Drainage issues can wreak havoc on your home at any time of year, but we find they are especially inconvenient around the holidays. The very last thing you want to deal with as you plan for Thanksgiving visitors is standing water in your yard. Be prepared this year by watching out for these three drainage issues brought to you by your friends at DeFazio Company.

Drainage Issues Around the Holidays

1. Standing Water

If your lawn doesn’t have a proper drainage solution, standing water is inevitable. We find this is especially common during the unpredictable fall and winter months in the Midwest. One day you may have freezing temperatures and the next a balmy 60-degree day. After a few weeks of freezing and thawing, you’re likely to have moisture with nowhere to go. Standing water can lead to slippery, muddy areas around your home, insect problems, and even plant damage. As you prepare for visitors, make sure your home is safe to walk around so your guests won’t slip and fall and end up with serious injuries.

2. Blocked Gutters or Downspouts

Gutters filled with leaves and other debris can lead to waterfalls cascading from your roof or puddles collecting around your drain covers. Not only does this lead to slippery surfaces as mentioned above, but it can also lead to basement flooding or foundation damage. A damp basement or a crumbling foundation isn’t likely to be something you asked Santa for this year, so be sure to watch out for blockages. The sooner you identify a problem, the easier it is to fix.

3. Run Off from Neighbors

Finally, watch out for erosion coming from a higher elevation around your home. This really isn’t your neighbor’s fault, but if their home sits up higher than yours, you may experience a rush of water from their property into yours when it rains. The best thing to do is to watch how the water flows during a rainstorm then have a professional install a catch basin or dry well to catch the redirected water.

Don’t let drainage issues ruin your holiday season. Instead, work with the team at DeFazio Company to keep your yard safe and your home dry. Contact us today in the Cleveland area at (440) 652-6545.