Drainage problems can be a nuisance in any yard, but they can be especially frustrating when they cause wet spots and standing water. If you’re seeing evidence of drainage problems in your yard, it is important to take action to correct them. This blog post will discuss some common signs of drainage problems.

1) Water Pools in Specific Areas of Your Yard

Water pooling in your yard is one of the most common signs of drainage problems. If water is not draining properly, it can damage your landscaping and create a breeding ground for mosquitoes. 

Several things can cause these types of drainage problems, including:

  • Poorly graded yard: If your yard is not graded properly, water will pool in low-lying areas
  • Compacted soil: When soil is compacted, it does not allow water to drain through
  • Obstructed drains: If your yard drains are blocked by debris or roots, it can cause water to back up

2) Soil Erosion

Soil erosion is another sign of a drainage problem. When water does not drain properly from an area, it can cause the soil to become saturated and soft. It makes it easy for wind and rain to dislodge the soil particles and carry them away. 

If you suspect that your property has this type of drainage problem, it is important to have it assessed by a professional. This is often the best course of action to mitigate the problem and prevent further soil erosion.

3) Struggling Grass

Brown patches in your lawn can be unsightly, but if you notice that your grass is struggling and turning brown, it may signify a drainage problem. Poor drainage prevents water and oxygen from reaching the roots of your grass, causing it to turn brown and die. If you suspect that your lawn has a drainage problem, there are a few tests you can perform to confirm your suspicion. 

First, check the soil around the affected area. If it is compacted or has a high clay content, it may prevent water from draining properly. Another test is to dig a small hole in the affected area and fill it with water. If the water does not drain within 24 hours, you likely have a drainage problem.

4) Your Foundation Appears to Be Sinking

Hopefully your drainage problems won’t get to this point! But if your home’s foundation appears to be sinking, this could indeed indicate an underground drainage issue. 

See, water collecting around your foundation can cause the soil to erode, resulting in foundation damage. And since the foundation is one of the most important parts of your home, this isn’t something you want to mess around with.

If you suspect an underground drainage issue, addressing it as soon as possible is important. In some cases, installing a new drainage system may be necessary. 


As you can see, many signs could point to a drainage problem in your yard. If you have experienced any of these common issues, you should take action to improve the drainage system in your yard.

If you’ve noticed any of these drainage problems in your yard, we’d be happy to help you out! Click here to get in touch with a member of the J Bond Construction team today.

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