How to Prevent the Buildup of Ponding Water


Ponding is what occurs when large amounts of water gather around areas of your home where the elevation is lower. This gathering of water can make it difficult for the moisture to dry, even after the rainstorm or whatever caused the ponding has passed. Water that accumulates in the wrong area, such as along a structure, can cause significant damage, which is why it's best to prevent the buildup of ponding water in the first place.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Sand or gravel
  • Downspouts
  • Keep your gutters and downspouts free of debris and large organic materials, such as leaves and sticks. When your gutters and downspouts aren't clean, a buildup of ponding water can be the result.

  • Check your storm drainage inlets. Their purpose is to keep organic materials from clogging up your drainage systems, which can lead to ponding water. Make sure your inlets are secure and working properly.

  • Dig a hole where the water typically pools if the problem is somewhere on your lawn. Some pooling is caused by dense topsoil.

  • Fill the hole with a lighter material, such as gravel or sand. This will allow the water to soak into the ground before it has a chance to build up and pool.

  • Install additional downspouts in your yard if the previous methods do not help correct the buildup of ponding water. Much like the downspouts on your house, those in your yard will take the water buildup away from your home to prevent it from becoming ponding water.

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