According to Water Damage Defense, 98 percent of all homes suffer some type of water damage at some point. If your basement is prone to flooding and you've tried waterproofing the inside of your home, you are missing a crucial step that can help prevent further damage in the future: your landscaping. Making a few minor adjustments to your home's landscaping can help keep your basement dry, without sacrificing your property's aesthetic appeal. Here are a few simple landscaping tips to help prevent basement flooding:
Learn About Lawn Grading
Your lawn's grading is basically the level at which your lawn sits. Your lawn isn't naturally flat and will slope in certain areas, which can lead to puddling, dry spots, and most importantly, water damage inside your basement.
If you notice puddles around the perimeter of your house, noticeable wet spots on your foundation, and water puddling inside your basement, chances are your lawn is sloping toward your house, instead of away from it. This is a serious problem, but luckily, with some professional assistance it can easily be remedied.
To begin, contact a professional landscaper to learn about how to alter the grading of your lawn. In some cases, if the slope isn't severe, your landscaper will need to simply relocate the existing soil in your lawn from one spot to another. However, if the slope is more severe, the landscaper will need to take additional steps to repair the grading.
This involves contacting the local utility companies to discover the sewer and utility lines. Next, if soil and turf need to be purchased and brought into the yard, the landscaper will need to test your lawn's existing soil to find a match. It's important the soil types are similar to ensure your existing foliage thrives.
Once the proper soil is purchased, your landscaper will determine the ideal drainage slope degree for your property and will begin relocating soil as needed.
Watch Where You Mulch
From its aesthetic appeal to its ability to control weeds, keep pests away and prevent soil drainage, there are several reasons why a homeowner chooses to spread mulch strategically throughout their yard. If you typically spread mulch around the perimeter of your yard, you may accidentally be making the moisture problem in your home even worse.
When you spread mulch too close to your home's perimeter, you are actually allowing the moisture that is retained in the mulch to be drawn into foundation, and your basement. Additionally, the water in the mulch can actually begin destroying your cement or brick foundation, as well.
As a rule, when you are designing your landscape, make sure to leave a gap of at least a few inches between the mulch and your foundation.
Construct a Dry Creek Bed
Finally, one of the most visually appealing ways to direct water away from your home is to create a dry creek bed. If there is a single spot of pooling water near your home that is threatening your foundation or worse, the moisture is making its way into your basement, having a professional construct a dry creek bed is a great option.
The first step to creating the creek bed is to dig a swale, which is a shallow ditch that is use to drain water away from your home. The ditch is then covered with a black plastic or weed fabric to prevent the water from draining into the soil. Finally, a layer of cobble stones or rocks are placed strategically throughout the creek bed to divert the water.
A dry creek bed is an attractive and practical way to keep your basement dry while adding visual appeal to your lawn.
Keeping their basement dry is a priority for most homeowners. Making a few simple alterations or upgrades to your home's landscaping is a great way to protect your property.