Are you getting fed up with excess water hanging about on your patio after a heavy rainfall? If this keeps happening on your property, you can’t just pass it off as a natural occurring puddle. It could be a bigger issue, such as poor drainage.
Why are you getting surface flooding?
Build up tends to happen when the amount of rainfall falls faster than it can escape down a drain, or, be absorbed into the ground. If this build up happens regularly then you might be left with a hazardous slippery surface from moss growth, waterlogged plants/lawns and even structural problems on paved areas, outbuildings and fences.
What can you do?
If you are experiencing mild cases of excess surface water, here are some tips to help prevent it from occurring;
Keep your drains clean and clear – do regular sweeps and clean ups to clear all debris from drain holes and gutters
Healthy lawn – check the quality of your lawn. Does is need any re-seeding? Does it have a good mixture of topsoil and sand beneath? Grass is great for absorbing water, so a healthy lawn can really help prevent winter flooding
Leafy plants – plants with lots of leaves are an effective way to reduce the amount of water collecting on your surfaces, as the leaves will catch the water for themselves
Install water butts – not only do they collect excess water, but you can reuse the water for your plants. It’s a win win!
Check your patio drainage – if surface water isn’t naturally draining off your patio and into a drain, have a professional investigate for you, as it could mean the landscaping has been done incorrectly.