Florida is known for its flat land where soils are dense and the water table is high. Having a properly designed drainage system is a must if you don’t want your yard turning into a wet swamp. Though you might look at your yard and only see flat lands, spot elevations are an ideal way to interpret where problems may lie. Contact a local expert, such as Mancil’s Complete Sitework, who can supply those accurate spot elevations to aide in determining the proper grading needed to prevent flooding of storm water.

You will notice that after a storm event, not having the proper grading and soil compaction for your foundation will lead to standing water that may sit for days. Sand or soil build up on hardscape areas, such as your patio, driveway or sidewalk, as well as yellowing of plant material may be a sign that there is improper drainage. Soil compaction means that the small spaces between soil particles that allow water to percolate below the soil have been diminished, leaving water nowhere to go. The majority of Florida lands have sandy, well-drained soils but there are some areas with silt, clay or marly soils which offer less room between particles for water to move. If this is the case, you could have more severe drainage issues. You will also want your soil to be relatively free of rocks and large stones.

Depending on your specific issue or what your overall goal is to prevent drainage problems in the future, here is a list of drainage systems that you can install yourself or hire a company to do.

  • French Drain
  • Gutters & Down Spouts
  • Dry Well System
  • Catch Basin
  • Swale & Culvert Installation