How to Improve Yard Drainage

The effects of water erosion can be seen everywhere in the natural world. It can steepen cliffs, deepen caves, and even create islands. However, when erosion happens in your yard, it can cause you a world of pain. Without properly preparing your yard for the inevitability of rainwater and implementing the necessary drainage systems, water can erode not only your lawn, but also the value of your property and structural integrity of your home. Left unchecked, water can cause cracks in your home’s foundation, and cause your walls and roof to decay.

The stakes are high, and to ensure that your home is protected, you’ll need a hand from the professionals. TermiGuard Services & Fenwick are the experts with the experience to make sure that the home of your dreams doesn’t turn in to the home of your nightmares. We can diagnose your drainage issues, and implement proven and effective solutions to solve them. For a free consultation with one of our licensed experts, just give us a call.

Yard Drainage Solutions

Our drainage solutions include, but are not limited to:

  • Sump Pumps
  • Downspout Extensions
  • Trench Drains
  • French Drains

Sump Pumps

Sump pumps are one tool we install to control drainage on your property to protect your home. A sump pump removes water from the lowest part of your home. It’s small, so it won’t be an eyesore, but if you have one in your basement or crawlspace, you can be sure that it will pump out unwanted water and get the job done. In addition to our indoor sump pumps, we can install sump pumps on the exterior of your house as well. Before moving to mechanical solutions, we’ll ensure that your drains and dry wells are in order.

Rain Gutter Downspouts & Downpipes Installation with Contractor Hands. Cleaning and Repair.

Downspout Extensions

When channeled from your roof to your yard, the rain that collects in your gutters can cause catastrophic drainage issues if directed to the wrong place. Depending on where the downspout releases it, rainwater can cause erosion issues and allow water into your home. As part of our services, we can extend the downspout from your gutter to a new and less damaging location. Sometimes we will direct the rainwater directly underground to prevent damage. We may also implement a splash block beneath the downspout to divert water from your home. We are also prepared to replace your downspout entirely.

Trench Drains

Trench drains transport rainwater to new areas away from your house. They are long gutter installed on the surface of concrete areas such as sidewalks, driveways, and paved recreational surfaces where water often collects. Trench drains protect your property’s soil from erosion by transporting water away from your home and garden, to new and less damaging areas. We often install trench drains in tandem with sump pumps to move water from vulnerable basin areas of your home. Trench drains are made of plastic and are covered with a grate to protect the flow of water from organic debris. These grates are built for routine inspection and maintenance in the case that small particles of debris enter the drain. Trench drains are a great option for the client who wants a discreet and effective method to control drainage on their property, without sacrificing the aesthetics of their home.

Looking Through a French Drain With a Black Pipe and Rocks Surrounded it

French Drains

French drains are a surefire way to protect your property from water damage and erosion. French drains are built by placing a perforated pipe near the bottom of a gravel lined ditch. This ditch collects surface water and groundwater, and through the perforated pipe, directs it to a safe location. French drains can solve even your biggest drainage issues, as they can handle greater volumes of water than trench drains. If you find your basement flooded due to rain, French drains may be right for you. French drains are often a preferred landscaping choice for their rocky aesthetic, but they can be made more discreet at the discretion of our clients.

Symptoms of Yard Drainage Problems

Recognizing when your preexisting water drainage methods aren’t doing their job is essential to protecting your home. Homeowners should keep an eye out for these signs and be ready to act. Symptoms of drainage issues are usually easy to spot. For instance, you should be concerned if pools of water form in your yard after rainfall. You may also notice wet basement walls as the hydrostatic pressure pushes water through. These puddles may be caused by broken or clogged drains or downspouts.

Dangers of Yard Drainage Issues

If left alone, these pools make your property an unfortunately hospitable place for mosquitos to breed.

Drainage issues reach can go beyond just your yard. If wooden elements of your home come into contact with water, they may be damaged. Mold and mildew can quickly ruin a home, but they are hard to avoid when your drainage is not up to snuff. Standing water in graders can lead to plant death or fungus growth. Water draining improperly in gardens can erode valuable mulch and soil, leaving vulnerable plants at the mercy of the elements.

Even more treacherous issues may occur where its harder to see the damage. Soil is composed of sand, silt, and clay. If the soil underneath your home is even partially made up of clay, your home may be in danger without proper drainage methods. Clay heavy soils expand as they take on water, and then contract as that water evaporates. These shifts in moisture can cause surfaces underneath your home to become unstable. The expansion and contraction of soil can also apply pressure to your home’s foundation. This pressure may lead to structural failures in the home’s foundation and walls.

Solve Your Yard Drainage Problems for Good

At TermiGuard Services & Fenwick, we’ve created financing opportunities in partnership with GreenSky. We believe that our home improvement services should be accessible to all of our clients. GreenSky can provide loans and flexible terms and conditions to satisfy your drainage needs.

Call the Pros

Once you realize that your property is suffering from water damage, your first step is to call the professionals at TermiGuard Services & Fenwick. Walls, roofs, and foundations can cost an arm and a leg to repair. That’s why we recommend that you hire a professional to ensure that your drainage problems are dealt with correctly and that you won’t need to deal with the fallout of drainage failure that often comes with unreliable do it yourself repairs.

Initial Consultation

Once you decide that we’re the right company for you, give us a call for an initial consultation. We’ll talk with you, determine exactly what issues you’ll need to have resolved, and let you know how you may benefit from our services. Next, we’ll find a time and date to visit your home to meet you and take a look at your property’s drainage.

Home Visit

During our visit to your home, we’ll get acquainted with how your yard drains, and how it doesn’t. Our experts will tell you why your property is suffering from poor drainage by examining the system you have in place. If you are seeing common symptoms of drainage issues, such as rot, cracking, and decay in your wooden walls and floorboard, or your basement is getting wet, we’ll make sure to find the root of the issue.

Strategy Session

After we ascertain what is causing damage, our drainage experts will determine how to remedy your situation. We will develop a strategy, catered specifically to you and your needs, which ensures that poor drainage on your property will be a thing of the past. We value our clients’ needs, so we’ll make sure to communicate with you every step of the way to make sure that our services meet your expectations.


Once we’ve developed our plan of action, we will find a time and date to implement our plan and resolve your drainage issues. Our drainage experts are knowledgeable, efficient, and will leave your property as clean as it was when they arrived. At TermiGuard Services & Fenwick, we get the job done.


After we’ve implemented our plan, and executed the development of your new drainage system, we will be in touch with you to make sure no drainage issues return. We provide regular maintenance and encourage you not to hesitate to call us if anything comes up.

If you are interested in any of our lawn care and drainage methods, contact the professionals at TermiGuard & Fenwick. DIY solutions won’t always cut it, so choose to work with the experts. We have a proven record of getting the job done efficiently and effectively, and we always leave our customers satisfied.