How to Keep Your Patio Free From Flooding
Simple Steps to Keep Your Outside Space Dry
Flooding can cause quite a lot of damage if left unchecked – but there’s no need to resign yourself to it when there are many simple solutions that can help you keep it at bay.
Regardless of whether you are investing in a new patio or have no plans to change your current outdoor landscape, you are going to want to prevent flooding as much as you possibly can. Flooding can cause a lot of damage, both to your property and neighbouring ones, so it’s best to try and avoid it at all costs. Luckily, you’ll find advice to suit every kind of timescale and budget right here, so you can keep your patio dry all year round and the rest of your garden perfectly intact.
Look into materials that help drainage
Creating drainage with natural materials is one of the easiest ways of reducing flooding. If you are having a new patio laid (FYI – high quality natural stone drains much more efficiently!), make sure that there are channels along the edges. By then filling those with materials such as gravel, bark or soil, you will create areas that soak up excess rainwater.
Re-route your guttering
If your patio always floods when it rains, some poorly placed guttering could be to blame. Just think about it. If your patio is already prone to flooding, why would you divert more water into the area? heck where your downpipe is currently placed, and make plans to have it re-routed if it’s clear that it’s adding to your problem. In the hands of a professional, this can be a very simple job, but it can be a very effective way of protecting your landscape.
Call in a professional landscaper
Ideally, a garden should slope away from your property in order to prevent flooding, but that’s not always the case. Before you undertake any major landscaping works such as having a new lawn or patio laid, you should always call in a professional to check the level of your garden. They will be able to tell you where water is likely to collect, and will be able to advise you on the right direction to take with your garden design, then suggest some suitable solutions for you.
Add drainage channels
Sometimes, a patio can need a little extra drainage – particularly during very heavy downpours. Fitting some drainage channels in the centre of a paved area will help water to flow away. The edges of your paving should slope towards the drain, so that water doesn’t just collect around it. It’s pretty easy to fit one yourself, but if you are having a patio laid by a professional, it could be simpler to ask them to fit a drainage channel at the same time for your peace of mind.
Get the most from the rainfall
Rain barrels will put the water that you are so keen to get rid of to good use. It’s surprising just how much water you can collect from Mother Nature, and the great news is that plants prefer it. Rain is naturally soft and is free of the chemicals you can find in tap water. Getting a rain barrel system in place can seem like a lot of work, but if you are already looking into diverting your guttering you are already halfway there!
Get started today
As you can see, there are many different ways to keep your patio free of rainwater. So, long before those April showers hit, why not take action in your garden? Even the smallest change, such as investing in some bark and gravel, will be sure to make a difference – helping you to say goodbye to unsightly puddles for good!