Having a yard with a big puddle of standing water is something every homeowner hopes to avoid, but what does it mean if it happens to you?
Standing water is more than just an eyesore- it can damage your property, your home's foundation, and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. It's important to address the issue in a timely manner, to limit your exposure to potential damage and costly repairs.
What causes standing water? Each case is unique, and there are a variety of issues that can cause standing water... and it could be caused by a combination of factors, including:
Soil. If the soil in your yard is too compacted, the ground cannot absorb water faster than it collects. Soil compaction (and health!) can be improved greatly by lawn aeration.
Grade. The slope (grade) of your lawn is extremely important. All lawns should be graded so that water can properly flow away from the house. If your yard has some low spots where water can collect, regrading could be the solution.
Overwatering. If you are overwatering your lawn, the ground may become too saturated with water to be able to absorb anymore. Analyze your gardening habits to determine if simply cutting back on watering can alleviate or eliminate the problem.
Sometimes the solution for standing water will be more extensive, such as installing a French Drain. These types of solutions are best carried out by professionals, who will be able to assess the situation, correctly determine the cause, and make a good recommendation on the best solution for you.