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Top 3 Reasons You May Have Standing Water in Your Yard

By Kevin Kozlowski

If you have purchased a new home, or recently added fencing or landscaping to your home, and are noticing standing water in your yard, you may have one of the following three problems.

The top 3 reasons you may have standing water in your yard are:

  1. A heavy rain event occurred within the past 48 hours.
  2. Fencing is blocking proper drainage flow.
  3. The initial grading plan was changed.

Proper grading occurs when an engineer takes careful consideration to plan out the original site. The landscaper then takes those plans and ensures that the final grade is established properly. Altering the original site grading without first consulting a professional landscaper could render the landscaping part of a homeowner warranty void. Improper grading could possibly lead to washouts (portions of land get washed away) and/or water damage to the exterior and interior of the home.

If you notice standing water in your yard there may be a grading or drainage problem which is most likely caused by one of the issues listed below.

  1. A heavy rain event occurred within the past 48 hours.
    A properly graded yard with adequate drainage swales will ensure that water will not remain standing 48 hours after a heavy rain event. It is however, normal to see some pooling water immediately after a large storm.
  1. Fencing is blocking proper drainage flow.
    Fencing that is placed low or close to the ground may affect the proper drainage of water. If a homeowner chooses to install his or her own fence, it’s important for them to consider the drainage pattern in the yard and not install the fencing in such as way as to block the natural drainage of the yard.
  1. The initial grading plan was changed.
    A change in grading caused by landscape beds or other type of landscaping may increase the likelihood of standing water or other drainage issues. It is critical when adding or modifying the landscaping of your yard to take the original grading and drainage into account. If you block the drainage away from your home with new landscaping, you may end up with water damage to your home’s siding and interior.

A beautifully landscaped yard is a wonderful addition to a new home as well as a neighborhood. Keeping the above information in mind will ensure that you enjoy a home and yard free of any water drainage related issues.

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9 thoughts on “Top 3 Reasons You May Have Standing Water in Your Yard

  1. This is so perfect. I just googled “standing water in back yard+48 hours” and this was the first link. McKee Homes won’t do a thing to fix my back yard that has standing water well past my ankles; but maybe that’s what they consider ‘some pooling water’.

    • Jordan, I contacted our customer service department and was informed that they are currently working on your drainage issue as part of our standard 30 day warranty process. They mentioned your yard is graded properly and the plan is to remove the back 4′ section of silt fence to allow better drainage.

  2. Wow, I had no idea that you could actually affect your yard’s drainage ability just by getting new landscaping work done! It sounds like it is probably a good idea to have a landscaper inspect the land so that you know what the original land grading plan is. After all, the last thing anyone wants is a huge puddle of standing water in their backyard!

  3. John, I didn’t realize that standing water in the yard could come from improper grading. We have standing water in our yard. Maybe we should call a professional to come in and take a look at it. We might need to get the grading fixed.

  4. I didn’t know that a change in the grading could cause standing water in your yard. You suggest that it’s important to take the original grading and drainage into account when modifying the landscaping of your yard. My question is how, specifically, would you do this? Is this something that you can do yourself when modifying your yard or would you need to call in a professional to help you avoid these potential drainage issues? Thank you for your help.

    • You can do this yourself as long as you are aware of how the yard is draining and are careful not to block that drainage. However, it’s a good idea to call in a professional landscaper if you are unsure or have big changes planned for your yard.

  5. Based on the picture, and what you describe, I think our yard may have been improperly graded! Whenever it rains, and sometimes when we turn the sprinkler on, our yard seems to just retain all water right in our backyard. I am not sure what causes this, but it could be what I already mentioned. We are looking for a contractor that can check this out and help get new grading for our yard. Thanks for the information.

  6. Gabrielle, thank you for reading our blog article and taking time to respond. These articles are great tools to help homeowners understand more about issues that arise from owning a home and are also valuable in providing maintenance tips. We are sorry that you are having issues with standing water in your yard. It is important to evaluate the condition of your yard to make sure it is being maintained properly and that over time you take necessary measures to insure it continues to perform as originally intended. Fortunately, McKee Homes provides every new Home Owner with a 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty that provides each owner with a clear description of items in your home that are warrantable by the Builder and what items are the responsibility for maintenance of the homeowner. If you feel that this issue is a warrantable item please submit your request to 2-10 so that it can be properly addressed if warrantable.

  7. We have had this issue in our new home since the day we over in. They said it would get better and it hasn’t. Kind of crapy on McKee’s part.

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