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Flooding Solutions: 3 Ways To Use Your Landscaping to Your Advantage

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Three Ways To Update Your Landscaping

If your Austin, TX, home gets frequent heavy storms and you deal with flooding, you likely want to find ways to mitigate the damage. When you modify your landscaping, you protect your home from outside flooding and potential destruction and make your property more beautiful. Here are three ways to update your landscaping to help protect you in a rain storm.

1. Install Rain Drainage Driveways
Driveways are one of the most significant contributors to stormwater runoff damage in a home. The best driveway materials for helping control rainwater are spaced paving and gravel. These materials filter the water and allow it to drain into the ground instead of funneling it directly to your home. If you can't redo your driveway and already have concrete or asphalt installed, then add drainage ditches on either side to help control the runoff.

2. Reroute Rain Spouts
During heavy rains, your rain spouts are pouring water out. If your spouts drain right next to your foundation, you will find that you have problems with outside flooding, which could make its way into your home. When this flooding happens, you'll have to contact a water damage repair specialist to repair any damage sustained.
To control the deluge, reroute your rain spouts away from the house. You can use special connectors to ensure the water goes to lower ground, well away from your home.

3. Use Heavy Mulch
When you're placing mulch in garden beds around your home, you want it to be a minimum of six inches deep and to be made of large, heavy pieces that won't easily float away. The mulch will hold the soil in place and drain the rainwater, which will keep outside flooding under control. It's also important to remember to space the mulch four to six inches from the side of your home to prevent your siding from rotting.
When you use your landscaping to help control the flooding in your yard, you'll find that you don't have much to worry about when the rain starts coming down.

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