Proper drainage is essential for the longevity and health of your roof and yard in addition to ensuring your roof is weatherproofed properly. Excessive water can build up on your property and cause a variety of problems, including foundation damage, erosion, and water damage.

Tips to Protect Your Yard and Roof

Install Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts channel water away from your roof into the ground and prevent leaks (learn how to tell if your roof has a leak). This prevents water damage and erosion. To prevent clogs, make sure you clean your gutters often. You may also consider gutter guards to keep debris from getting in.

Make a Slope

Water flows downhill so you need to make a slope to direct water away from your house. You can add soil or other materials to your yard to make it slope towards the street or any other area where water can safely drain.

Sump Pumps

Sump pumps can save your life if your property is susceptible to flooding. These pumps can be installed in a pit or basin. They are meant to drain excess water from your property and prevent damage to your yard and home.

French Drains

These underground channels are used to divert water from your property. These drains are made up of a perforated tube surrounded by gravel. They are used to keep water from pooling in low-lying areas.

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Plant Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs can absorb excess water and help prevent erosion. Be sure to select plants that are native to your area and suitable for the soil and drainage conditions of your property.


Mulch can be used to retain moisture and protect your soil from erosion. Mulch can cause drainage problems if you use too much.

Final Words

These tips will help you protect your roof and yard from the harmful effects of excessive water. If your drainage problems persist, you should hire a professional to evaluate the situation and suggest the best course. Proper drainage is essential for home maintenance. It can save you money and time in the long-term.

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