Using Landscaping to Reduce Flooding
Landscaping may provide some curb appeal to your home, but it also can be used to protect it from outside flooding. When the downpours come, which it will in Berlin, NJ, thoughtful placement of plants, shrubs, mulch and trees can reduce soil erosion and absorb stormwater runoff.
Instead of fretting if the next rain storm will be the one to flood your basement, consider some of the following to keep the water outdoors.
Level Your Yard – If your yard slopes, ensure water is sloping away from the home. This may also provide an opportunity for planting new grass, which has root systems that can better absorb water.
Use Swales – Whether natural or created, these depressions can help redirect how water drains. They can be designed to lead to trees or gardens that love the extra moisture.
Consider a Rain Garden – Once you know where your water is draining, a rain garden can help absorb it instead of creating tunnels or seeping into the soil around the foundation. It’s best to use native plants known for high moisture tolerance. Best yet, this kind of garden needs minimal watering.
Add Mulch – This wood pieces, which are available in an array of colors, help keep soil from eroding and absorb water.
If your home is prone to outside flooding, avoid rain drainage by considering adding some extra protection to your home.
Rain Diverter – Adding this to your downspout will help direct rain away from the house.
Rain Barrel – Used along with the downspout, they collect water that can be used for hydrating lawns and gardens, which may mean potential utility savings.
Sump Pump – Although more of an investment, if your home is prone to flooding, this may be a good solution. These systems are designed specifically for flooding and keeping basements dry.
Instead of dealing with outside flooding penetrating your home, consider the many cost-effective alternatives available. If water does get inside, a professional can clean up the mess and work with you to develop a plan to keep it from happening again.