Quick Links - Solving Drainage and Erosion Problems
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I Have a Wet Yard
1. The Yard Is Wet After Storms
Likely Causes: Improper grading or poor infiltration
- Replant with water-loving species to soak up water.
Fill in the depression .
- Gutter inspection and maintenance
Downspout and sump pump extensions
- Redirect runoff using a swale, dry creek bed, French drain, catch basin, downspout or sump pump extension to a suitable area.
Capture and store runoff using a rain barrel, dry well, soil
amendment/compost blanket, or rain garden.
2. The Yard Is Wet for Months or All the Time
Likely Causes: Damaged water features or pipes or high groundwater
- Leaky pipe: How to tell and who to call.
Natural spring: redirect or capture spring water
- Is it a wetland or Resource Protection Area? Follow all laws, rules and guidelines.
Replant with water-loving species.
I Have Yard Erosion
Likely causes: Paths of concentrated flow, poorly vegetated or exposed soil, discharge points or steep slopes.
- Protect eroded land: replant, cover with mulch or gravel, build check dams or terraces.
Redirect or capture runoff
- Protect the pipe outlet with a splashguard or stone
- Reroute the discharge point using downspout extensions
- Inspect and maintain gutters
Protect the drip line with gravel or vegetation
- Find the source of sediment, protect the eroding area
Capture the runoff
Remove or cut obstruction, fill depression
I Need To Control Heavy Runoff
Swales, French drains, catch basins, downspout extensions
Rain barrels, dry wells, soil amendment, rain gardens
I Have A Sinkhole
Use a probe to investigate the hole. Never enter a sinkhole that is deeper than chest height. Collapse of a sinkhole can lead to serious injury.
- Near Outside Walls or Under Stairs: Fill in the sinkhole using our tips and sinkhole best practices.
Under Sidewalks or Walkways: Concrete under pressure can be used to
raise the sidewalk or the sidewalk can be ground down to make it
- Sinkhole from Large Debris in Yard: Fill in the hole using our tips and sinkhole best practices.
- Sinkhole near a Buried Pipe: How to tell and who to call.
- Sinkhole from an Underground Spring: Control the flow.
Sinkhole from Old Buried Wells or Utilities: Who to call for this
least common and most dangerous case.