5 Tips for Fixing and Unclogging Troublesome Yard Drains

Yard drains are key to keeping your lawn and driveway clear of standing water, but when they become clogged, they can cause huge problems.

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Keeping your yard clear, tidy, and healthy throughout the year isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Your yard drainage system is all-important when it comes to keeping your yard free of standing water. In fact, it is important in ensuring that heavy rainfall doesn’t lead to water pooling by your foundation. So regular drain maintenance is a necessity. If, however, you have left your drains unattended through the summer and they have become clogged, there are some things you can do to get them back in shape quickly. 

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5 Tips for Fixing Clogged Yard Drains 

Of course, exactly what you are able to do without professional help depends on what kind of drainage systems you have and how easily you can access them. Nonetheless, these tips should help you get your drainage system moving again, even if you need to call in help to clear it properly. 

1. Clear All Debris from Drain Grates 

If foliage or other debris has covered drain grates in your yard, water may be slow in reaching your drainage system. This can lead to standing water in your yard, especially during heavy rainfall. Clear away all plants, organic debris, and clutter from the grates to ensure water actually gets pushed into your drain system. 

2. Remove Grates to Check for Large Blockages 

If you are able to do so, you should remove the grates and check for large pieces of debris in the spaces below. Removing debris with a net or scoop, gently so as to avoid damaging the drain itself, could help with drainage hugely. 

3. Flush the System 

One of the most likely causes of a clogged yard drainage system is a buildup of organic debris like leaves in the pipes themselves. Use your garden hose to flush the system; the force of the water from the hose should be more than enough to shift organic debris deposits from inside your pipes. 

4. Check Inspection Portals 

If you are able to locate and access the inspection portals for your drainage system, you should watch them while you flush with your hose. If you can see water moving in the inspection portal, it may be that there are stubborn clogs in the system. If there is no water coming through, or if the amount of water going through the system is greatly reduced, you may have a more stubborn blockage. 

5. Clear the System with a Drain Snake 

A drain snake is one of the last resorts available to you when it comes to cleaning stubborn clogs from your yard drains. They can be rented at most hardware stores, too, if you want to give clearing your system a go. If this doesn’t work, you may have a severe issue like a root invasion on your hands. At this point, it is best to seek a professional opinion. 

Keeping Your Drainage System Healthy 

If your yard drains are regularly clogging, there may be underlying issues that need attention. JES Foundation Repair offers free inspections that will uncover the cause of your troubles. Tree root invasion is just one of many possible causes, and our team will consider every possibility before recommending any invasive inspection measures or repair options. Once your system has been returned to working order, however, there are some things that you can do to make sure that it stays healthy in the future. 

They are: 

Replace Grates with Fine Screens 

If your drain grates are too widely spaced, they can let debris into your drainage system and cause damage. Replacing these grates with a fine screen or less widely spaced grate can make all the difference. 

Regularly Clear Debris 

Forming the habit of checking and clearing your drainage grates on a regular basis will not only prevent avoidable blockages, but it will also enable you to notice problems before they snowball into larger issues. 

Consider Clever Landscaping 

Regrading your yard is a little extreme but being careful about which plants surround your yard drainage can make a real difference. Certain plants create complex yet delicate root systems that hold the soil together and manage the levels of moisture. The right mix of plants and flowers in your landscaping plan could actually help your yard drainage system by reducing or controlling runoff water. 

If you need help with checking or replacing your exterior drains, or would like professional advice about this and other kinds of waterproofing, don’t hesitate to contact the expert team at JES. We’ll make sure your home and property stay free of troublesome clogs and potential flooding hazards.

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