally erosion in your landscaping can cause changes in the drainage of your property, causing even more erosion and drainage problems in the future. If you’re experiencing erosion and drainage problems you should definitely consider the installation of a yard drainage system.
Get a Yard Drainage System from Aqua-Bright!
The best way to deal with a lawn drainage problem is to consult your local drainage and irrigation expert. The experts at Aqua-Bright know how to diagnose a lawn drainage problem and will work with you to identify the solution that best fixes the issue and fits within your budget. Aqua-Bright can re-grade your lawn to alter water flow, install French drains, or modify existing drainage systems to fix the issue.
Make sure that you’re calling your local irrigation experts to get started with your underground drainage system. To talk to someone about a lawn drainage problem, in Baltimore, Maryland or the surrounding areas, call Aqua-Bright today at 410-489-9009 or take a tour through our website.