When you selected your home, you probably didn’t take drainage into account. Unless you are a farmer or something along those lines, these things likely didn’t occur to you. But if you didn’t, you might be dealing with a water problem now.
It is a no-brainer to point out that water builds up in low spots. That’s why the oceans are full of water. This happens both because water is fairly heavy and because it always tends to seek the lowest point. So, if you bought or rented a house situated between two hills, you should have known better. When you see that water building up in your basement or in the corners of your back porch, take it as a lesson.
Of course, this might be a little too judgmental. There are some areas of low elevation that are prone to flooding for reasons that are not so obvious. Another factor is the land itself. As any farmer will tell you, some soil drains water and some soil does not. Areas that are mostly clay are especially prone to hold water.
So what can you do about it? Well, you’ve got a few options.
Option number 1 is to install a trench drain system. This is something that will require the services of a professional company in most cases. However, this is the most effective and elegant solution. I recommend the fine people at ACO trench drainage products, as their work is some of the best I have ever seen. They offer a lot of options in terms of style and function.
Option number 2 is the old-fashioned solution…. build your house on stilts! This is a solution that is popular in many southeast Asian countries where regular monsoon flooding is both unavoidable and devastating. Building elevated homes on poles mounted in the ground is a solution that allows people to wait out the flood in the comfort of their own homes. While this is a great solution for those who are building their own home, it is not an option for renters.
Option number 3, if your flooding is outdoors, is to just take the low-tech approach and dig a trench. Just find the spot where water is collecting the most and dig a shallow trench to lead the water away. the best thing is to lead it into a pond or lake. However, leading it down to the roadside drainage ditch is good as well.
Option number 4 is the simplest and the most difficult all at once. This option is to just move somewhere else that doesn’t flood. Of course, not everyone can do this, but if the flooding issues are bad enough, it may be cheaper and more convenient to just find a new location for yourself.
I hope this list has been informative and helpful but let me say in fairness that I am not a trained professional in this subject and my words should be understood as such.