More Rain Means More Drainage Trouble

This summer in Texas has proven to be much wetter than usual, with not just more frequent rains but also heavy rains as well. Unfortunately, all of this excess water has created a situation where homeowners coping with drainage issues are facing more problems as a result of the excess water. When it rains repeatedly and you have drainage problems, those problems can become compounded and can create a big mess in your yard and home.

Resolve Your Drainage Issues Today

When there is a lot of rain as there has been this summer in Texas, the water may not have time to drain before the next storm comes through. If you already had standing water in your yard as a result of drainage issues, then the situation is likely to get much worse and you are likely to have a lot more standing water as a result.  If you did not have standing water but just had drainage issues, then it is likely that standing water will form and linger around your home.

Having standing water in your yard is a major problem and not just because it can make your yard an unsightly mess. The big issue with standing water in your yard is that it can be a draw for mosquitoes and other insects. Mosquitos carry disease, including the West Nile virus, heartworm for dogs, and a host of other serious health risks.  You do not want to make your house a breeding ground for any type of insects and standing water does exactly that.

In addition to the problems of added standing water due to more rain in Texas this summer, you’ll also have worsening erosion in your yard. If your yard is not draining properly and you have water problems and drainage issuesImage, the soil can be washed away and you can end up with serious erosion issues on banked and sloped areas. This can affect both the front and back yard, in any location where there are drainage problems in existence and where you have a sloped or hilled area. Too much erosion can result in your sloped areas becoming steeper and in your yard area becoming unsafe.

Excess water lingering in your yard can also affect the inside of your house as well. This goes beyond just dragging mud into the house that you get on your feet as you walk across your soppy wet yard. When the yard is very wet, especially on an ongoing basis, some of this water can start to seep into the basement and create water and mold problems in your home.

Make Drainage Solutions Your Priority

Avoiding all of these drainage problems should be an absolute top priority and with the added rain this summer, the issue of bad drainage in the yard has become an even more pressing problem. Do not hesitate to find a drainage professional who can offer you information on the different options available to you for dealing with your drainage issues and who can help you to resolve those issues in an effective manner.

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Mosquitos are Testing Positive for West Nile Virus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30,000 people throughout the United States have been made sick as a result of the West Nile Virus. The West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause serious and life altering medical problems.  The Virus can cause West Nile Fever, flu-like symptoms, headaches, altered mental status, a stiff neck, acute flaccid paralysis syndrome, inflammation of the brain and neurological complications depending upon how your body is affected and the strain of the virus that you encounter.

Unfortunately, this life-threatening and serious disease has come to Texas. Mosquitos in various locations throughout Texas have tested positive for West Nile virus this year in 2013. This means that when you are outside and exposed to mosquitos, you are potentially at risk of contracting this life-threatening violence. You need to do everything possible to protect yourself and that means making sure your backyard is not a breeding ground for mosquitos.


Protecting Yourself from the West Nile Virus

Since mosquitos spread the West Nile virus, the single best way that you can avoid exposure to this life-altering virus is to avoid coming into contact with mosquitos as much as possible.  

Mosquitos tend to be very attracted to damp or moist areas, and to areas of standing water. Avoiding standing water, therefore, is one of the keys to making sure you do not experience exposure to the West Nile virus. Unfortunately, many people have drainage issues in their backyards or around their homes. As a result of these drainage issues, you may find your own home to be a location where there are a lot of mosquitos living and breathing.

Having these mosquitos in your space and having standing water to attract ever more bugs will increase your chances significantly of coming into contact with a mosquito that has West Nile. Your kids who play outside during the summer months will also be at risk of being bit by an infected mosquito, as will your neighbors and anyone who visits your home.

Because West Nile is so dangerous, you owe it to yourself, your family and your friends to fix standing water problems that could result in your home becoming a hotbed for mosquitos. This means that if you are having drainage issues, you need to resolve those issues as soon as possible in order to reduce the chances that mosquitos will move in and bring the West Nile virus with them.

To resolve your drainage issues as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, you should consult with an experienced drainage professional to advise you as to your options. A qualified and experienced professional who specializes in drainage issues can visit your home or building, take a look at your standing water, help you to discover what is causing your drainage problems and assist you in finding the right solution to resolve your problems and make your home a safer place to be.  

Don’t wait until the summer heat brings even more mosquitos to your home- act today and get rid of the mosquito breeding ground in your space.

4 Reasons You Need to Make Sure Your Yard Drains Properly

It’s not uncommon for a homeowner to have drainage issues. Typically this is due to a yard suffering from improper drainage. While it is a problem often ignored, here are a few reasons you need to act now to remedy your drainage woes.

1. The water could sit up against your basement walls and cause them to collapse.

Often when yards don’t drain properly, the water ends up sitting up against the house. What happens then is that the water puts pressure against the basement walls. While you might think that the pressure could be that great, you need to realize that the constant push of the water can actually begin to make the walls bow. As you can imagine, this isn’t exactly safe. In fact, in some extreme cases, failing to remedy the situation could lead to collapsing walls. Consider the consequences to your family if your home’s foundation caved in. The results could be devastating, if not life threatening.

2. The water could seep into your basement and cause mold growth.

A wet basement is not uncommon. In fact, it is much more common than most people realize. However, just because it’s common does not mean it’s good. In fact, a wet basement could ruin your entire home. Case in point-mold. It is not uncommon for a wet basement to breed mold. And once mold starts to grow, you’re in big trouble. That’s because mold often moves through airborne spores. When the spores hit the air, the mold will spread through your home like wild fire. At the very least, you can expect your allergies to go crazy. Expect wheezing, sneezing, and more. In the worst case scenarios, if your basement breeds black mold, the results could be deadly. Your best bet is to seal up that basement and fix your drainage issues right away.

3. Poor drainage can kill your grass and plants.

Sure your vegetation needs plenty of water, but if water ponds in specific areas of your lawn, well, let’s just say it can get too much of a good thing. The same thing goes for flower beds. Yes, you need to make sure they get water, but flooding the beds will do nothing but kill all the vegetation it the water’s path. So unless you plan on replanting every month or two, you need to get that drainage fixed.

4. You could flood your neighbor’s yards.

In other cases, your yard and home aren’t the biggest issues. Instead, your relationship with your neighbor is at stake. That’s because the improper yard drainage you have might be sending water flowing into your neighbor’s yards. And guess what? They’re going to get awful sick of their swampy yard. As soon as they find out that your poor drainage is the culprit, you can bet they will be coming to you demanding a solution. Why not solve the problem now before things get worse?
Have problems with your drainage? Get them fixed now. Hire a professional contractor specializing in drainage issues.

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