How to help stop your yard from flooding during a storm.


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Dry Wells - Dry Wells or soak wells are buried tanks made of porous materials, plastic or concrete that collect water from drains and stormwater pipes on the property and holds it until it slowly seeps out through the porous walls of the tank and back into the ground, dispersing it. This system is the perfect solution for properties that flood regularly or have drainage issues during downpours. 

These drain systems are some of the most commonly used in household stormwater management and can make a large impact on how your yard handles large amounts of water.

Surface Drains - Surface Drains, also known as channel drains, are drains that are inset into the pavement, or soft areas around impenetrable surfaces such as concrete and pavement that are prone to pooling water. These drains are made up of an enclosed channel, which is often made of plastic, with some form of plastic or metal grating across the top to prevent injury and clogging of the drains from debris and leaf litter. Like French drains these drains are primarily designed to gather and redirect water to locations where it can be easily be dispersed. Channel Drains can also be connected to existing stormwater drain infrastructure, allowing it to drain into the public stormwater system.

Mulch helps trap and disperse out water and prevent flooding. Ideally, the mulch should be heavy enough so that it won’t float away if it is inundated with water. There is the added benefit of reducing the amount of water needed to keep your garden healthy as the mulch traps the water in the ground and prevents evaporation making water supplies last longer.

4. Invest in high-quality mulch for your garden.

To prevent water pooling and flooding your house, ensure that your home is the highest point of your property with the rest of your yard sloping downwards away from it. If it isn’t, it can be a costly process to correct the issue. Before you start pouring money into landscaping, look at drainage alternatives to fix the problem. There are multiple different drain types that can make a huge difference and are more cost-effective than large scale landscaping.

3. Ensure that your house is the highest place in your yard.

2. Reduce the amount of impenetrable surfaces like concrete, paving, or driveways in the house or yard.

French Drains - French drains are trenches dug in the problem areas of the yard or throughout the entirety of the yard that has a perforated pipe or a sock drain laid in the centre. This trench is filled with gravel and topped sometimes topped with soil to camouflage it from view. When it rains or floods the water filters through the gravel in the trench and into the pipe, where it is redirected away from the houses, low areas and areas prone to flooding.

These areas don’t have access to the absorbent soil that helps disperse flood waters, instead of allowing it to pool and causing it to flood. These surfaces create the largest amount of runoff during a storm, second only to the runoff from the house roof. By maximising the amount of absorbent surfaces in your yard to greatly reduce the risk of flooding on your property.

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1. Upgrade your drainage.

Garden drainage is a staple of flooding control, so it is the first place to look when you need to prevent flooding during storm season. There are multiple types of drains that can be useful when it comes to diverting excess water, including French drains, surface drainage, and dry wells.

While summer may seem like it is ages away, winter is the perfect time to take action and get your yard prepared for the impact of summer storms. If your home is one of the many in Brisbane that is prone to flooding during our particularly severe storm seasons, it can be frustrating to watch your garden erode, and your belongings get waterlogged and even float away on a regular basis. However, there are ways to help reduce the impact that heavy rains have on your property and even remove the flooding problem altogether. 

Here are 4 ways to help stop your yard from flooding during the Brisbane storm season.

If your garden is prone to flooding during summer storms, contact the team at WJS Plumbing Services. We offer specialised and professional stormwater drainage construction and management services to customers across Brisbane. From our home in Caboolture, we deal with plumbing jobs, drainage installation and repairs, and plumbing emergencies for customers ranging from North Lakes through to Strathpine, Redcliffe, Aspley, Nundah and the Sunshine Coast.

No matter your drainage issue, contact the team at WJS Plumbing Services, we can solve your plumbing problems and help install solutions that will keep your yard flood free for years to come.

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