Dangers of Yard Drainage Problems

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As spring rolls around, the beautiful view of any home’s flower garden begins to blossom. Rain might seem ideal for the growth of your flowers and greenery, but it’s vital to keep an eye out for any drainage problems.

Yard Drainage Problems

Unfortunately, we can’t all have the ideal yard slope conditions for our combination of flower beds and greenery. Although the landscape in Oklahoma is composed of relatively flat land, there are areas of low hills. If an uneven landscape surrounds your home, the heavy rains that lead to common floods in the spring months will not be pleasant. 

Some of the common causes of yard drainage issues include:

  • Improper grading
  • Location
  • Water pooling on the pavement
  • Low lying areas
  • Muddy spots
  • Downspout runoff

Issues When Water Doesn’t Properly Drain

If you notice that you are experiencing yard drainage problems, there are a couple of dangers that could arise in and around your home. Water is a powerful substance that, if left standing, can lead to issues such as:

  • Plant damage
  • Erosion
  • Insect problems
  • Personal injury
  • Property damage

Plant Damage

Water is essential to the growth of your flowers, greenery, and other plants. But the truth is that too much water can damage the plant roots causing what makes your landscape beautiful to die off and look unattractive.

When you have drainage problems in your yard, water can pool for days, weeks, or months. You won’t only be dealing with damaged plants, but also damage to the soil.


According to National Geographic, “erosion is the geological process in which earthen materials are worn away and transported by natural forces such as wind or water.” Erosion will permanently change the appearance of your property by removing topsoil.

When rain falls, it can erode your landscape in two main ways:

  1. Splash erosion. The type of erosion caused by the impact of falling raindrops dispersing tiny soil particles.
  2. Sheet erosion. The type of erosion caused by the runoff of water, which includes water exiting a gutter system.

Insect Problems

One of the main disadvantages of pooled water is that it will attract mosquitoes. These insects tend to make stagnant water a perfect place for their breeding grounds. Mosquitoes are bothersome, and certain types can transmit several serious febrile diseases, such as the West Nile Virus and Dengue.

Personal Injury

Standing water combined with soil will lead to muddy sections around your home. These surfaces will become slick and can potentially lead to slipping and seriously injuring homeowners and visitors.

Property Damage

The plants and the soil won’t be the only things negatively affected by yard drainage problems. Other dangers include damage to:

  • The concrete and asphalt surrounding your home
  • The structure or foundation of your home
  • Different areas due to mold
  • Wood surfaces

Moyer Lawncare & Landscaping is Your Solution

The experts at Moyer Lawncare & Landscaping have been taking care of lawns in the Oklahoma City area for over 24 years. After a careful inspection of your property, we can offer the right solution, whether it’s lawn leveling or installing a proper drainage system.

Contact us today for your free estimate!

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