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January 23, 2019

Using rocks for drainage to keep water away from your foundation and home 

Using rocks for drainage to keep water away from your foundation and home 

Keeping water away from your home is always a wise idea. If you have a basement, for example, proper drainage surrounding your home can help keep water from leaking into your basement and damaging your belongings. One way to ensure that water drains away from your home is by landscaping in a strategic manner. By utilizing rocks for drainage, you can keep water away from your foundation and your home.

Practical and Aesthetically-Pleasing

One of the benefits of using rocks for yard drainage is that they not only serve a practical purpose, but they can make your yard aesthetically pleasing as well. Using rocks, water can be directed towards ditches, for example, that are landscaped as swales and resemble creeks or meadows. Because rocks do not compact or degrade with time, they make excellent components to a yard’s drainage system and do not require constant upkeep.

Benefits of Using Rock

Depending on your home’s makeup and where it is situated, you may not want to use larger rocks. Pea gravel is another alternative that works quite well. The most important thing is that your home’s foundation remains secure and that it is protected. Gravel (and other rocks) act as barriers that shun rain and other forms of precipitation away from a building’s foundation.

Another benefit of using rock for drainage is that exposed rock absorbs the heat from sunlight more than other materials like mulch. Rock then radiates this heat at night. This helps to melt ice more quickly and move water away from a home’s foundation in a much faster way.

Be sure to only use rocks for drainage if your soil slopes away from your home’s foundation. If your home is situated in the direction of water flow, keeping rocks at your home’s foundation will do little to help as the water will have nowhere to flow. In this instance, it is best to contact a landscaping professional to determine how you can prepare your yard for heavy rains or snow so that water does not continuously pool around the foundation of your home.

If you are looking to use rock for drainage, buying in bulk is best. Contact Tigard Sand and Gravel today to speak with a specialist to determine what type of rock will work best for your landscaping project. With full, on-time delivery, Tigard Sand and Gravel is the perfect solution for your yard’s drainage needs.