How to Get Rid of Standing Water in Your Yard

Few things are more annoying that finding standing water in your yard just because you live in a low-lying area.

Standing water can kill the grass and other plants in your yard, thereby ruining your home's landscape. It can also pose as a potential health hazard, becoming a breeding ground for mosquito larvae and other pests.

How many times have you been absolutely disgusted and distressed to find standing water in your yard, only to realize that this problem is becoming more common after rainfall?

Monsoons will soon be upon us, and with Berwyn being susceptible to flooding, it would make sense to put into place the necessary precautionary measures to avoid stagnant water from accumulating in your yard again.

You may think that draining the excess water would be the perfect solution to this problem, and you would be absolutely right. However, there are a few things to keep on mind before going ahead with your plans. Here's more on that.

Where Should the Water Go?

Before you start draining the accumulated water off your lawn, you need to figure out exactly where you want it to end up. It is unthinkable to use your water drains to route it towards a neighbor's property as that could just land you in a legal soup. Thinking of directing it towards the street? Think again, as that will bring with it another set of problems.

It may be difficult for you to get permission to connect your water drain to an existing storm sewer from the concerned authorities. If you can, however, manage to get such permission, such an arrangement can work the best.

Tried that and it doesn't seem to work? That may be because your water drains are clogged up. With Berwyn getting flooded so frequently, there may be times when the sewer might be congested with the debris from the floods. You will do well to ensure beforehand that the sewers are unclogged and functional to allow the water to flow freely through them.

A skilled plumber should be your best bet. Sewer rodding in Berwyn isn't unheard of and your plumber should be able to unclog your sewers in no time to solve your problem.

Say Goodbye to Standing Water Woes

If you find that water tends to accumulate regularly near the foundation of your home, you should be extremely concerned because, sooner or later, it may find a way to seep into your home. Water gathering further out in the yard can give rise to a mosquito problem. This is a home maintenance problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Thanks to the law of gravity, water will always flow downhill. In an ideal scenario, every house would be built at a height, which would cause the water to flow downwards. However, not everyone is blessed with such living conditions. You, therefore, need to work on keeping all the unwanted water at least 10 feet away from the foundation of your home and clear up recurring wet spots in your yard.

Wondering how to do so? Here's how.

  • Working with Drainage Systems

When installing downspouts next to your home, make sure you extend them 10 feet from it. You may find them to be a tad hideous and a stumbling hazard. But there's a way around this. Use a PVC pipe, which is stronger and less susceptible to clogging as compared to the regular black corrugated pipe. Bury it underground so it doesn't make your surroundings look ghastly or keep coming in your way.

Consider installing a French drainage system in your yard. It consists of a perforated pipe surrounded by gravel installed in an underground trench. Alternatively, a draining ditch or an embankment can be created in the ground which can lead the excess water to a predetermined collection area.

Do ensure that the exhaust of the sump pump is located at least 10 feet away from your house. If it is located close to it, you can rest assured that the waste water will recede back to the foundation, causing the sump to repeatedly pump out the same water.

Before you start digging, do ensure to check with all utility companies about the underground lines. This is an important precautionary measure. Additionally, do make sure that you don't end up passing on your water woes to your neighbors. Do act responsibly.

  • Landscape Drainage

For an effective landscape drainage, maintain about 6 inches of visible foundation next to your home at all times. Watch out for the height and the slope of the mulch. which will need to be reapplied every year. If it is too high, it will change the flow of the water next to the house, maybe even cause it to go over the foundation or seep into the siding and damage it. Further, it may also make it easier for termites to do their damage.

Certain wet spots in your yard can be turned into a pond or a rain garden with plants which can handle wet roots. Trees such as willow, bald cypress and river birch, black-eyed susans or purple cone flowers are popular options. Do keep in mind that despite having these plants, the underlying drainage issues will have to be addressed before converting a wet spot in a rain garden as no tree/plant can grow well in a pond.


Whether it is the roof, the basement or the curb of your home, water can be the biggest and the most persistent threat to it. It is, therefore, extremely important to address this issue with correct and long-lasting solutions. Consulting and engaging the services of a skilled plumber may help you immunize your home to the effects brought on by excessive water. The above tips should work in giving you a better insight into this problem and tackling it sensibly.