Create a plan for water runoff when building an addition or a patio. Planning can save you money and headaches later.

Plan For Runoff Before You Dig

Finding a flat spot in your yard for construction is not as easy as you might think. It’s crucial that you consider water runoff and make sure the water is moving away from your home and from any new building.

Location, Location, Location

Think about how the water moves around your yard. Will a new addition or patio trap water against the house? If so, that pooling water will create a big expensive mess. Not to mention it will affect your basement.

Is Your Addition Causing Problems for Your Neighbor?

So with the planning of any addition, you should also talk about drains and downspouts and runoff.

It’s important that you put that in your plan because it will be there, it will show its ugly head. And what’s really unfortunate is when your sweet neighbor, or not-so-sweet neighbor, puts a shed in their backyard and they’ve got to get it in a level spot. Or they put a pool in for the kids, or they put a new retaining wall in, or they put an addition in. And harmless or not, all of a sudden now your yard is dealing with it. And guess what, they’re not breaking the law.

Thou Shalt Not Flood Thy Neighbor’s Property

So it’s really important to be a good neighbor, to be a good steward of your own property. Make sure you’ve thought this whole thing out. Make sure you haven’t put a swimming pool in a place where they will collapse. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to fix the terrain around pools, put outside sump systems in because they were collapsing the liners. The pool leaked and blasted out a house. The pool failed and took out the neighbor’s basement wall.

Know the Flow

It’s very important! So before you start putting everything into motion, everything into a drawing form, make sure you’ve thought about topography. Make sure you’ve thought about where everything’s going. Because if you don’t think about it before, you will think about it later, and I think it’s very important that you really take a good look at that.

So additions, pools, either from your point or the neighbor’s point, if you see it coming and you know it’s coming, even if it’s the neighbors doing it, be proactive on your part. It’s always cheaper if you do things in your time frame, rather than the time frame that’s put on you. So be proactive, be thinking about it and know that changes to your yard will make changes to your house. Feel free to contact us with your questions.