If Vancouver and the Lower Mainland are known for one thing, it’s the rainy weather. While the rain makes the city and the landscape lush and green, it can also be the source of problems for our yards.
Backyard flooding is a common problem in Vancouver, and it is usually the result of a one of several issues. A swampy yard can be caused by excess run off from heavy rains or snow melt. Especially if you live at the bottom of a hill or are surrounded by higher elevation, run off might be a constant worry. Another common problem is old, inadequate or clogged drainage systems that have been previously installed around your property.
There are several ways to reduce standing water in the yard so that the problem is fixed for good.
In the case of run off, you can build a berm or small hill at a point in the water’s path. Since water always takes the path of least resistance, a berm will divert the water away from the yard and prevent it from getting swampy.
Another option is to install a dry well that will collect water when needed like during heavy rains or the odd city snow melt we get.
These solutions divert water while it is still on the surface and are useful when the water comes on fast and strong and doesn’t have time to percolate down into the soil.
Installing proper drainage like a french drain system is often the most effective and long-lasting solution, especially for prolonged standing water problems.
A french drain system consists of interconnecting perforated pipe in a simple grid that are installed below the soil. The water enters the pipe from above after it rains so that it can’t collect in puddles around the property. Once the water travels down through the soil and into the perforated pipe system, it is discharged at a low and convenient point somewhere else on the property.
French drain systems are usually installed during the building process, especially in a place like Vancouver. The beauty of these systems is that they are simple and incredibly effective, but they do need maintenance. Over time, roots can grow into them and sections can collapse as the ground shifts and the soil changes.
If the drainage around your yard is normally good but you have noticed an increase in standing water or it looks like a swamp out there, there is a good chance your french drain system needs some maintenance.
That’s where we come in. Our professional drainage team will come to your property and assess where the problem is. Don’t worry, we’ve seen it all! Often the problem requires replacing a section of pipe or flushing out the system from debris that has collected.
While we can’t do much about the weather, we can take care of our homes and property so that we have the best chance to prevent problems from becoming disasters. Drainage systems in a place like Vancouver need upkeep and we recommend making it part of your annual home maintenance check.
For any drainage needs, give us a call!