Drainage problems you might find in the summer 

Drainage problems you might find in the summer 

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Summer is the season when most people want to spend their time outdoors, enjoying the warmth of the sun and the beautiful weather. However, it's also the season when drainage problems are most likely to occur. If you don't take care of these problems promptly, they can lead to serious damage to your property and even health hazards. Here are some common drainage problems you might encounter during the summer and how to solve them. 
The guttering is blocked and dripping

Clogged gutters 

Gutters play a crucial role in protecting your home from water damage by channelling rainwater away from your roof and foundation. However, if they're clogged with debris such as leaves, twigs, and dirt, they can't function properly. As a result, water can overflow and damage your roof, siding, and foundation. It can also lead to mould growth and attract pests like mosquitoes and rodents. 
The solution to this problem is simple: clean your gutters regularly. You can do this yourself using a ladder and a garden hose or hire a professional to do it for you. 

Standing water in summer 

Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can transmit diseases like West Nile virus and Zika virus. It can also attract other pests like rodents and snakes. Standing water can also damage your lawn and plants by drowning their roots. 
To solve this problem, make sure your yard has proper drainage. Install a French drain or a dry well to direct excess water away from your property. You can also use a sump pump to pump water out of low-lying areas. 
Soggy waterlogged lawn in summer

Soggy lawn's are more frequent in summer 

A soggy lawn is not only unsightly but also unhealthy for your grass. It can lead to root rot and fungal diseases that can kill your grass. It can also attract pests like mosquitoes and rodents. 
To solve this problem, you need to improve your lawn's drainage. Aerate your lawn to allow water to penetrate the soil more easily. You can also add organic matter like compost to improve the soil's structure and drainage. If your lawn is severely damaged, you may need to regrade it or install a drainage system. 

Basement flooding 

Summer storms can dump a lot of water in a short amount of time, overwhelming your basement's sump pump or foundation drains. This can lead to basement flooding, which can cause significant damage to your property and create a health hazard by promoting mould growth. 
To solve this problem, make sure your sump pump is working properly by testing it regularly. You should also install a backup battery or generator in case of power outages. Check your foundation drains for clogs or damage and repair them if necessary. You can also install a basement waterproofing system to prevent water from entering your basement in the first place. 
In conclusion, drainage problems are common during the summer and can cause serious damage to your property and health hazards if not addressed promptly. By following these tips, you can prevent and solve these problems and enjoy a beautiful and healthy outdoor space all summer long. 
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