The North Texas climate is not one of the rainiest in Texas. Still, the ambiguous spring and fall seasons can produce unpredictable rainfalls, with thunderstorms often dropping considerable precipitation amounts in a short window of time. When this occurs, mitigating potential basement flooding is the best way to keep the area dry and damage-free, preventing basement flooding and problematic home issues.
Siara Designs® brings full-service solutions to your landscape that are essential when you need a drainage/grading provider in Dallas, TX who understands that creating a dream landscape also means implementing an effective plan to avoid potential flooding nightmares. Taking a comprehensive approach helps us achieve the beauty you want to create in your yard while preventing critical missteps that are costly. Working with our professional team produces quality results.
Preventing Basement Flooding
The removal of water from a basement area can be tedious. Applying adequate drainage and grading techniques is the first step in a water-free basement.
Consider the Soil Grade
Let gravity work in your home’s favor by assessing the grading and ensuring proper sloping techniques are applied. When the soil around a home banks toward it instead of away, water has no option but to run to the area, you want it least. Grading may require working with and around systems, wiring, and plumbing that are already installed and should be performed by a knowledgeable landscaping team.
Locating services, irrigation lines, and lighting infrastructure throughout a landscape will ensure critical systems remain undisturbed while grading is completed. Creating a design that compliments the layout of a landscape begins with exceptional grading services.
Provide for Adequate Drainage
Adding varying components to a landscape over time can result in drainage issues. A landscape design team will evaluate drainage to protect your property against standing water damage before adding spaces that require stonework and hardscape, such as patios, outdoor kitchens, concrete driveways, and walkways to a home. While these areas can serve as barriers for water, causing improper drainage, when these additions are incorporated into your landscape by a knowledgeable design team, the plan will provide for adequate drainage in these areas.
Standing water creates more than inconvenient puddles. It can lead to increased maintenance, shifting tiles and stone, and erosion that contributes to cracks in concrete. When these features block water flow near a home, the tendency for moisture to begin accumulating in a basement area increases.
Add French Drains
French drains direct surface water away from the home’s foundation. Soil prone to saturation creates the potential for groundwater to affect a home’s foundation, potentially compromising structural integrity. When the ground around a house becomes soggy, a French drain provides superior protection for a home’s foundation and basement.
Ensure Gutters and Downspouts Are Effective
Gutters and downspouts are excellent at moving water away from a home. But when channels become clogged and downspouts are not the appropriate length, water will drain to the base of a home, potentially contributing to significant basement flooding. Incorporating landscaping techniques such as rock-lined drainage ditches creates a complimentary touch to a lawn while providing valuable solutions for drainage problems and preventing standing water damage.
Topping the soil in plant beds with mulch around a lawn, particularly near a home, can work to prevent soil erosion and soften the battering that heavy rainfalls can bring. Erosion contributes to water running haphazardly near a home causing it to end up in a basement. While mulch serves a purpose, it is also visually pleasing and gives your lawn and home a well-manicured appearance.
Choose Native Plants
Native plants are adapted to the often unpredictable weather patterns in the North Texas region. Those unprecedented periods of extreme cold and heat pose a challenge to any plant, but native plants thrive in their climate and establish excellent root systems that contribute to better drainage and decrease erosion. Native plants offer these year-round benefits to your home when it needs it most.
Because many of these shrubs and native garden plants for all seasons do not require supplemental or minimal watering, this adds additional protection against potential water collection and flooding. Native shrubs and trees will eagerly soak up spring rains and benefit from fall weather events that keep them hearty through winter. Discussing these options with a Texas all-season plant specialist at Siara Designs ensures that not only are native plants chosen, but the plants you choose work with the location and environmental factors that play a part in their healthy existence in your landscape.
Install Sod or Turf
Installing sod that is best suited for the climate in North Texas is an excellent preventive measure to prevent flooding. Not only does sod absorb excess water around a home, but it also works well to prevent erosion. Sod also helps cool the temperature around a home in the hotter months of a Texas summer.
Sod softens a landscape, creating a lush environment that provides many benefits. Take advantage of its exceptional qualities with sod and turf installation and prevent basement flooding simultaneously. Several species of sod are especially suited to the climate, and we are glad to discuss these options with you.
Incorporate a Variety of Landscaping Mediums
Working with a landscape design team that understands the utilization of a variety of mediums and how their placement can work to correct or prevent landscape challenges allows for design mediums to also serve in a functional capacity. Placing gravel or rock in areas susceptible to standing water can encourage better drainage and prevent erosion. Placing borders and beds in a landscape, allowing for adequate drainage, and working with the slope of a yard can draw water away from a home, gently dispersing it into areas where it is most needed.
Pulling from a vast knowledge of design principles and techniques, we will ensure your lawn stays in top shape while protecting your home from the unpredictability of water.
Contact Siara Designs for Landscaping Solutions
Taking preventive measures in landscaping decisions works to beautify your lawn while protecting your home’s basement from flooding. This planning requires a team that will consider the specific needs of your home and formulate a plan best suited for your landscape. Schedule a consultation today and take preventive measures to protect your home’s basement from the damage of flooding.