Drainage Repair

Drainage Repair In Mission Viejo

Landscape drainage repair is an important part of maintaining a healthy and attractive outdoor space. Proper drainage helps to ensure that water is directed away from your home and other structures and is instead allowed to flow in a more natural way, reducing the risk of flooding and erosion. Repairing drainage problems can involve anything from simple repairs such as clearing clogged drains to more complex solutions such as installing new drainage systems. Regardless of the type of repair needed, it is important to hire a professional to ensure that the job is done correctly and safely.

When it comes to drainage, we frequently encounter two issues: surface water and subsurface water. Your lawn and landscaping must be equipped with drainage solutions to prevent excess rainfall and moisture from pooling and collecting on your property. 

Improper yard drainage can be one of the most aggravating outdoor problems a homeowner faces. You may be experiencing a variety of yard drainage issues if your yard is not draining properly. After all, you should be able to have a usable property. However, every time it rains, your lawn may appear to become a swamp—and in the time it takes to fully dry out, rain appears to be in the forecast again.

Worse, you may be concerned that all of this water will end up in your home.

If you’re having water problems right now or are concerned about them in the future, you’re probably looking for a practical solution to keep water from pooling in your yard. There are yard drainage solutions available, if you can find a landscaping contractor who truly understands what you require.

That is why we want to help you understand some of the most common yard drainage issues and the solutions available. We frequently hear that other landscaping companies do not include drainage in their proposals, and homeowners wonder why we do. We want to help you understand yard drainage so you can make informed decisions about preventing future problems or repairing existing ones.

Signs of Landscape Drainage Issues

Landscape drainage issues can cause a lot of problems for homeowners, such as flooding or water damage to the foundation of the home. Signs of potential drainage issues include water pooling in certain areas of the yard, foundation cracks, soggy or spongy soil, and standing water after rainstorms. It is important to address these issues as soon as possible to prevent further damage and maintain the health of your landscape.

When your landscaping does not drain properly, excess water will frequently accumulate. To establish if you have a problem, evaluate your yard for any of the following indicators:

  • Pooling or stagnant water after a rainstorm 
  • Water collecting beneath downspouts instead of dispersing Soggy ground or patches of overgrown vegetation
  • Development of rivulets and cracks or simple soil erosion are both forms of erosion.
  • There are water stains on the home’s base.

Landscape Drainage Problems’ Root Causes

There are numerous reasons why your soil may not drain effectively. Understanding the root cause of your drainage problems can help you choose the most effective solution.

Clay Soil

Clay soil is prevalent throughout Texas. It is composed of extremely small particles that can get densely packed, making it difficult for liquids to pass through.

Improperly Maintained Down Spout and Gutters

When downspouts and gutters are not properly maintained, they allow excess water to accumulate where it normally would not. This might cause foundation and roof damage to your home.

Lower Yard Locations That Retain Water

If specific portions of your yard are incorrectly graded, water can pool and stand for days after the rain has ceased or the snow has melted, if not longer. Yards can be leveled through grading to reduce pooling and improve drainage.

Elevated water table

High water tables are a common cause of moist soil and a problem that many homeowners must deal with. The water table is the point at which the soil and gravel are totally saturated with water. Yet, because they are buried, they are not readily identified. If your yard has drainage issues and you have exhausted all other possibilities, a high water table is most likely to blame.

How to Fix Landscape Drainage Issues

Landscape drainage issues can be a frustrating problem to deal with. From flooding to standing water, these issues can cause serious damage and costly repairs. Fortunately, there are a few steps that homeowners can take to help mitigate landscape drainage issues.

  1. Identify the Problem – The first step is identifying the source of the landscape drainage issue. Is it a blocked gutter, a downhill slope, or something else? Knowing the cause of the issue is essential for finding a solution.
  2. Investigate Your Landscape – Look for any potential sources of water that could be contributing to the issue. This could include leaky sprinklers, clogged gutters, or areas of standing water.
  3. Clean Out Drains and Gutters – Make sure that all drains and gutters are clear. This will help to prevent water from pooling in certain areas and allow it to properly flow away from the home.
  4. Install a French Drain – A French drain is a great way to divert water away from the home and prevent flooding. This type of drain is typically installed along the foundation of homes and can help to redirect water away from the home.
  5. Install a Retaining Wall – If your landscape is on a slope, a retaining wall can help to redirect water away from the home and prevent flooding.

These are just a few of the steps that homeowners can take to help fix landscape drainage issues. It is important to consult with a professional if the issue persists or if there is any risk of flooding.

Yard Drainage Problems

There are numerous problems that can arise when your yard does not drain properly. We’ve seen it all over the years, from minor issues to major (and expensive) ones.

Here are some of the most common problems we’ve encountered as a result of poor yard drainage.

Pooling water: Poor patio installation and a lack of drainage solutions may result in a patio that forms a small “pond” with each rainstorm. This can also happen in the yard. Any stagnant water like this invites mosquito breeding.

Unusable yard: If your yard becomes a swamp, it may become completely unusable to your family and friends.

Water in the basement: Every homeowner’s worst nightmare is that poor yard drainage will eventually lead to water in the basement. We’ve unfortunately seen it happen.

Mower ruts: When the yard is constantly wet but you still have to mow, it will eventually leave ruts.

Muddy prints: Whether it’s the dog or the kids, muddy prints continue to find their way onto your hardscaping and, worse, into your home.

Plant bed erosion: When it rains heavily, the plant beds are completely washed out.

Hardscaping floods: Undirected water may wash over your walkways or patio, leaving a muddy mess that must be power washed after every storm.

Solution to your Yard Drainage

This is where we come in, as we frequently find that properties are not sloped properly or have other environmental conditions that have been neglected and are affecting the water flow.


One method that can help with yard drainage. Creating the proper slope can aid in the movement of surface water away from your home. People are frequently surprised to learn that even minor grading changes can make a significant difference.

Piping in the Ground

Yard drainage solutions frequently include underground piping. As previously stated, the goal is to direct water away from your property. This could simply mean relocating it to the lowest point in the yard (perhaps in a common area where other homes are also draining). That unused area may remain flooded, but your yard can now dry out.

Retention Zones

Creating a type of retention area where the water drains is an environmentally conscious yard drainage solution that will allow the water to slowly percolate back into the ground rather than flooding it. A similar area can be created with the right combination of decorative river rocks and water-loving plants.


Another thing to think about is your downspouts. We’re frequently surprised by how many homes have downspouts that empty right at the foundation. Not only does this pose a risk of flooding your basement, but heavy rain can turn those downspouts into powerful hoses. Water can destroy plant beds and landscaping as it blasts out into your yard.

While these are some areas that require attention and potential solutions, keep in mind that the best solution for you and your property should be tailored to your specific requirements. Finally, there are numerous approaches to drainage, and a professional like us can assist you in determining the best solution for you. Contact us today for a free quote.

Benefits of Hiring Landscaping Contractors  

Landscaping contractors are experienced professionals who specialize in landscaping and drainage. They are knowledgeable in the design and installation of outdoor drainage systems, as well as providing advice on how to maintain them. Their services range from installing sprinkler systems and drainage systems, to removing excess water from the soil and maintaining it in the proper condition. Landscaping contractors are also knowledgeable in the selection of materials and techniques needed to achieve the desired results. They understand the importance of proper drainage and can help you achieve a healthy and attractive landscape.

With decades of experience and expertise in the landscaping industry, Signature Landscape is committed to providing the highest quality of service and craftsmanship to our customers.

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I embarked on a project with Moe approximately a year ago, but it encountered a brief hiatus due to heavy rain. Fortunately, as soon as the rain ceased, Moe and his dedicated team promptly resumed work and successfully completed the project in July. Moe displayed remarkable patience, ensuring that we are satisfied with the result.
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