2018 was a very wet and rainy year for Chester County. In fact, the county received 69.1 inches of rain in total. This is 22 inches above the average for the county and 30 inches above the national average. Chester County is not the only area though that had a record year in terms of the amount of rainfall. Reading, Baltimore, and Atlantic City have all set records for the amount of rain they received last year.
All that rain can cause havoc for a property owner. Standing water in the yard, flooded basements, and soil erosion are just a few of the effects that can be caused by vast amounts of rainfall. Standing water in your yard can create a breeding ground for mosquitos, drown plants and grass, and create slick or dangerous yard conditions. Flooded basements can be a result of downspouts being clogged or not piping the water far enough away from the house. Excessive concentrated runoff can cause soil erosion. If soil erosion happens to your property, it is better to correct the issue quickly rather than waiting. Waiting could result in even more damage and cost more to repair the problem. One way to fix these issues is to fill in any gulleys or affected areas of your property with soil and reseed the area. Another fix is to put in a swale or a seepage bed. A swale can be used to direct water away from the area that has been eroded. This can give time for the affected area to grow grass and stabilize. A seepage pit can be put in the area of standing water or in an area that receives a lot of water. Water can be captured by overland flow by a yard drain and then piped into the pit below ground.
Here at D.L. Howell, we are trained to take these issues and turn them into a positive result. Please contact us with all your erosion problems and we will be glad to help!