As a homeowner, one of the last things you want to see is water pooling in your yard. Standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests; what’s more, it raises the risk of dogs and humans tracking mud through the home.
On top of that, water pooling in your yard can potentially point to a significant problem, perhaps even a ruptured water main. As such, one of the first things you should do when you see water pooling in the yard is to explore the potential causes. Only then can you determine the wisest solution.
Potential Causes of Water Pooling in the Yard
If you notice that your yard has pooling water, there could be a few different culprits.
An Issue with the Septic Tank
If you don’t have a septic system, then you can skip this segment. But if you do have a septic, and if the water is pooling near the septic system’s location, that could mean that your unit is backed up or isn’t draining properly. It may be time to call a septic company to come clean out your tank and ensure the drain field is functioning as intended.
Poorly Draining Soils
Most water drainage happens through the soil. If you have a big rain and your lawn doesn’t drain the way it’s supposed to, one potential reason is that your soil isn’t sufficiently porous. If you have a very clay-like lawn, you may need to treat it with some added organic matter to aid in proper drainage.
Of course, another reason why you might have drainage problems is that your house lies at the bottom of a hill or an incline. Even if you don’t live in a hilly area per se, you could experience drainage problems anywhere your lawn slopes downward. The first response should be addressing the grading around your home so that you don’t have water draining down toward the foundation. You might also consider constructing either a dry creek or a French drain to help channel water away from that low spot.
Water Main Rupture
The most unwelcome cause of flooding is that there is a leak in the water line that connects your home to city/municipal water. A ruptured water main will usually lead to standing water in your lawn, but you should notice some other effects as well. In particular, the water pressure in your home will suddenly drop. If this is the case, you’ll want to call the city, or a trusted plumber, to come diagnose the problem.
Emergency Water Services
One problem with water main ruptures: It may take a few days or even a few weeks to fix the problem, and in the meantime, you may not have clean drinking water in your home or business.
Davis Water Service is proud to provide emergency water relief to commercial and municipal clients who have experienced a water main rupture. We can rapidly deploy a delivery of potable water… that is, water that is clean and sanitary enough for drinking or for food prep.
If you require emergency water services for any reason, please keep our team in mind. We are here to help during your hour of need.
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For more than 40 years, Davis Water Service has been a trusted water delivery company. We are known for our best-in-class technology, our friendly customer service, and our commitment to punctuality.
To find out more about our services, including emergency water delivery, reach out to Davis Water Service at any time.