Yard Grading for Proper Drainage

Moisture and water damage issues are bound to occur when precipitation and rain flows towards your home instead of away from it. You can prevent water drainage to your home in different ways. The ways include cleaning of your gutter, downspout maintenance and yard grading.

Grading is something you can do yourself but there are landscaping experts that can assist if you feel the process is hectic.

Below is a step-by-step guide of how to grade your yard to prevent water damage.

Yard Grading for Proper Drainage

Mark Utility Lines

Before you begin the grading process, it would help if you mark any utility lines in your lawn. The process ensures that the lines are not damaged during the digging process.

Get a Permit

Some towns require permits before you carry out the grading process. You need to confirm with the authorities in your area if a permit is needed for the grading of your lawn.

Identify the Drainage Area and Start Digging       

After marking the utility lines, you need to identify the nearest drainage area. If there is no public drain nearby, you need to divert the water to the edge of your property.

Dig the topsoil from all areas around the foundation. You need to set the soil on the side of the dugout area because you might need it later.

Form a Slope

This step marks the beginning of the grading process. Arrange the soil from the dugout section of your lawn to form a slope. You need to ensure that the slope is accurate throughout the process.

After forming a downward slope, you need to smooth the grade to ensure it is even.

Plant Grass

It would help if you allow the soil to settle for some days before planting grass. The slope will make it possible for the water to be absorbed and the excess to drain away.

Water damage can be stressful to handle and can be financially burdening. Contact us for information on the different ways of preventing water damage from occurring in your lawn. Our experts can also help in grading your yard for proper drainage.