The Q&A Archives: Yard Drainage

Question: Greeting to all; Our house is the lowest on three sides. Back is the highest ( but still about 6" lower than neighbors) and my yard is lower than either yard on either side. I thought of creating " TIERS " in my back-yard and raising one side to help retain top soil & creating a "lusher" yard. Our house is on a 3'crawl space and I don't think the "tiers" would cause a drainage problem. What do you think? The DROP (from back to front is probably about 18", when it rains here my back yard's a pool & so is my side yard. One side has an underground drain the other has a BIG GREEN ELECTRICAL BOX so a drain can't go on that side. Any suggestions??

Answer: Based on your description it sounds like you have some serious drainage concerns. Since any change to drainage in one spot affects all of the other drainage directions, it is impossible to change just one thing without carefully considering the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, it is impossible to provide long distance advice about drainage. Your best bet, and I would strongly advise you do this, would be to consult with a landscape architect or other grading professional with training in surface grading, runoff management and so on. They should be able to explore the options with you and make suggestions as to how to handle the problem -- perhaps even ways to keep the water from draining into your yard in the first place. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful.

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